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Framework for Reconciliation in Long Beach

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was killed by four Minneapolis Police Officers. The incident was captured on video for the world to see. Floyd’s death was senseless and an appalling reminder that racial inequity continues in our communities and amongst the structures meant to serve them.

Across the nation, including here in Long Beach, people took to the streets in public outcry to condemn the violence and racial inequities that have systematically impacted all people of color, Black people in particular.

On June 9, 2020, the Long Beach City Council engaged in an earnest conversation about racism as a public health crisis, the need to restore public trust in City government, and how to reconcile a gap in the experiences of impacted and vulnerable people with current City policies, especially the Black community.

The City Council called upon City staff to prepare a report that would put the City Council in a position to enact culture and system change.

The protests and public outcry in Long Beach led the City Council to unanimously adopt a Framework for Reconciliation on June 23, 2020. This resolution has four key components to ending systemic racism.

 

Initial Report – August 3, 2020

The Racial Equity and Reconciliation Initiative – Initial Report was shared with Mayor Robert Garcia and City Council on August 3 to coincide with the release of the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget. The report details actions to advance racial equity and reconciliation with the vision that race does not determine social and economic outcomes for those who live and work in Long Beach. The initial report represents the fourth step in the Framework for Reconciliation following acknowledging, listening and convening with stakeholders to shape policy and ideas.

The City encourages community members to stay engaged in the reconciliation process by submitting their comments on this agenda item in advance of the Aug. 11 City Council meeting. People may also provide input to their City Councilmember. The Office of Equity, along with all City departments, will work collaboratively with the community to implement the strategies outlined.

The reconciliation process and report are intended to be a first start in accelerating racial equity in the city. The City will continue to provide opportunities for community input as the process to further advance racial equity and justice moves forward.

Additional comments and recommendations can also be sent to the Office of Equity by emailing EquityLB@longbeach.gov.


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