NLC: Resources on Responding to Racial Tension in Your City

Responding to Racial Tension in Your City: A Municipal Action Guide

These are trying times. NLC has resources to help local leader help their communities. NLC interviewed several current and former municipal leaders who have been through similar moments of crisis with racial tension. Our Municipal Action Guide provides important contextual and tactical information to support a municipality’s efforts to respond effectively. Download our guide today.

Implicit Bias, Liability and Cities

Institutional bias continues to have large scale impacts on communities of color. These associations assign value and a hierarchy based upon society’s narratives, values, and norms. Learn more.

From Racial Equity and Repair, Strategies for Changing Policy Emerge

How do city, town, and village leaders grapple with the legacy of what governments have wrought on people of color in ways that are actionable, restorative, and authentic to the experiences of the people who live in their communities? Learn more.

How Baltimore is Advancing Racial Equity: Policy, Practice & Procedure

Advancing racial equity in governing requires that municipalities confront the very history that a community is built on — the policies, practices and procedures that direct services and laws that sustain a city, and the outcomes they create. Learn more.

Local Leaders Charting a Path for Equity

Many of you have been at the forefront of your community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic for the past few months. In the midst of this public health pandemic, many of our cities were reminded of the deep inequities that exist in our democracy. Learn more.


Cities’ budget woes worsen with increased social unrest
Axios – June 4, 2020

Vince Williams on Cities Impacted by Protests and COVID 19
C-SPAN – June 4, 2020

Mayors seek financial relief amid protests: ‘We absolutely cannot do it alone’
Smart Cities Dive – June 2, 2020


Advancing Racial Equity in Your City
Tackling issues related to racial inequity in your city can seem like a daunting task, but here are six steps to get you started on the road to improving outcomes for all of your residents. Download here.

VIDEO: REAL TALK—From Ferguson to Charlottesville and Beyond
Our residents are calling on local leaders to confront systemic bias and race-based attacks on innocent people in our neighborhoods, synagogues, mosques, churches, malls, and community events. An effective response will require us all to understand that the roots of violence and racism exposed through recent events are embedded in our history, culture, institutions, and systems. Register today.

Learn from REAL City Profiles
Across the country, city leaders and staff are making a concerted effort to address the racial inequities in their community. But for many city leaders, it can be hard to know where to begin the work, or who to model their programs after. Learn more.

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