Racial Equity in Local Government in conjunction with the National League of Cities' Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Program: The National League of Cities' Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) department offers tools and resources designed to help local elected leaders build safe places where people from all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds thrive socially, economically, academically and physically. Working in conjunction with NYCOM and the other state municipal leagues in the northeast, REAL is presenting this complimentary two-part webinar series on racial equity in local government.
REAL 100: NORMALIZING RACIAL EQUITY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT | June 21, 2021 (3:30 - 5:00 p.m.) | REGISTER HERE
This webinar is part of REAL’s 100 series that focuses on normalizing a shared understanding on the history of institutional and structural racism in America. The content provides leaders with a shared language for racial equity; examines existing racial disparities in cities and villages and the implication for advancing racial equity; and introduces important concepts and tools for organizing and operationalizing racial equity.
REAL 200/300: ORGANIZING AND OPERATIONALIZING RACIAL EQUITY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT | June 28, 2021 (3:30 - 5:00 p.m.) | REGISTER HERE
This webinar focuses on providing an introduction on how to organize and operationalize for racial equity. It reviews the topical issues identified in the REAL 100 webinar. Attendees will learn racial equity tools and concepts that can be applied to determine an approach for advancing racial equity in their city or village – including learning the basic principles of how to develop a racial equity plan.
ADOPTING LOCAL LAWS AND CONDUCTING REFERENDA | June 24, 2021 (10:00 - 11:15 a.m.) | REGISTER HERE
A local law is the highest form of legislation a city or village may adopt, and you have extensive authority under the Municipal Home Rule Law to adopt local legislation relating to the government, protection, order, conduct, safety, health, and wellbeing of persons or property within your municipal boundaries. This session will provide an overview of how cities and villages establish policy by adopting local laws and the different types of local legislative acts that municipalities may enact. This presentation will provide the step-by-step process for adopting local laws and also highlight the referendum process, particularly in the context of potentially opting out of the retail sales of cannabis in your municipality.
SPEAKER: Rebecca Ruscito, NYCOM Counsel