Peoria Approves Resolution Of Racial Equality

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Advancing racial equality in Peoria.

Peoria City Councilman Chuck Grayeb and City Manager Patrick Urich presented a resolution of “racial equity in policy, practices and cultures across neighborhoods and institutions” Tuesday night.

City Council approved the resolution that mentions inclusion of ethnicities and organizations like the NAACP, Black Lives Matter, Peoria Proud, Tri-County Urban League, and the Interfaith Alliance.

The resolution also establishes a police community relations advisory committee, and discusses giving citizens an opportunity to discuss their concerns for the community with police.

The full resolution:

A RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THAT THE CITY OF PEORIA DESIRES TO ADVANCE
RACIAL EQUITY IN POLICY, PRACTICES, AND CULTURE, AND SUPPORTS THE
EFFORTS OF ITS CITIZENS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT ADVOCATE FOR
INCLUSION, COMPASSION AND UNDERSTANDING.
WHEREAS, the City of Peoria is a diverse community with many ethnicities and cultural
traditions; and
WHEREAS, Peoria’s historic journey is filled with inspiring stories of people overcoming
adversity; and
WHEREAS, the City has held two community conversation on race and economic
opportunity with the goal to advance racial equity in policy, practices and culture across
neighborhoods and institutions; and
WHEREAS, racial equity means closing the gaps so that a person’s race does not predict
his or her success, while improving outcomes for all; and
WHEREAS, the intent of these conversations is to establish a shared framework for
discussing racism and racial equity and to support action at the individual and institutional level;
and
WHEREAS, through continued dialogue and the development of practical approaches and
solutions, the City, regional institutions and individuals can build social cohesion across race and
ethnicities; and
WHEREAS, the conversations have led to working groups examining deliberate systems
and supports to achieve racial equity in the areas of asset development, economic development,
education, health, infrastructure, justice and workforce development; and
WHEREAS, the City of Peoria also recognizes that efforts to enhance the city’s
relationship with law enforcement are critical to the community; and
WHEREAS, the City of Peoria, and its Police Department, are committed to the
Department of Justice’s 21st Century Policing efforts and to the concepts of community policing
that build relationships between the community and the Police Department; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of Peoria have played an integral role in this process of inclusion,
compassion and understanding of other ethnicities, traditions and organizations including the
NAACP, Black Lives Matter, Tri-County Urban League, Peoria Proud, Prairie State Legal
Services, the Society of St. Vincent DePaul and the Inter-Faith Alliance of Central Illinois.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Peoria affirms its desire to advance
racial equity in policy, practices, and culture across neighborhoods and institutions; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Peoria supports sustained economic and
cultural empowerment programs, diversity education efforts and corporate commitments towards
hiring; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Council supports efforts to enhance the
relationship of its citizens with law enforcement with the establishment of the Advisory Committee
on Police Community Relations, in which residents have the opportunity to discuss community
concerns with the City’s Police department; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that without reservation this Mayor and City Council
support any movement that enhances resident’s trust in law enforcement as protectors and servants
of the community; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Peoria supports the efforts of its citizens
and organizations who advocate for inclusion, compassion and understanding of other ethnicities
including the NAACP, Black Lives Matter, Tri-County Urban League, Peoria Proud, Prairie State
Legal Services, the Society of St. Vincent DePaul and the Inter-Faith Alliance of Central Illinois.

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