Striving for Racial Equity

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The City of Golden strives to be a diverse, inclusive community and a place for all people to feel valued, safe, and welcome. We acknowledge that the work is ongoing to become an anti-racist city and community. The iconic arch over Downtown Golden is a message we want all to know: YOU are welcome here. The strength and endurance behind the message come from the Golden 2030 Heart and Soul values of a city government that is responsive, approachable, good at listening, welcomes participation and involvement, is fair to all parts of the city, and is accountable. In the spirit of these values, the Golden City Council passed a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis on June 11, 2020.

The current pandemic has made clear the health disparities that have existed in America for more than 400 years. It is shining a stark light upon the long-running racial divide; COVID-19 is killing Black people at higher rates than the rate of White people, and Black people are disproportionately suffering in part due to long-standing, unaddressed health disparities as well as systematic racism and other socioeconomic inequities.

The dark and racist history of our city and our entire country has led to many current-day disparities in education, health and safety, job attainment, income and wealth; housing and healthcare; disproportionate incarceration rates for people of color; and other systems of injustice. City Council further recognizes the existence of White privilege, meaning the systemic advantages that White people have relative to people of color and the role it plays in our policies. The deadly police brutality against George Floyd in Minneapolis is one of the most recent examples of this culture of hate and racism that must change. But we can’t wait for change, we must be the change.

From Golden Mayor Laura Weinberg:

“I want to express my deep sadness and anger about racist incidents and Black lives cut short. People across the country, and here in Denver, are using peaceful protests and rallies to say enough is enough. Enough to ongoing racial prejudice, enough to unequal justice, enough to the killings. Marching, kneeling, or gathering together is a way to express the sadness, the impotence, the frustrations that nothing seems to change or get better. Americans have long used the power of protest in this country to affect changes, but more is needed then just showing up in the streets.”

The City of Golden is dedicated to listening, learning, and acting to advance racial equity. In light of current events and a loss of trust in law enforcement, we are sharing all of our police procedures and policies so that we can start a dialogue with the community about how we police, and what procedures can use improvement. Golden City Council will meet in a study session with the heads of the Golden Police Department on Thursday, July 16 to get this discussion started. We will then find ways to engage our community in a conversation.

On this page are the resolutions and proclamations the City has passed, messages from Golden Police Chief Bill Kilpatrick and Golden Mayor Laura Weinberg, as well as information about our policing practices. We encourage you to leave your thoughts and questions on this page and follow along as we add more, do more, and be more as an anti-racist and inclusive community.

Additionally, City Council highly encourages you to use your vote. With elections coming up, this is the time to stand for equality by voting for laws and lawmakers who will bring positive changes to our world. “It is not enough to vote in big races at the top of the ballot,” stated Mayor Weinberg. “If you want equity in the criminal justice system and improvements at a local level, you must vote for your county sheriff, local district attorney, and county and state representatives. We have a primary this month and an election in November. The people that we put in office at all levels of government will either support the changes that are needed or will be the barriers to that progress. Don’t march on the streets now and sit on the sidelines in November. VOTE!”

The City of Golden strives to be a diverse, inclusive community and a place for all people to feel valued, safe, and welcome. We acknowledge that the work is ongoing to become an anti-racist city and community. The iconic arch over Downtown Golden is a message we want all to know: YOU are welcome here. The strength and endurance behind the message come from the Golden 2030 Heart and Soul values of a city government that is responsive, approachable, good at listening, welcomes participation and involvement, is fair to all parts of the city, and is accountable. In the spirit of these values, the Golden City Council passed a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis on June 11, 2020.

The current pandemic has made clear the health disparities that have existed in America for more than 400 years. It is shining a stark light upon the long-running racial divide; COVID-19 is killing Black people at higher rates than the rate of White people, and Black people are disproportionately suffering in part due to long-standing, unaddressed health disparities as well as systematic racism and other socioeconomic inequities.

The dark and racist history of our city and our entire country has led to many current-day disparities in education, health and safety, job attainment, income and wealth; housing and healthcare; disproportionate incarceration rates for people of color; and other systems of injustice. City Council further recognizes the existence of White privilege, meaning the systemic advantages that White people have relative to people of color and the role it plays in our policies. The deadly police brutality against George Floyd in Minneapolis is one of the most recent examples of this culture of hate and racism that must change. But we can’t wait for change, we must be the change.

From Golden Mayor Laura Weinberg:

“I want to express my deep sadness and anger about racist incidents and Black lives cut short. People across the country, and here in Denver, are using peaceful protests and rallies to say enough is enough. Enough to ongoing racial prejudice, enough to unequal justice, enough to the killings. Marching, kneeling, or gathering together is a way to express the sadness, the impotence, the frustrations that nothing seems to change or get better. Americans have long used the power of protest in this country to affect changes, but more is needed then just showing up in the streets.”

The City of Golden is dedicated to listening, learning, and acting to advance racial equity. In light of current events and a loss of trust in law enforcement, we are sharing all of our police procedures and policies so that we can start a dialogue with the community about how we police, and what procedures can use improvement. Golden City Council will meet in a study session with the heads of the Golden Police Department on Thursday, July 16 to get this discussion started. We will then find ways to engage our community in a conversation.

On this page are the resolutions and proclamations the City has passed, messages from Golden Police Chief Bill Kilpatrick and Golden Mayor Laura Weinberg, as well as information about our policing practices. We encourage you to leave your thoughts and questions on this page and follow along as we add more, do more, and be more as an anti-racist and inclusive community.

Additionally, City Council highly encourages you to use your vote. With elections coming up, this is the time to stand for equality by voting for laws and lawmakers who will bring positive changes to our world. “It is not enough to vote in big races at the top of the ballot,” stated Mayor Weinberg. “If you want equity in the criminal justice system and improvements at a local level, you must vote for your county sheriff, local district attorney, and county and state representatives. We have a primary this month and an election in November. The people that we put in office at all levels of government will either support the changes that are needed or will be the barriers to that progress. Don’t march on the streets now and sit on the sidelines in November. VOTE!”

What makes Golden inclusive and how can we make it feel welcoming for everyone?

We want to hear your thoughts. Our goal is to have a community with its arms wide open to everyone regardless of race, gender identity, ability level or sexual preference. Let us know how we can make everyone feel welcome and at home in Golden.

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The real path to racial equity begins with having housing that is affordable for all income levels and jobs that provide living wages.

slimshad 4 days ago

Will the Golden City Council study session with GPD be open to the public in any capacity (ie live-streamed or minutes)? Thanks

Blaise 9 days ago