The pandemic clearly exposed the legacy of structural racism and systemic inequity in state government programs and policies. Numerous research studies show that people of color were disproportionately harmed by the pandemic. The growing evidence of these glaring and widespread inequities sparked a national movement towards racial justice.
In 2021, NextGen and fellow equity advocates co-sponsored SB 17 (Pan), which contributed to the Newsom Administration’s decision to issue an Executive Order (EO) to establish a statewide Racial Equity Commission. The Commission is required to recommend strategies to advance racial equity across state agencies to address systemic racism in government programs and policies that have resulted in poorer health, economic, and social outcomes in communities of color. Specifically, the Commission is required to create a Racial Equity Framework, provide technical assistance to departments and local governments, engage in community outreach, and publish an annual report on racial disparities and corresponding recommendations.
“Meaningfully addressing inequities and racial disparities is a hard road that requires sustained leadership, community-based solutions, and purposeful action to drastically change the social and economic conditions for those who have been historically most harmed. California’s journey towards justice is long but has the potential to put the state on a path that is equitable and institutionalizes anti-racist solutions for everyone.”
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