We are committed to supporting city leaders to secure the
resources necessary to create an environment where all residents
are protected and treated equitably by the institutions created
to serve them.
It’s helpful to remember that leadership isn’t always about
remaining stoic and displaying optimism. Allowing yourself to be
vulnerable is both human and acceptable, especially in
relentlessly difficult circumstances.
The National League of Cities created the Race, Equity, And
Leadership (REAL) initiative to strengthen local leaders’
knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities, heal
racial divisions, and build more equitable communities. REAL
offers tools and resources designed to help local elected leaders
create cities where people from all racial, ethnic, and cultural
As elected officials, we have the responsibility to work toward
the goals of equality and justice for all in the services we
provide to our diverse residents. It’s imperative that we commit
to addressing systemic racial bias wherever and whenever we
encounter it and provide greater access, transparency, and
oversight to build strong trust within our communities.
This plan is the result of advocacy and a collaborative process
with city staff, community-based organizations, and residents
that increased public engagement, public dialogue, and trust and
brought new leadership into planning processes.