Hillsborough ponders racism as health care crisis

By CT Bowen, Tampa Bay Times

TAMPA — After Tampa City Council’s recent apology for the city’s racist history, Hillsborough County commissioners are poised to consider their own initiative declaring racism a public health crisis.

“Hillsborough County’s collective prosperity depends upon the equitable access to opportunity for every resident regardless of the color of their skin,” the resolution reads.

Burton defends amendment to shift funds to housing; others say it ‘defunds’ police

By John T. Martin, Evansville Courier & Press

EVANSVILLE, Ind. —The Evansville City Council sparred Monday over how to best meet public safety and affordable housing needs for 2021, at a time when revenues are challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

An amendment to Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s budget proposal for next year authored by Council President Alex Burton was a lightning rod and led to allegations that Burton sought to “defund” police.

Skepticism and hope for equity impacts of Charleston 10-year plan

By Health Ellison, Charleston City Paper

The city of Charleston’s update to its 10-year comprehensive plan at a time of social upheaval seems serendipitous. With conversations about race and reconciliation hurled into the spotlight over recent months. With “strength in diversity” as a core value of the new plan, activists and Black leaders remain cautious of the city’s claims of attempted racial equity.

“This plan really is an amazing opportunity, I just don’t have any faith in this current city council, this current mayor,” said Charleston Activist Network director Tamika Gadsden. “This plan is the right thing, it’s the enforcement of the plan that I’m leery of.”

Church leaders want Richmond to adopt new strategy to curb gun violence

By Shelby Brown, WTVR Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — An organization made up of members of nearly two dozen Richmond congregations wants to help Mayor Levar Stoney and other city leaders tackle two key issues they believe are plaguing the city: the lack of affordable housing and violence.

Members of the group Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Communities (RISC) will hold a virtual Action Assembly with the mayor and a few council members Monday.

North Charleston moves closer to a racial bias audit of police department. What’s next.

By Gregory Yee, The Post and Courier

North Charleston officials moved closer to a long-awaited racial bias audit of their police department following a presentation on Thursday night by the firm CNA, which conducted Charleston’s audit last year.

The city’s Police Evaluation Research Committee heard from a panel of experts at CNA, who appeared via a Zoom video conference. During the hourlong meeting, CNA staff and consultants laid out their scope for an audit should the city hire the firm and answered questions from City Council members.