“We are thrilled to be in Rochester as part of their participation in the Cities for Racial Equity and Racial Healing Technical Assistance Initiative, which is generously supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation,” said Leon Andrews, director of the National League of Cities Race, Equity and Leadership program at Tuesday’s news conference– kicking off a multi-year plan for strategic work both internally and externally in which Mayor Lovely Warren and others have partnered together.
Mayor Warren, City Council President Loretta Scott and Bob Duffy, president and CEO of The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, have signed the historic charter providing the framework for the City of Rochester to implement specific strategies to advance racial equity through smart policy decisions, strong civic engagement, and accurate and complete portrayals of people of color in the community.
“Through this charter, we commit to using education, community empowerment, and smart public policy to make progress in dismantling discrimination in our community,” said Mayor Warren. “By encouraging empathy and understanding within organizations and individuals, we hope to move everyone closer to racial healing.”
The Project Let’s Get REAL (Race, Equity, and Leadership) charter was signed as part of the city’s first ever National Day of Racial Healing. Local leaders and representatives from the National League of Cities attended the event, providing guidance and training to Rochester and other participating cities aiming to advance racial equity.
“Rochester Chamber fully embraces and supports Project Let’s Get REAL (Race, Equity and Leadership),” said Greater Rochester Chamber and Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy. “I believe the best way to achieve racial equity and harmony is through actions and not words. We must explore ways to bring people together rather than drive them farther apart. If all of us including government, community and business leaders look inside our own organizations to create system changes and a greater sense of opportunity for everyone, we can make great advances.”