GREI Presents: Prioritizing and Budgeting for Racial Equity

Friday, July 17 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM [PST]

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Friday, July 17 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM [PST]

On June 11, King County declared that “racism is a public health crisis.” As Seattle and King County Public Health releases data on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color and the most vulnerable, it is evident that our region must incorporate race-conscious solutions into our recovery efforts. After the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many other Black lives, thousands are demanding accountability and changes to age-old racist policies and practices in policing. 

What does a budget that invests in Black, Indigenous and Brown communities look like? Can we afford not to? In this session, electeds and decision-makers will examine the urgency of prioritizing community-driven racial equity outcomes in the processes and plans for rebuilding our communities. 

This 90-minute listening session is the first in a multi-part series.  Intended audience is government and quasi-government staff and elected officials.


You will receive a link to join the online meeting the day before and a reminder the day of the event.

Presented by Governing for Racial Equity and Inclusion (GREI).

Governing for Racial Equity and Inclusion (GREI)

GREI envisions that all King County communities are served by passionate, informed and supported government officials who are committed to pursuing and funding policies and practices that result in equitable outcomes and racial justice. Pillars to achieve the vision: • Resources to achieve the GREI vision • Listening to our communities; centering impacted voices • Supporting government officials in racial equity work • Collaborative advocacy

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Derrick Wheeler-Smith
Project Director
Zero Youth Detention

Derrick Wheeler-Smith leads the implementation of the Road Map to Zero Youth Detention, which outlines strategies to lead with racial justice and further the work underway to transform the juvenile legal system. Wheeler-Smith’s background in youth empowerment makes him poised to build bridges between juvenile legal reform and the upstream community development work that schools, community groups and County-led programs are spearheading to ensure all King County youth are happy, healthy, safe and thriving.

https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/zero-youth-detention.aspx

About Derrick

Project Director
Zero Youth Detention
Kelly O'Brien
Operations & Implementation Advisor
City of Seattle

Kelly O’Brien is the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) Operations & Implementation Advisor for the City of Seattle. His work focused on the cultural products and artifacts of communities of color, as well as the intersection of art, politics, and life in the US for immigrants and members of the Caribbean & African Diasporas. Turning academics to practice, Kelly's life and work has centered on promoting anti-racism, the arts, multicultural awareness, diversity & inclusivity, cultural competency, self-determination, and creating equal access to rights and services.

https://www.seattle.gov/rsji/about

About Kelly

Operations & Implementation Advisor
City of Seattle
Benita Horn, Moderator
Inclusion & Equity Consultant

Benita Rodriguez Horn, has been a Renton resident for over 25 years where she founded her consulting firm, Benita R. Horn and Associates. Her practice focuses on organizational development through the lens of social justice with clients primarily in the non-profit and government sectors. Ms. Horn has been a long-time advocate and activist for racial equity and social change. She has been the Inclusion & Equity Consultant to the City of Renton for the last five years.

About Benita

Inclusion & Equity Consultant
Matías Valenzuela, Moderator
Equity Director
Public Health - Seattle & King County

Matías Valenzuela, PhD, is the Equity Director for Public Health – Seattle & King County. For the COVID-19 response, he is the Director of Community Mitigation and Recovery. Previously for five years, he founded and directed the Office of Equity and Social Justice in King County, spearheading a countywide effort to address the root causes of inequities, especially racism, working with all county agencies and the community.

About Matías

Equity Director
Public Health - Seattle & King County