Mayor Jackson & Cleveland Community Relations Board Debut Race Equity Report

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and the City of Cleveland Community Relations Board (CRB) today announced findings from its Race Equity report. The report highlights a series of conversations with residents on their thoughts about race relations and equity in Cleveland.

The press conference was livestreamed on Facebook. Check it out below:

The report offers recommendations for all departments within the City, individuals, neighborhoods, non-profits and the private sector to help address systemic racial disparities. It is part of Mayor Jackson’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, a series of programs and legislation to improve quality of life for city residents.

“The success of this report, as with many projects in our city, depends on us working as one Cleveland,” said Mayor Jackson. “A great city will be measured by the well-being of its people and all of these pieces together will help opportunity and accessibility for all.”

Additional attendees at the press conference include Former Executive Director of Community Relations and current Councilman Blaine Griffin; Adriennie Hatten, Ph.D., Independent Non Profit Management Consultant, Adjunct Professor Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University; Peter Whitt, Community Relations Board, Enlightenment Consulting, LLC; Director of City Planning Freddy Collier; Interim Executive Director of Community Relations Grady Stevenson; Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams; Chief of Sustainability Matt Gray; Chief of Public Affairs Natoya Walker Minor; Chief of Youth Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity Duane Deskins and Consent Decree Implementation Coordinator, Gregory A. White.

Here are some key things to know about the report:

  • Community conversations for the report were held in neighborhoods throughout Cleveland including Detroit Shoreway, North Collinwood, Bellaire-Puritas, University Circle and Ohio City.
  • The report finds that changing people’s perceptions can change their realities and experiences. It also finds that race relations can only improve through the result of direct and specific action and intent.
  • The report provides recommendations, including creating management strategies at the City, corporate board and organizational leadership levels that focus on racial equity.
  • Mayor Jackson’s initiatives such as Community Benefits Agreement and the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative are examples of how the City is helping address disparity and equity through neighborhood and economic development strategies.

The report is a basis for ongoing community conversations, Mayor Jackson said.

For more information on the Community Relations Board visit http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/CityAgencies/CommunityRelationsBoard