LB Details Framework for Reconciliation

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LONG BEACH —The city announced plans June 15, for a “Framework for Reconciliation in Long Beach,” as unanimously approved by the City Council. Acknowledging the existence and long-standing impacts of systemic racism in Long Beach and the country, the initiative will provide a framework for engaging the public in a reconciliation process, internal process review and local action plan.

The Framework for Reconciliation centers around four key steps: 

Acknowledging the existence and long-standing impacts of systemic racism in Long Beach and the country.

Listening to accounts and experiences of racial injustice, inequity, or harm of community members.

Convening stakeholders to evaluate the feedback from the listening process and shape policy, budgetary, charter and programmatic reform ideas.

Catalyzing action, presenting immediate, short-term, medium-term, and long-term recommendations for the City Council’s consideration.

Long Beach residents will have the opportunity to participate in a series of collaborative, focus-group style community listening sessions to engage in and provide ideas for creating meaningful change for all aspects of inequity and racial injustice. 

The sessions began June 18 and will continue through July. Listening sessions will be held virtually.

Details:www.longbeach.gov/health/healthy-living/office-of-equity/reconciliation

Community members are encouraged to complete a brief online survey, and can submit their questions, ideas and inquiries about how to get involved by email to EquityLB@longbeach.gov. All comments will be reviewed, organized into thematic areas, and shared with policy makers and the public. 

Initial listening session topics, dates and times are as follows:

Racial Equity Across Systems (including health, economics, education, etc.)

June 18, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

June 30, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Spectrum of Community Safety

July 2, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

June 24, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Health Equity

June 25, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

July 2, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Racial Equity in Housing and Homelessness

June 26, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

July 1, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Economic Equity

June 29, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

July 2, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Equity in Education & Youth Services

June 29, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

July 3, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

For more information,www.longbeach.gov/press-releases/city-details-framework-for-reconciliation/

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