In its October 14th, 2020 City Commission meeting, the Huntington Woods City Commission approved an Anti-Racism Plan to guide the City forward in efforts to expand its commitment to build equity, promote anti-racism and to make Huntington Woods a warm and welcoming city.
In response to the tragic and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, the City issued a statement on June 2nd condemning acts of racial injustice and aggression, and renewed its commitment to build justice, fairness and peace for all. The Anti-Racism Plan is the next step by the City to enact that commitment by identifying action items that are measurable, specific and attainable.
"It is not enough to simply claim we are not racist," says Mayor Robert Paul. "We must work toward eradicating fear and turmoil, and ensure that Huntington Woods is a warm and welcoming city for all."
The Anti-Racism Plan advocates for reviewing and revising existing policies to make them more equitable, and creating new policies and programs to promote an anti-racist perspective and expand opportunities to end institutional oppression.
The Plan has three main goals: Learning & Recognition, Community Relations and Public Policy. It contains programs and initiatives to be carried out at City Hall, the Library, Parks and Recreation and Public Safety, addressing all three goals in detail in every programming area. A copy of the plan is available here.
A committee of dedicated residents working with City administration created the plan during the summer, with a desire to build anti-racist programming throughout the city and have its effects felt beyond city limits.