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Race and Culture Task Force presents recommendations to Council

Posted Dec. 5, 2018

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Race and Culture Task Force members discuss health disparity issues at one of the many community meetings held over the last year.

The Task Force on Race and Culture concluded 18 months of work when it presented the City Council with a slate of more than 20 recommendations this week.

View the recommendations.

In 2017, the City Council appointed a 23-member task force to examine issues related to race and culture in Fort Worth. The task force asked for community input through a series of meetings and online engagement tools. As a result, thousands of residents participated in dozens of town hall-style meetings and smaller gatherings called Community Conversations.

Seven subcommittees studied racial equity and bias in several areas: criminal justice, economic development, education, health, housing, municipal governance and transportation. Each of the subcommittees included members of the larger Race and Culture Task Force, as well as subject matter experts and support staff from the City of Fort Worth.

Presiding Co-Chair Rosa Navejar acknowledged the task force’s work over the last 18 months and said the recommendations represent a giant step forward for Fort Worth’s leadership and residents.

“We know that nothing is perfect; we’re never going to please everyone,” Navejar said. “But we have to start somewhere. This is where we start today.”

The City Council will vote on accepting the recommendations during its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at City Hall, 200 Texas St.

If all aspects of the recommendations were to be approved and implemented, there would be a $3 million impact on the fiscal year 2020 city budget. The costs would represent .5 percent of the city’s general fund budget and would add seven full-time and 20 part-time staff positions.

About the task force

The task force was asked to engage Fort Worth residents in a series of healthy conversations about race and culture, draw conclusions from these conversations and make recommendations to the City Council. The task force also reviewed findings of a study on disparities in how municipal services are provided. The task force was asked to advise city management on an appropriate leadership training dealing with race and cultural issues.

Co-chairs were Rosa Navejar (presiding co-chair), Lillie Biggins, Rabbi Andrew Bloom and Bob Ray Sanders.

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