Dear California City Leaders,
The last few weeks have weighed heavily on us all. With cities still feeling the impacts of COVID-19, and slowly starting to reopen their communities, we suddenly faced the brutal death of George Floyd and the loud calls for justice and equity that followed. All of us have experienced the pain, frustration, and anger brought about by the broken trust between law enforcement and the diverse communities they serve. We have also experienced hope, witnessing local leaders, police officers, citizen protesters, and others standing together united for racial equity and justice in California and our nation.
As local leaders, you have a tremendous opportunity to advance these causes, and many of your cities are already taking action. I want you to know the League is here to support you in those endeavors. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be working to ensure you have the resources you need, just as we are doing with COVID-19, to lead your communities. In the meantime, I encourage you to read and share resources from the National League of Cities REAL, Race, Equity, and Leadership program
. Individual links to these resources can be found below.
I am so proud of your leadership and dedication to our cities during these challenging times. The League looks forward to continuing our work together to ensure a bright future for our cities and the families who live in them.
Responding to Racial Tension in Your City: A Municipal Action Guide
Advancing Racial Equity in Your City: A Municipal Action Guide
- A guide that includes important contextual and tactical information to support your municipality’s efforts to respond effectively.
Repository of City Racial Equity Policies and Decisions
- Compiles six immediate steps for improving outcomes for all residents.
My Brother's Keeper Landscape
- Review examples of concrete policy and budgetary changes local elected officials have made to prioritize racial equity in their cities, towns, and villages.
- City leaders respond to the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge by tackling the disparities that face our nation’s boys and young men of color (BYMoC).
- Learn how 12 cities and their elected leaders around the country are advancing racial equity in their communities.
Carolyn M. Coleman
League of California Cities