The Community Relations and Racial Equity Committee was formed in spring 2019 with the following assignments from the NOBL board:
– Conducting a power analysis of the neighborhood (education, health, law enforcement, economics, environment, culture/religion); report back, guide work.
– Acquiring funds to engage Black Demographics or similar to provide a detailed demographic profile of our neighborhood; report back, guide work.
– Preliminary discussions of outreach, engagement and neighborhood decision making to provide recommendations for subsequent board conversations on those topics.
– Reaching out to additional entities such as Riverside Middle and Union High School, as well as businesses in the neighborhood to build relationships and raise funds.
– Preparing to make additional impacts at City Hall by proposing policy positions for the organization to the board and advocating on those that are approved.
The committee chair is Robin Benton, a NOBL board member who also runs the Undoing Racism Grand Rapids Facebook page. While the group originally met in person (with important meeting highlights available here), we are currently trying an online version; anyone can join the Racial Equity Committee group on Facebook.
NOBL’s public safety and neighborhood leadership development activities are a City of Grand Rapids Community Development-funded Program.