5 Cities Launch the 'Racial Equity Here' Initiative

The idea behind the "Racial Equity Here" initiative: dismantle systematic racial inequality.

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July 29, 2016, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Oscar Perry Abello reports on the launch of Racial Equity Here, a $3 million initiative that "will support five U.S. cities committed to improving racial equity and advancing opportunity for all: Albuquerque, Austin, Grand Rapids, Louisville and Philadelphia."

At the beginning of the initiative, "each city will complete a racial equity assessment of their core government operations with an intentional focus on 'opportunity youth' — adults and youth of color aged 16 to 24, who are disproportionately out of school or work." 

"The hope is that the transparency itself will spur discussions that lead to new programs and more importantly a new operating mindset that considers racial equity in all decisions, including and especially annual budget decisions," adds Perry Abello.

The article includes more details about the racial equity work already underway in cities like Austin and Albuquerque, and how the participating cities are hoping to take advantage of the program.

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