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Politics & Public Policy

Racism, Inequity, and Public Health: Cuyahoga County's Response

Virtual Forum

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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"If you look at the policies that our own federal, state, and local governments intentionally set to leave Black and brown people out of the system, that's being acknowledged now." – India Pierce Lee

In late 2019, Cuyahoga County Council passed legislation creating the formation of the Citizen’s Advisory Council on Equity. The 15-member Council is tasked, in part, with reviewing and providing recommendations to reduce the disparity between Black and white residents across the county when it comes to healthcare, criminal justice, safe and affordable housing, and educational opportunities – among other issues. By December 31, the Council will work to propose changes to County policies, procurement, structure of County government, and the Cuyahoga County Code.

The announcement of the nominees for the 15-member Council came the same day as Cuyahoga County passed legislation declaring racism a public health crisis. The county’s action comes on the heels of several other governments in Ohio – including Cleveland, Akron, and Summit County – taking similar action.

Join us for a conversation with County Executive Armond Budish and three members of the Citizen’s Advisory Council on Equity on their plans to identify, address, and dismantle systemic racism and inequity in Cuyahoga County.

The livestream will be available beginning at noon. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

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