The Racial Equity and Social Justice Taskforce (RE&SJT) was created in 2019 in response to the national climate of racial tension. The mission of the RE&SJT is to provide a space for dialogue, learning opportunities, and collective action around issues of race and social justice. The task force is made up of diverse community members who are committed to promoting equity and inclusion in Akron.
One of the goals of the RE&SJT is to create more inclusive policies and practices within the city government. To do this, the task force works with city officials to identify areas where disparities exist and make recommendations for change. The RE&SJT also engages in public education and awareness campaigns to promote understanding and support for equity and inclusion initiatives.
In addition to its work with the city, the RE&SJT also partners with local organizations to promote racial equity and social justice in Akron. These partnerships allow the task force to expand its reach and impact within the community. Some of the organizations that the RE&SJT has partnered with include the NAACP, Urban League of Greater Akron, and Kent State University’s Pan-African Studies Community Education Program.
The RE&SJT is committed to creating a more just and equitable Akron for all residents. Through its work, the task force strives to build a community that celebrates diversity and provides opportunities for all.
Local people have also been organizing around the issue of racial equity and social justice. One example is the Akron Ohio Minority Council, which was formed in 2017 in response to the police shooting of a young black man named Tyre King. The council works to promote understanding and communication between law enforcement and the minority community. They also advocated for changes to the city’s use of force policy.
Other groups, like Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Akron, are also working to make the change at the local level. SURJ is a national network of people who are committed to taking action against racism in their communities. The Akron chapter works to educate and mobilize people to take action on issues of racial justice.
The city council is also making a task force on a school shooting. The goal of this task force is to make sure that our schools are safe and secure. There has been a lot of violence in our country recently and it is time to do something about it. We need to keep our children safe when they are at school. This task force will help us do that.
To look at the root of this problem, one has to change the perspective and see this through the lens of social justice. This means that all people are treated equitably and fairly, with no exceptions. It is the belief that everyone deserves to be safe, to have their basic needs met, and to be respected. It is the idea that we should all be able to live our lives without fear of violence or oppression.
Racial equity and social justice are about more than just race; they are about creating a society where everyone can thrive. To achieve this, we need to work together to dismantle systems of oppression and build ones that support everyone. We need to create policies and practices that promote inclusion, respect, and opportunity for all. And we need to educate ourselves and others about the issue of racial injustice so that we can be part of the solution.
Even the most advanced cities have disparities in a race. For Akron, it is evident that not all citizens are on the same level. The socioeconomic ladder does not provide the same opportunities for everyone, no matter what race they are. There is a need to close this gap so that everyone can have an equal chance to succeed.
The first step is acknowledging that there is a problem. It is only through acknowledgment can we start to address the issue. We need to have courageous conversations about race and social justice so that we can move forward together. This will require making some changes in how we live and work, but it is necessary if we want to create a more just and equitable society.