In light of the significant focus and important conversations being had nationwide on issues of race and justice the City of Long Beach is taking steps to address these issues at the local level.
Starting this week, 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. Over 10 sessions will be held over the next two weeks with top City management, connecting with a broad base of diverse stakeholders in the Black community, as well as the entire City of Long Beach.
Additionally, I will be leading an implicit bias primer that will be disseminated via email, as well as a virtual conversation on race and race dynamics on July 1st. More information to come on both of those.
The City hosted sessions begin today, June 18 and continue through July. To comply with the City's health orders and physical distancing measures, listening sessions will be held virtually at this time.
Additional details and registration information can be found on the City of Long Beach Office of Equity website. Community members are encouraged to complete a brief online survey, and can submit their questions, ideas and inquiries about how to get involved by emailing: 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.)
Long Beach takes great pride in being one of the most diverse cities in the country, and the City is committed to implementing the community's vision for ensuring that Long Beach continues to thrive and provide greater opportunities for all.