Across the country, a growing number of local policymakers are realizing that a rising tide does not in fact lift all boats and that economic policy focused on the middle class and the wealthy will not suffice to build a fair and inclusive economy. Only targeted investments that reflect an understanding of historical—and persistent—barriers will reach people who are continually marginalized. To that end, more than 80 jurisdictions are part of the Government Alliance on Racial Equity (GARE), a network that is working to change the policies, programs, and practices that sustain and deepen racial inequities in education, health, employment, criminal justice, and more. The idea is that by taking on systems that oppress people of color, outcomes will improve for all people. Cities like Philadelphia, Minneapolis, New York, Dallas, Oakland, and Austin are testing new approaches to train government workers on racial equity, involve the community in design and implementation of this work, and use tools to assess the racial effects of proposed policies.
One of the newer members of GARE is the Council of the District of Columbia. The city joined in 2018 through an effort led by Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, who this year introduced a bill that would require the city to include racial equity in its performance evaluat
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