The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) will be having our annual membership meeting in Oakland from the evening of May 2nd through late afternoon on May 4th. We will have nearly 100 people from over thirty jurisdictions present, including representatives from cities, counties and regional government entities. We are a peer-to-peer membership network developing and expanding a field of practice within government to advance racial equity.
GARE recognizes the reality that government played a central role in the creation and maintenance of racial inequity, and did so explicitly for centuries and has done so for 50+ years implicitly via policies and practices that perpetuate inequities, even when they are race-neutral. We recognize that government will continue to perpetuate racial inequities unless there are intentional and strategic interventions.
GARE’s focus is on normalizing conversations about race, operationalizing new policies and practices, and organizing to achieve racial equity. We are seeing more and more jurisdictions that are making a commitment to achieving racial equity, focusing on the power and influence of their own institutions, and working in partnership across sectors and with the community to maximize impact. There is an increasingly strong field of practice. We are organizing in government with the belief that the transformation of government is essential for us to advance racial equity and is critical to our success as a nation.
GARE is a joint project of the Center for Social Inclusion and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley.
As a part of our meeting, we are interested in supporting and learning from local youth leaders via arts and culture in the Alameda County region.
If your group or organization:
- Has an audio or visual performance on topics related to racial equity / racial justice, e.g., performance, video, spoken word, one act play, dance or another medium,
- Is primarily youth between the ages of 13 and 24,
- Primarily serves or works directly with youth between the ages of 13 and 24
- Is based in the Alameda County region, and
- Is interested in sharing your work with local government racial equity leaders from across the country
- A short description of your performance proposal (no more than one page)
- A work sample, for instance a link to a video (does not have to be the work that will be presented), written words of lyrics, links to your website, or stories about your group or work
- The optimal length of performance, and
- Your availability the evening of May 2nd through late afternoon on May 4th. All performances will end by 9:00pm.
We will do our best to adjust our agenda to the availability of the selected group(s). An honorarium of up to $1,000 per performance piece will be provided.
Selection criteria will include:
- A focus on advancing racial equity / racial justice,
- Interest in the transformation of government into an inclusive and effective democracy, and
- A commitment to youth organizing, racial equity / racial justice, arts and culture.
The deadline for submissions is April 8th, 2017, and awardees will be announced by April 14th, 2017. Please email submissions to Maria Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please contact Maria.