If we want to change the culture of racism in LO, we need to attack it at all levels. That includes applying pressure to local government to make sure they prioritize funding, resources, and space for anti-racism work.
The LO City Council is accepting public comment for their 2020 goals until Jan. 10. You can help contribute to making sure anti-racism stays on their radar by submitting comments that highlight these needs. If you're looking for an example of what that might look like, here are the priorities RtR is submitting:
1) Make the DEI Taskforce a Standing Committee that will actively look at the diversity, equity, and inclusion policy and practices of the City Council and make annual acknowledgements and recommendations. 2) Provide funding, resources, and space for DEI trainings and multicultural education, as well as multicultural community building events. 3) Strengthen existing rules, and where needed, develop and implement new systems for disciplining public servants who engage in racial harassment and discrimination, including removal for persistent racial abuse. 4) Develop and share publicly the active plan for addressing the needs of the houseless and homeless people in our city. 5) Provide more affordable rental units.
You can submit your comments to the following link: https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/citycouncil/2020-city-council-goals-input