Medina City Resolution - Racism is a Public Health Crisis

A Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

 

WHEREAS, racism has adversely affected the lives of African-Americans for over 400 years, under slavery and Jim Crow, discriminatory laws and policies, and in the face of mass incarceration and disenfranchisement, during which time they were denied opportunities in all areas of their lives; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is shining a bright and sorrowful light on the health disparities in the African-American community; and

WHEREAS, systemic racism exists on individual, institutional, and structural levels, all of which operate throughout time and across generations; and

WHEREAS, the negative consequences of pervasive systemic racism have caused disproportionately higher rates of chronic disease, infant and maternal mortality, homelessness, poor education, incarceration, police violence, and economic hardship for African-Americans; and

WHEREAS, racial bias exists throughout our country in the treatment of all people of color; and

 

WHEREAS, Medina City Council has supported diversity in our community and seeks to foster equity and improve the quality of life for each Medina resident; and

WHEREAS, the Medina City Police Department is dedicated to fairness and equity in policing and building trust with all residents; and

WHEREAS, the City has provided diversity and inclusion training for city employees, including the Police Department, and has shared that training with the City Schools, but understands that ongoing anti-bias and sensitivity training must occur; and

WHEREAS, Medina City Council recognizes that the privileges that many in our community experience keep them from fully understanding how racism affects all African-American people in their daily lives; and

WHEREAS, the City of Medina stands in solidarity with cities and counties and states across our country who agree that Racism is a Public Health Crisis that must be confronted by addressing the social, economic, and environmental inequities that have handicapped Black Americans for generations; and

WHEREAS, Medina City Council recognizes that it has a responsibility to lead the community to address racism, to listen to those who are affected, to actively engage in eradicating racism, and to ensure that every effort is made to eliminate any kind of preferential treatment for the majority that diminishes the lives of people of color in our community;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That we, the members of Medina City Council, do hereby declare that Racism is a Public Health Crisis, and that we support equitable policies and commit our full attention to improving the quality of life and health of our minority residents; and

THAT, the City of Medina will work with other agencies, organizations, and institutions in the community and the State of Ohio to promote racial equity and social justice in our city, to raise awareness of the challenges caused by racism, to seek remedies, and to report on those efforts to our residents; and

THAT, this resolution is hereby declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of public peace, health, safety and welfare.

 

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