The mission of the West Palm Beach Mayor’s Task Force for Racial and Ethnic Equality is to identify and help address issues of racial/ethnic equity through education about racial and ethnic inequities, research of best practices, and issuance of policy/funding recommendations to address racial/ethnic inequity in the City of West Palm Beach.
The Task Force is in line with Mayor James’ vision of working to create a “Community of Opportunity for All”, whereby any citizen can achieve their dreams in West Palm Beach.
The Task Force is undertaking the following projects in the following order of priority:
1. Identify Best Practices & Racial Disparities
The Task Force will be identifying best practices and making recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust. It will also identify racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare, economic development, criminal and civil justice systems, police practices, housing, and education, with a focus on:
- Identifying what racial and ethnic disparities exist;
- Investigating why the racial and ethnic disparities exist;
- Identifying what knowledge and research are needed to eliminate the disparities.
2. Make Recommendations to the Mayor
The Task Force will also make recommendations regarding ways to reduce these disparities and to promote effective crime reduction while building public trust.
3. Engage, Listen, Learn From and Educate the Community
Another purpose of the Task Force is to create a platform to build resources to help people talk, learn, and teach our City’s history of racial and ethnic injustices.
At this website, learn more about the Task Force, its responsibilities, and the process. Share your voice and vision regarding Task Force priorities and policy ideas at the monthly subcommittee and Task Force meetings!
We encourage you to explore the Focus Areas of the different Task Force subcommittees and learn about the policy ideas they are considering for recommendation to the Task Force:
- criminal justice;
- education and workforce development;
- finance, banking and business;
- health; and
- housing and real estate.
On these Focus Area pages, you can learn how West Palm Beach stands in terms of racial disparities. Each focus area also includes recommendations from experts on racial and ethnic equity, as well as plenty of links so you can learn more.
Learn Task Force members and read their bios. Find out who is on each of the subcommittees and on the consultant team. The site will be updated with minutes, reports and other materials created by the Task Force as it moves through the community engagement and fact-finding process. We will keep you informed about how you can participate with our Calendar of Events.
The website will soon be featuring a comprehensive section focused on the history of racial (in)equity in West Palm Beach, too.