Montgomery County Council votes to create “equity” policy

EQUITY | Yesterday, the Montgomery County Council voted to create a new policy that requires the council to consider how its decisions will impact equity in the county. It will be joining Takoma Park and Fairfax County, which have already adopted similar policies. (WaPo, 4/24)

“There may be people who might question why is it we need to do something like this. Montgomery County is a very welcoming and inclusive community,” council member Craig Rice (D-Upcounty) said before the vote. “We don’t have to be sick to get better. There’s always more we can do to make sure we’re truly providing all opportunities for all folks in our community.”

The new policy would add an equity analysis to the council’s bills, much like the fiscal analysis there now, Montgomery council vice president Nancy Navarro said. “If we’re making decisions about land use, how is this going to address maybe a lack of affordable housing in particular areas of the county?” she said. “If we are voting to appropriate funds for an organization that is claiming to provide, let’s say, after-school programming in a majority-Latino school, do you have staff that is culturally proficient?”

Related: Julie Nelson, director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity and a speaker in WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series in 2016, was quoted in the article. Watch her discuss implicit bias here.

– Equity in the Center has released its publication, Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture. It features research on how organizations can move through the Race Equity Cycle by manipulating organizational levers. (Equity in the Center, 4/24)

IMMIGRATION | A federal judge in DC has ruled that the administration has ninety days to come up with a logical reason to end DACA or the judge will reinstate the program. (NBC News, 4/24)

PHILANTHROPY | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded its 2018 Community Investment Grants to twenty-six groups to improve the quality of life in the region. (InsideNOVA, 4/24)

NONPROFITS | Independent Sector has found that the value of a volunteer’s time is $24.69 per hour. You can check the amount for your state here. (Independent Sector, 4/24)

HOUSING | This nonprofit is renovating four Anacostia homes and hopes to sell them as workforce housing to first-time home-buyers. (East of the River, 4/24)

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