Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2020
Antiracism as government policy? County supervisors will decide soon, by Jaclyn Cosgrove
To Chairperson Kathryn Barger and members of the Board of Supervisors,
We, the members of the Racial Justice in the Community committee of the La Verne Church of the Brethren, strongly support the public health antiracism declaration being proposed by supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas for the Board’s approval.
We urge your support of any measure that produces or sustains racial equality between racial groups and will address the inequities faced by Black residents in housing, healthcare, education, employment, and insures fair and equitable treatment in the criminal justice system in our county. Establishing an antiracism policy and holding county officials accountable if they fail to uphold this policy is vital in creating an environment where all people are treated with respect, dignity. and equality.
Equally vital and essential is funding to support this policy. To successfully dismantle systematic racism and bring about racial equality in our community, each county department must have a budgeting tool for implementation of antiracism policies. The County budget must reflect the county’s commitment to antiracist practice and policy for the sake of the public’s health.
Thank you for consideration and your progressive, compassionate, and courageous re-evaluation and response to Los Angeles County’s practices and policies regarding existing systematic racism.
Member of the La Verne Church of the Brethren, La Verne, California
We are suggesting you make contact with Chairperson of the LA County Board of Supervisors Kathryn Barger by email: www.Kathryn@bos.lacounty.gov
(First District and Fifth District Supervisor information follows. Send a letter or call them if desired)
Hilda L. Solis, First District Supervisor
(Serving Claremont and Pomona, among other LA County cities and unincorporated communities)
East San Gabriel Valley Office:
2245 N. Garry Ave.
Pomona, CA 91767
Kathryn Barger, Fifth District Supervisor
(Serving La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora, Covina, S. Pasadena, Alhambra, among other LA County cities and unincorporated communities)
615 E. Foothill Blvd, Suite A
San Dimas, CA 91773