NLC: Tools for Tackling Racial Equity at City Summit

City Summit Track: Racial Equity

Strong Leaders, Strong Communities

Race and equity are at the core of a broad set of issues facing cities and must be a critical component of discussions related to public health, economic development and public safety. Have those discussions at City Summit.

Learn more about what you can do during City Summit workshops on key issues like:

  • Housing Equity
  • Racial Disparities in Small Businesses
  • Advancing Equitable, Innovative and Improved Systems

Featured Sessions:

The Right to Vote: Race, Equity and Access in Our Elections

Wednesday, November 18, 4:00 PM EST

Meet the Speakers:

Mayor Tom Barrett
Milwaukee, WI

Arturo Vargas
NALEO Educational Fund
Chief Executive Officer

Dale Ho
American Civil Liberties Union

At this year’s City Summit, we will use pre-election and post-election outcomes as the framing for this important dialogue on measures that restrict voter access and its impact on marginalized, underserved and vulnerable communities. City Leaders on the panel will be given an opportunity to speak freely on what went right in advocating for marginalized and disenfranchised voters, what went wrong, why those gaps exist and what it will take to fix it from a municipal perspective.
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Stayin’ Alive: Addressing Racial Disparities in Access to Small Business Capital

Friday Nov 20, 11:00 AM ET

Meet the Speakers:

Casey Thomas
City of Dallas, TX
Council Member

Brianna Dimas
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Vice President of Programs and Communications

Erika Smith
Senior Associate, Economic Opportunity
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Learn about successful and scalable actions cities have taken to reduce disparities in access to small business capital. In the U.S., businesses owned by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) have always faced greater challenges accessing capital than their white counterparts. Small businesses owned by BIPOC have had an especially difficult time with funding during these tough economic times.
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Racial Equity General Session Speaker

Van Jones
Political Contributor, CNN
Social Entrepreneur and President and Co-Founder, Dream Corps

A CNN political contributor, Van Jones is the host of The Van Jones Show, in which he offers his unique take on the future political landscape, and The Redemption Project, which is focused on criminal justice reform. Jones’ honest and poignant social commentary has made him one of the most compelling and powerful public voices in America.