In August 2017, the Fort Worth City Council appointed a task force to look at the areas of race and culture and how they affect our community. The group will be meeting with community members over the next year and will make recommendations to the City Council on areas where they think change is needed. The Task Force will also look at statistics and trends to determine how race and culture impact the delivery of city services.
Find out more about the work of the task force and how the draft recommendations came about.
On December 4, the Co-Chairs for the Race & Culture Task Force presented their final recommendations to the City Council. The City Council voted to accept the recommendations at their December 11 meeting.
STATEMENT BY THE TASK FORCE ON RACE AND CULTURE
IN RESPONSE TO RECENT ANTI-IMMIGRANT ACTIVITY
At their October 15, 2018 meeting, the Task Force approved the following statement.
Fort Worth is striving to become a city that values diversity and inclusion. For the past year, the Task Force on Race and Culture has been working with residents to recommend strategies and actions that will reinforce these values by reducing racial and cultural disparities. The task force respects each person’s right to free speech, but considers recent anti-immigrant activity in our community -- including the placement of defamatory banners and fliers on public property – to be fundamentally incompatible with our core values and beliefs.
We encourage residents to report any activity that may target a segment of our community. If you see a hateful sign, banner, or flier, please call the Fort Worth Police Department at the non-emergency number, 817-392-4222, say that you want to report a hate incident, and request that an officer be sent to the scene. The officer will thus be able to document and remove the item if it is on city property and to initiate an appropriate report. We urge residents to allow the police to handle these situations and not to remove the sign, banner, or flier themselves. If you have already done so, however, please file an official police report anyway so the police will have a record of the incident. We are confident that the Fort Worth Police Department will respond swiftly and appropriately to these hate incidents.
When our community is faced with such hateful acts, it is essential that we pull together, declaring and reinforcing the fact that these groups do not represent our core values or our community. The stated vision of the task force is that Fort Worth will become a city that is inclusive, equitable, respectful, communal and compassionate. We must do everything we can to uphold our values and not allow any individual or group to target any segment of our community. We must unite at these times to make our vision a reality for our city.
Thank you to the organizations who hosted these conversations.
Arborlawn UMC * Black Chamber of Commerce * Black Contractors Association * Bridge Black Professionals * Catholic Charities * Downtown Fort Worth Inc. * Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth * Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce * Fort Worth ISD * Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods * Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce * Fort Worth Sister Cities International * Harvest UMC * Hispanic Chamber of Commerce * Hispanic Women's Network of Texas * Junior League of Fort Worth * La Trinidad UMC * Leadership Fort Worth * Leadership ISD * Local Organizing Committee * Multicultural Alliance * NAACP * National Hispanic Institute * Read2Win * Rotary Club of Fort Worth * Southeast Fort Worth Inc. * Tarrant County College * Tarrant NET * Texas Christian University * Texas Wesleyan University * The Great Commission Baptist Church * The Links * The Potters House * Trinity Habitat for Humanity * United Community Centers * United Fort Worth * Unity in the Community * Vision Fort Worth * Women's Policy Forum
The Task Force’s mission is to Listen, Learn, Build and Bridge in order to create an inclusive Fort Worth for all residents.
Rabbi Andrew Bloom
Rosa Navejar, Presiding
Bob Ray Sanders
Charles Boswell Walter Dansby
Robert Fernandez Miriam Frias
Saraj Gillaspie Robert Goldberg
Yolanda Harper Bishop Mark Kirkland
Nima Malek Gilbert Marez
Arturo Martinez Roxanne Martinez
Judy McDonald Cory Session
Katie Sherrod Ty Stimpson
Jennifer Trevino Monica Vasquez
Rev. Tim Woody
Fort Worth will become a city that is inclusive, equitable, respectful, communal and compassionate.
The Task Force does not have any more meetings scheduled. They presented their final report to the City Council on December 4, 2018. All regular meetings are online for viewing.
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