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File #: 21-24    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 1/19/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 1/25/2021 Final action: 1/25/2021
Title: Resolution affirming racism as a public health crisis Ward(s): All Wards Councilor(s): All Councilors Neighborhood(s): All Neighborhoods Result Area(s): Safe Community; Welcoming and Livable Community.
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 2021-3 Racisim and Public Health.pdf
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TO:                      Mayor and City Council   

THROUGH:                         

FROM:                      Steve Powers, City Manager  

                                          

SUBJECT:

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Resolution affirming racism as a public health crisis    

 

Ward(s): All Wards    

Councilor(s): All Councilors    

Neighborhood(s):  All Neighborhoods    

Result Area(s): Safe Community; Welcoming and Livable Community.  

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ISSUE:

 

Shall City Council adopt Resolution No. 21-3 affirming racism as a public health crisis?    

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

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Adopt Resolution No. 21-3 affirming racism as a public health crisis.    

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SUMMARY:

 

Resolution No. 21-3 affirms that racism is a public health crisis and finds:

                     Racial discrimination negatively impacts health outcomes;

                     Racism disproportionally impacts the long-term physical and mental health of Black people and people of color, and;

                     Racism creates disparate outcomes in many areas of life that result in disparities in family stability, healthcare, physical and behavioral health, mental wellness, education, employment, economic development, public safety, criminal justice, incarceration, juvenile delinquency, and housing that disproportionately affects Black people and people of color

 

 

FACTS AND FINDINGS:

 

Resolution No. 21-3 determines that racism is a public health crisis and the lives and experiences of Black people and people of color living in Salem matter. Further, that City Council endorses the continued implementation and use of policies and practices for employee conduct and equitable treatment of all people and honors, by adoption of the resolution, the common humanity of all people, regardless or face or ethnicity.

 

The Resolution also provides that the City shall:

                     Employ an equity lens in engagement and planning processes to ensure the resulting product represents the needs of everyone in our community;

                     Support the Human Rights Commission and strengthen alliances with out organizations that are confronting racism;

                     Build on learning opportunities for elected officials and employees; and

                     Commit to actively participate in dismantling system racism and it impacts within the city, and endorse policies and practices for employee conduct and equitable treatment of all people.

 

BACKGROUND:

 

At the January 11, 2021 City Council meeting, Council adopted Councilor Leung’s motion to direct staff to bring back a resolution for Council’s consideration to declare racism as a public health crisis. The draft resolution was presented to City Council at its January 19, 2021 work session.  

                     Courtney Knox Busch     

                     Strategic Initiatives Manager   

 

Attachments:

1. Resolution No. 21-3.