Click here to check out APA California's Racial Justice & Social Equity page, which includes resources for planners and APA statements, including a statement from Miroo Desai, APA California's VP for Diversity and Equity.
The American Planning Association is heartbroken over the brutal, senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the immense pain inflicted on the black community, which continues to suffer from the insidious and blatant effects of structural racism nationwide.
We are also profoundly saddened by the additional burdens being visited on our cities, which are still reeling from the devastating effect of a global pandemic, and concerned for the tens of thousands of planners across the nation who strive daily - despite setbacks and frustrations - to raise the voice of the voiceless.
The impact of Mr. Floyd's death and other recent grave injustices like it must be viewed in light of the historical trauma inflicted on African American communities, including discrimination wrought by the planning profession itself, which led to structural disadvantages in housing, transportation, education and employment that last to this day.
APA recognizes this reality and is working to center equity in all planning processes in keeping with our mission of creating great communities for all.
Click here to read the full statement from National APA. SVS APA also asks that you please take a moment to read the CA APA President's Message on Racial Inequity, and A Message of Solidarity from the Women & Planning Division of the America Planning Association.
The recent murders of Black people such as George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others should serve as a clear reminder that there are social and institutional forces of oppression and racism Black people face every day. It should also serve as a reminder that this has been happening for the last four hundred years and those who are not Black must stand and actively work for racial justice and equity. While the news cycle may be moving on, it is important that we as planners do not return to normal.
The SVS Board is working to identify how we can take action for racial justice and equity in every aspect of our Section, but we cannot do it alone. We need the collective SVS membership to participate in this effort to address the systemic racism that is latent within our communities and within our industry as planners. Please contact me if have any comments, feedback, and if you are interested in engaging with your fellow Sacramento Valley Section planners in dismantling racial inequities in planning and working towards racial justice, healing, and equity.
Sacramento Valley Section Director, APACA
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