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.

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 met in study session with the heads of the Golden Police Department on Thursday, July 16 to get this discussion started. We also encourage our community to join us on GuidingGolden.com to help us find ways to make Golden a more inclusive community. We will also seek out trainings to make us more conscious of issues in our community and continue to find other ways to engage our community in a conversation.

In addition to engaging in the conversation, 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!”

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A Message 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.”

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The Golden City Council commits to listening & learning, acting, and changing to advance racial equity and improve the quality of life for all in Golden.

Listen & Learn

  • We created this page to engage and listen to the community about how Golden can be more welcoming and inclusive.
  • We are seeking out trainings that make us more conscious of issues in our community and how to avoid and stamp out systemic racism.

Action

City Council Takes Action Against Racism

At the City Council meeting on Aug. 27, councilors made a commitment to the Golden community to actively address racial inequities and find short and long-term strategies for being a welcoming and inclusive community.

Earlier this year, Council declared racism to be a public health crisis and committed to “listening, learning, and acting to advance racial equity and improve the quality of life and health for all.” On Guiding Golden there is a page dedicated to this important topic at www.guidinggolden.net/StrivingForRacialEquity. The resolutions passed on Aug. 27 furthered this commitment with some tangible steps forward.

Council authorized a public display of support in the form of a banner under the Welcome to Golden arch that will proclaim, “Golden Stands with Black Lives.” Council member and Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Subcommittee member Councilor Trout said “When I say Golden stands with Black lives, it means I recognize the human dignity of each Black person and I value their life. I want to welcome, include, ensure the safety and security, and make sure all Black lives have equal opportunities to thrive… As a city leader, I am telling everyone that I do not tolerate racism and bigotry. I will stand up for anyone facing discrimination. And most importantly, I am committing myself to do the hard work to make the change.”

City Council unanimously voted in favor of the hard work ahead. In July, City Council established the JEDI subcommittee and by resolution on Aug. 27, authorized and directed the subcommittee to research and explore options for developing an anti-racism plan. This includes finding ways to have community conversations about races, equity, and social justice. The Golden Police department will host a listening session and the subcommittee will schedule a facilitated town hall listening session prior to November.

Racism is not welcome in Golden. The work to ensure an equitable community will be ongoing, and our community will play an important role in this process. As listening opportunities and public meetings are scheduled, we will list them on this page.

Change

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Start by Educating Yourself

Wondering what you can do? How you can get involved? Here are some resources for you:

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.

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 met in study session with the heads of the Golden Police Department on Thursday, July 16 to get this discussion started. We also encourage our community to join us on GuidingGolden.com to help us find ways to make Golden a more inclusive community. We will also seek out trainings to make us more conscious of issues in our community and continue to find other ways to engage our community in a conversation.

In addition to engaging in the conversation, 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!”

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A Message 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.”

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The Golden City Council commits to listening & learning, acting, and changing to advance racial equity and improve the quality of life for all in Golden.

Listen & Learn

  • We created this page to engage and listen to the community about how Golden can be more welcoming and inclusive.
  • We are seeking out trainings that make us more conscious of issues in our community and how to avoid and stamp out systemic racism.

Action

City Council Takes Action Against Racism

At the City Council meeting on Aug. 27, councilors made a commitment to the Golden community to actively address racial inequities and find short and long-term strategies for being a welcoming and inclusive community.

Earlier this year, Council declared racism to be a public health crisis and committed to “listening, learning, and acting to advance racial equity and improve the quality of life and health for all.” On Guiding Golden there is a page dedicated to this important topic at www.guidinggolden.net/StrivingForRacialEquity. The resolutions passed on Aug. 27 furthered this commitment with some tangible steps forward.

Council authorized a public display of support in the form of a banner under the Welcome to Golden arch that will proclaim, “Golden Stands with Black Lives.” Council member and Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Subcommittee member Councilor Trout said “When I say Golden stands with Black lives, it means I recognize the human dignity of each Black person and I value their life. I want to welcome, include, ensure the safety and security, and make sure all Black lives have equal opportunities to thrive… As a city leader, I am telling everyone that I do not tolerate racism and bigotry. I will stand up for anyone facing discrimination. And most importantly, I am committing myself to do the hard work to make the change.”

City Council unanimously voted in favor of the hard work ahead. In July, City Council established the JEDI subcommittee and by resolution on Aug. 27, authorized and directed the subcommittee to research and explore options for developing an anti-racism plan. This includes finding ways to have community conversations about races, equity, and social justice. The Golden Police department will host a listening session and the subcommittee will schedule a facilitated town hall listening session prior to November.

Racism is not welcome in Golden. The work to ensure an equitable community will be ongoing, and our community will play an important role in this process. As listening opportunities and public meetings are scheduled, we will list them on this page.

Change

Please subscribe to this page by clicking the link bottom right to be contacted with updates to this page, including what changes are happening.

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Start by Educating Yourself

Wondering what you can do? How you can get involved? Here are some resources for you:

  • Demographics of Diversity in Golden

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    04 Aug 2020
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    For people reporting one race alone, 92.1 percent were White; 1.4 percent were Black or African American; 0.6 percent were American Indian and Alaska Native; 3.0 percent were Asian; 0.0 percent were Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 0.8 percent were some other race. An estimated 2.2 percent reported two or more races.

    An estimated 7.9 percent of the people in Golden were Hispanic. An estimated 85.2 percent of the people in Golden were White non-Hispanic. People of Hispanic origin may be of any race.

  • Golden's Foreign-born Population

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    04 Aug 2020
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    In 2014-2018, an estimated 91.7 percent of the people living in Golden were U.S. natives and 36.4 percent were Colorado natives.

    Approximately 8.3 percent of Golden residents in 2014-2018 were foreign-born. Of that number, 35.1 percent were naturalized U.S. citizens and an estimated 49.8 percent entered the country before the year 2010.

    Foreign-born residents of Golden come from different parts of the world. The bar graph to the right displays the percentage of foreign born from each world region of birth in 2014-2018 for Golden.

  • Languages Spoken in Golden

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    04 Aug 2020
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    Among people at least five years old living in Golden in 2014-2018, 10.7 percent spoke a language other than English at home. Spanish was spoken by 4.5 percent of people at least five years old; 2.8 percent reported that they did not speak English “very well.”