Residents Invited to Participate in Unity Council Town Hall Meetings Nov. 19, Dec. 9, 2020
By Susan Schrock, Office of Communications
Posted on November 13, 2020, November 13, 2020

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Editor's Note: This article, originally published Nov. 13, 2020, was updated Nov. 24, 2020, to reflect a new meeting date.

Arlington residents are invited to learn more about the Unity Council’s work to create a racial equity plan and provide feedback on these efforts during two upcoming virtual town hall meetings set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020.

The Arlington City Council made its first appointments in July to the 28-member Unity Council, whose mission is to gather community input, research best practices and recommend strategies that the City of Arlington could implement to promote and encourage greater equity across our community. The Unity Council’s work to create a racial equity plan is part of the City’s commitment to equality, inclusion, and the elimination of institutional racism and other forms of discrimination in its policies and practices.

Members of the public who wish to speak during the Unity Council town hall meetings can send an email to unitycouncil@arlingtontx.gov to register at any time until 5:30 p.m. the day of either meeting.

Residents can also call 833-268-8354; Conference ID – 899-868-13# starting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 to register to speak. City staff will then call members of the public who register to speak at the appropriate time.

When registering by email, please include your name and address for the record, as well as a telephone number, and the listed agenda item that you would like to speak on.

Residents can also call 833-268-8354; Conference ID – 123-648-552# starting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9 to register to speak. City staff will then call members of the public who register to speak at the appropriate time.

The meetings can be viewed live on the City's website at www.arlingtontx.gov/city_hall/departments/broadcast or through your local cable provider municipal channel. They will also be recorded live and replayed on the government cable channel throughout the week. To watch these meetings, please tune in to:

• AT&T U-verse Channel 99
• Spectrum Channel 16, 15.1 (digital)
Internet Live-Streaming

Arlington’s strategies to advance racial equity include holding community conversations, listening to voices promoting racial equity already, making changes to systems and policies, and planning a path forward. The Unity Council is set to make a public presentation to City Council in February 2021 that identifies recommendations for short-term, mid-term and long-term goals based on months of analysis and public feedback.

Improving equity and equality in Arlington is also a top priority. Prior to the creation of the Unity Council, the City Council unanimously adopted Racial Equity and Equity Related to COVID-19 resolutions based on a framework provided by the National League of Cities’ Race, Equity and Leadership initiative.

Click here to view the Unity Council’s recorded meetings and presentations to City Council.


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