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One Fort Worth is the City of Fort Worth Race & Culture Task Force

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. 

  

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.  

Race and Culture Task Force Recommendations

Find out more about the work of the task force and how the draft recommendations came about. 

Draft Recommendations

Task Force on Race and Culture Draft Recommendations September 24, 2018 (pdf)

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Race and Culture Comment Card Sept 2018 (pdf)

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Task Force Interim Report

On May 1, the Co-Chairs for the Race & Culture Task Force presented their interim report to the Fort Worth City Council.  The complete report is available for download.  

Thank You

In Fall 2017, we held a series of Community Conversations.

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  

More about the Task Force

Mission

The Task Force’s mission is to Listen, Learn, Build and Bridge in order to create an inclusive Fort Worth for all residents.      

Who We Are

 Co-Chairs   

Lillie Biggins

Rabbi Andrew Bloom

Rosa Navejar, Presiding

Bob Ray Sanders    


Members    

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 


Vision

   

Fort Worth will become a city that is inclusive, equitable, respectful, communal and compassionate.      

Race and Culture Task Force Meetings

 

November 12, 2018 

Oak Hall, Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 

3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard 

5 - 6:30 p.m. 

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