The recent death of George Floyd is a sad and somber event in our nation’s history and reflects the racial injustice that exists in our society. In their discussion last evening, Dublin City Council expressed their support of all that is necessary to work toward a more just and equal society . City Council agreed that immediate action is required in all communities, and that it will do its part to advance community dialogue and take action. Council agreed to take the following initial steps to set a long-term and sustainable agenda and action plan that effects change.
The initial actions include:
- Adopting an official statement or revised Resolution that further emphasize their position previously stated in Resolution 37-17, a resolution adopted in 2017. This Resolution recognized that “hatred, fear, and discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, religion, or national origin is detrimental to all people who cherish freedom and equality” and committed to “… combat intolerance, negative stereotyping and discrimination”.
- Provide meaningful forum/s for the concerns of our community to be heard and to provide awareness and learning opportunities.
- Consider establishing a diverse and inclusive task force or committee to advise City Council on a long-term and sustainable plan to promote equity through efforts, to be determined, aimed at understanding, addressing and dismantling racism, ensuring public safety and advancing necessary public policy. This task force or committee may also monitor and advise Council on similar matters relative to its City staff and employee policies, and delivery of the City’s programs and services to the public.