A Marin County collaboration between residents, community-based organizations, towns, cities, and County of Marin leaders is taking shape to implement the 2022 Race Equity Action Plan (REAP).
Developed by a group of community residents and advocates, the plan identifies specific goals and actions to advance racial equity across the county. The plan highlights mental health, housing, and economic opportunity as key focus areas. Among other things, REAP calls for a county-wide minimum wage of $18 per hour.
A press release from the county characterized the plan as “exciting” and outlines the next steps to implement the priority actions.
The County of Marin Office of Equity is seeking applications from residents, community-based organizations and staff from local municipalities to serve on the Race Equity Action Plan Implementation Team.
Composed of 23 members, the implementation team will take the lead on accomplishing the goals and priority actions in the plan. Team members will be divided into three action groups that will identify mental health, housing, and economic opportunity initiatives happening in the county that are aligned with the plan’s key goals. Team members will conduct research, evaluate resources and costs for implementation, and keep the community informed of progress.
“Working in close partnership with community, and city and County leaders, we can build trust and spark change to address long standing racial inequities,” said Jamillah Jordan, the County’s Equity Director. “Our goal is to create pathways that allow everyone to thrive and reach their full potential, regardless of race, ethnicity, income, ZIP code, disability, gender, immigration status, sexual orientation, or age.”
Implementation team members are asked to make an eight-month commitment of about six hours per month. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday (April 29). Applications are available online and hard copy in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Stipends of $50 per meeting will be provided for members based on need.
The 2022 Race Equity Action Plan was approved by the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 8. The plan weaves together data and the lived experiences of local residents into a set of focused goals and actions to address racial disparities.
Recommendations from the plan include establishing a housing security loan program, a minimum wage ordinance setting the hourly earning at $18, a mental health access fund, and new professional development programs specifically for youth and young adults, among other actions. Creating detailed programs on the goals identified by the initial group will become the goal of the implementation team.
The County formed the Race Equity Planning Committee in 2020 with the goal of engaging community members in collaboratively developing recommendations to promote racial equity. About $1.7 million was reallocated from the Marin County Sheriff’s Department budget to fund the effort.
For more information about the County’s equity efforts, check the Office of Equity website.