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Equity Forward - A Newsletter from the Office of Equity

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A newsletter archive from the Office of Equity.

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  • Published on October 29, 2021

    Thank you for your patience with our October newsletter. We ended the month with a hard rain, both literally and figuratively. As we tilt our faces up to receive the blessing of the rain, we also honor the courage of Black leaders who have shared their difficult personal and professional experiences with racism. We hold space for Black leaders, staff, and community members who are grieving and angry, frustrated and exhausted, validated and ready for change.

  • Published on September 30, 2021

    In September, as we celebrate the powerful contributions of the people of the Latin American diaspora, we work to understand the history and the meaning behind the changing ways in which these communities define themselves. From Hispanic to Latino to Latinx to Latine to Chicano to Boricua, inter alia, from diverse thinkers like Kurly Tlapoyawa to Richard Rodriguez, people of the Latin American diaspora have been challenging the boxes that institutions use to define them/us while governments continue to make decisions about terminology that are rooted in the socio-political and economic circumstances of that moment in time. For decades, if not centuries, the conversation has continued.

  • Published on August 31, 2021

    On August 18, 2020, the Board of Supervisors voted to create the Office of Equity. In their Resolution, the Board recognized that meaningful change and progress only comes with deliberate efforts, and, that with humility, curiosity, and creativity, we can achieve better insights and solutions to achieving a more equitable Sonoma County. As we close our first year and begin the next, we want to share our gratitude, our sense of accomplishment, and our excitement for what lies before us. 

  • Published on July 30, 2021

    We have been busy over the last few weeks launching our Core Team, responding to challenges in engaging our communities to embed cultural responsiveness into the County’s Emergency Operations Plan, collaborating with other County departments to design a process to equitably distribute American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to the communities more disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and thinking about the future of our office. 

  • Published on June 30, 2021

    As we end June celebrating LGBTQ+ pride and the recognition of Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday, we also honor the power of intersectionality. While the concept itself refers to the compounding inequities that a person may experience because of identity markers working together -- like race and gender -- intersectionality allows us to understand and celebrate the complexity of our identities, the histories behind them, and to create better solutions for the ways in which we can experience discrimination or marginalization on multiple bases. 

  • Published on May 28, 2021

    As May comes to a close, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. We celebrate, as we recognize the powerful contributions of AAPI community members and leaders. We mourn and protest, as we recognize the history of violence, misogyny, and racism that our country’s leaders and our citizens have waged against AAPI community members for centuries. And we work to restore, heal, and to create a just future together.

  • Published on April 30, 2021

    What started with over 70 County employees’ desire to join us in our equity work back in January has now been formalized into our Office of Equity Core Team. We are grateful to staff and leadership for the willingness and commitment to this challenging, meaningful, and important work, and give particular thanks to managers, supervisors, and department heads for working with us to support this new area of professional development with the tools and resources provided by our Office to the benefit of each department and agency, and to the County as a whole.

  • Published on March 31, 2021

    As we celebrate and welcome the spring season’s sun and warmth, we also acknowledge the sadness and grief that we feel in the face of recent racist and violent events.

    We stand with our local AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islander) community and hold the pain, fear, and anger that results from these attacks. We stand with those who have lost a loved one to gun violence and hold the grief and despair that results in the aftermath of several mass shootings in just a few days. We stand with our Black community in the painful recounting of George Floyd’s death as his alleged murderer is put on trial. We stand in unity with our BIPOC community and hold the complex combination of anger and sadness with strength and determination to build a better future for our loved ones. 

  • Published on February 27, 2021

    During Black History Month, we ground ourselves in the recognition that the Office of Equity would not be here without the work of Black community leaders and members, and their resounding demands for respect and change.

  • Published on January 29, 2021

    What a windwhirl of emotions this month has been! As we begin our journey into 2021, we share with you Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb,” which she read at President Biden’s inauguration. This poem beautifully captures much of what we have seen and felt over the last few weeks. We are grateful for the hope and light we see, the ability to breathe a little easier now, and we can see how critical our work will continue to be.

  • Published on December 18, 2020

    As we approach the end of an emotionally and physically exhausting year, we want to recognize and celebrate our strength and resilience. 2020 has been fraught with many challenges that have tested us all. Between two record-setting wildfires, a painful and stressful campaign season, and a devastating pandemic, we look back on 2020 with grief and sadness, and we stand to face 2021 with strength and hope.

  • Published on November 5, 2020

    During this time of turmoil and division, we ask our community to consider and center the needs and experiences of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), immigrants, LGBTQ+ folx, and many other groups of people who have experienced harm at the hands of our government throughout the history of this country.

  • Published on October 9, 2020

    On September 22, 2020 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appointed Alegría De La Cruz as the first permanent Director of the Office of Equity.

  • Published on September 4, 2020

    On August 20, 2020, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors officially established the Office of Equity with an immediate focus on addressing the racialized spike in COVID-19 cases and the higher risks and burdens shouldered by the Latinx and indigenous language-speaking communities. The long-term direction for the Office is to develop strategies and tools to achieve racial equity for all Sonoma County residents.

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Learn about our shared work to equitably distribute and track the impacts of ARPA funding in the communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.