Race Equity Task Force
December 10 City Council Business Meeting (Video): City Council approved the Race Equity Task Force's 2020 Work Plan, proposed Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) budget and extended current member terms through 2020. View agenda packet materials.
November 26 City Council Business Meeting (Video): City Council received recommendations from the Race Equity Task Force to join GARE, engage this group to provide technical assistance, convene a group of City staff members, and work in 2020 to develop a Race Equity Action Plan for the City organization. View agenda packet materials.
November 5 City Council Study Session (Video): The City Council received an update and recommendations from the Race Equity Task Force and it's City Council liaisons regarding next steps for possible 2020 investments. View agenda packet materials.
Scope of Work
- Develop a series of events through the end of the year designed to promote awareness and raise the community’s level of engagement around race and to encourage a dialogue between Bainbridge Islanders and its elected officials on this topic.
- Task Force will invite the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) and the People’s Institute Northwest to first come and meet with the task force and then we will have a study session discussion.
- Task Force to provide a series of recommendations to City Council on ways in which the City can help the community become a more inclusive and responsive community when it comes to addressing racial inequities.
The Bainbridge Island Race Equity Task Force is committed to building awareness, solutions, and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information, and experiences. We define racial justice as the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all. We achieve our mission by:
- Community Engagement: Listening to the needs and concerns of our neighbors with compassion and sharing our knowledge.
- Continuous Learning: Deepening our understanding of institutional racism and how it impacts racial equity on the island. Improving our skills in countering racism and organizing for racial justice by tapping the knowledge of experts and jurisdictions who have undergone similar work.
- Advocacy and Activation: Creating opportunities for organizers, individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, and businesses to invest in interrupting racism, bigotry, and prejudice whenever encountered.
The Bainbridge Island Race Equity Task Force envisions a society where all systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, health care, housing, the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive, enabling all people to participate and reach their full potential. We believe in the dignity and humanity of all people and strive for a healthy and prosperous community that promotes all people having equitable access and opportunity.
The purpose of the Task Force is to provide advice and counsel to the City Council on matters of identifying programmatic, community and legislative options and to seek suggestions on how the City can help Bainbridge Island to be an open and welcoming community for all.
“The Comprehensive Plan reinforces our commitment to race equity, but we have not taken measurable steps to address institutional racism in our community,” said Councilmember Matt Tirman. “We will endeavor to change this through the Race Equity Task Force, which will include Islanders from diverse backgrounds.”