A note from CCM:
America is confronted once again by the disturbing reality that deep systemic racism persists throughout our society and economy. The murder of George Floyd has triggered anger, anguish and unrest, igniting calls for change that have swept Connecticut and the nation.
The challenge of this moment invites Connecticut municipal leaders and organizations to engage with their communities on racial equity and to move forward making smart policy decisions that can eliminate racial inequities in all government policies, practices and procedures. We cannot let this moment pass without moving forward.
This page will feature trainings, studies and articles to help Connecticut towns and cities start the process for deeper examinations of bias, how to recognize such bias and begin the process to weed it out of town halls and communities.
CCM is excited to be working with the National League of Cities and its Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) team to determine how best we organize a more intentional strategy to strengthen the capacity and knowledge of municipal leaders across our organizations, who are interested in eliminating racial disparities, healing racial tension and building more equitable communities.
The initiative will help CCM members to engage with their communities on racial equity and to move forward making smart policy decisions that can ensure fairness and eliminate racial inequities in government policies, practices and procedures.
This initiative is a part of what will be CCM’s sustained engagement on inclusion, which will consist of, among other things, periodic free trainings for CCM-member municipal officials, including at CCM’s annual conventions; CCM staff development trainings, and access to consultants for community trainings/conversations.
CCM urges you to have long-needed, tough conversations and take substantial actions to help make Connecticut’s towns and cities the strong example for the nation they have the potential to be.
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