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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Equity in Employment

A resolution, "Supporting Equity in Employment in Minneapolis and the Region," that I am co-authoring will be coming for approval to the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Health Committee tomorrow, on August 22 at 1:30pm. Time for a public comment will be provided.

The resolution declares that racism, discrimination and racial employment disparities in Minneapolis are serious problems that must be solved. It commits the City government to lead by example and better incorporate racial equity into City policies and, if approved, it would direct the City Coordinator, Community Planning and Economic Development Director and the Civil Rights Director to engage with other department heads, staff and our Workforce Council to develop and implement an Equity Assessment Toolkit to inform city decisions including those related to the budget, hiring, promotion, contracting and purchasing. It also directs staff to assess and implement where appropriate, the other recommendations of the Equity in Employment Task Force report and recommend fair hiring provisions to be added to our code of ordinances.

Additionally, it would authorize the City to formally join the Ramsey County Blue Ribbon Commission's Everybody In regional collaboration.

This is the result of a great deal of work dating back to 2008 that many people have been part of. It is also a critically important next step for the City to take to make Minneapolis a more just city.

For more details see item 6. Equity in Employment on the Committee agenda and come tomorrow to see the staff report and show your support if you are able.


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