BCC approves resolution supporting BLM

BCC approves resolution supporting BLM
Posted on 06/09/2020

The Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution titled “In the Matter of Approving a Resolution In support of the Black Lives Matter movement and Lane County’s commitment to putting in the work to achieve racial equity.”

 

The resolution was drafted, at the request of the Board of Commissioners during its June 2 meeting, by Lane County’s community-based Equity and Access Advisory Board. Commissioners directed that the resolution address three points:

  • Recognize this moment in time as one where we have a choice to make as an agency and as a community;
  • List actionable items for Lane County, including the recruitment and hiring of a diverse work force (especially in law enforcement); and
  • The resolution should not focus on property damage.

 

The approved resolution reads, in part, as follows:

 

“Whereas, we stand in solidarity with the Black community, and strive to hold our county departments and ourselves to the only standard that will begin to protect us - one of equity and justice that centers all people, not just those with the most privilege;

 

and whereas, now is a time of action, and we cannot be inactive in addressing this issue.”

 

The resolution also calls for Lane County to work with community members and staff to acknowledge and address the root causes of inequities in services, and to work to create antiracist policies that can eliminate racial inequities.

 

The full text of the resolution is available online.

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