In Minneapolis, all of our work to eliminate socio-economic disparities centers around our belief that what we look like and where we come from should not determine the benefits, burdens, or responsibilities we bear in our society. Because we believe all people are created equal in terms of rights, dignity, and the potential to achieve great things, we see inequality based on race, gender, and other social characteristics as not only unfortunate but unjust. The value of equality, democratic voice, physical and economic security, social mobility, a shared sense of responsibility for one another, and a chance to start over after misfortune or missteps -- what many Americans call redemption -- are the moral pillars of the American ideal of opportunity (The American Prospect, 2007). Despite Minneapolis' reputation as one of the most progressive, thriving cities in the country, we cannot escape the present legacy of past discrimination.
The Racial Equity Community Advisory Committee was created by Resolution 2017R-499 : Establishing the Racial Equity Community Advisory Committee to serve as an advisory board to the City Council, Mayor, and City Departments on City policies, practices, budget, and other matters that it determines to be appropriate, related to addressing racism and racial inequities and promoting racial justice and racial equity in the City enterprise and in the City as a whole. It is meant to advise the Racial equity Steering Committee on the creation and implementation of the Racial Equity Action Plan, and provide an annual evaluation report to the community on the City's progress addressing racial inequities and closing racial disparities.
The current members of the Racial Equity Community Advisory Committee are:
|Seat #||Candidate||Seat #||Candidate|
Seat 1: Ward 1
|Larry Pinkley||Seat 9: Ward 9||Emmanuel Ortiz|
|Seat 2: Ward 2||Noel Gordon, J.||Seat 11: Ward 11||Jim Meyer|
|Seat 3: Ward 3||Kameron Lindsey||Seat 12: Ward 12||Sherlonda Clarke|
|Seat 4: Ward 4||D.A. Bullock||Seat 13: Ward 13||Kate Redden|
|Seat 6: Ward 6||Josie Shardlow||Mayor Appointed||Aaron Hill|
|Seat 7: Ward 7||Arthur Himmelman||Mayor Appointed||Me'Lea Connelly|
|Seat 8: Ward 8||Marjaan Sirdar|
Vacancies - Seat 5: Ward 5, Seat 10: Ward 10
The regular meeting of the Racial Equity Community Advisory Committee will be on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Location may vary.
The City of Minneapolis has been adopting resolutions and taking steps towards equity for a long time. Below are a few examples of this work: