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The Planning Committee of Transition Longfellow passed a resolution calling for a meaningful Truth and Reconciliation process in Minneapolis to address the historic and ongoing impacts of systemic racism on communities of color. The resolution was approved by a unanimous vote at the Planning Committee Meeting on August 19, 2020.
Various members of the Planning Committee spoke about the needs to address systemic racism as part of our Transition efforts, because we cannot possibly have a equitable and healthy community until we do. The resolution calls on City leaders to begin a process of identifying and quantifying the harm done to communities of color so that injustices can be corrected and restitution made. The specific language of the resolution is below:
Whereas systemic racism is a real and pressing issue in our nation and community which negatively impacts our community;
And, whereas the wounds inflicted on our community due to centuries of systemic racism are deep and affect many aspects of life;
And, whereas systemic racism has disproportionately disadvantaged people of color economically, educationally, medically and in other ways;
And, whereas Longfellow Transition Group believes we cannot be a completely whole and equitable community without correcting these issues, including resolving disadvantages caused from the past, we believe a substantive and meaningful Truth and Reconciliation process should begin in the United States immediately.
And, whereas action on this topic has been lacking nationally, despite efforts in the US Congress to initiate conversation around this issue, the Longfellow Transition Group hereby requests our City leadership to begin actively engaging in a process to meaningfully assess and quantify the impacts of these issues on people of color in our community, with particular focus on behavior, policies and practices of the City of Minneapolis Government and methods for making restitution to communities of color for those impacts.