Date: Jul 11th, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
Political Representation and Criminal Justice
While the Better Together plan has been withdrawn, the need for regional dialogue around the city/county issue remains. With a wide open field, the possibilities range from incremental (expanding collaboration efforts) to radical (unifying governance), and anything in between.
One thing we know is that any successful plan must encompass an open and direct community discussion on issues of racial equity. FOCUS St. Louis seeks to advance this conversation with an initial discussion on equity issues in the areas of political representation and in criminal justice.
The evening will begin with a briefing on the St. Louis City Equity Indicators Baseline Report by its author Cristina Garmendia, and the county version of that Equity Indicators Report, which is currently being assembled by Wray Clay, VP of Diversity & Inclusion at United Way. This will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A moderated through Twitter.
Wesley Bell, Prosecuting Attorney, St. Louis County
Andrea Benjamin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri-Columbia
Wray Clay, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, United Way of Greater St. Louis
Hazel Erby, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, St. Louis County
Cristina Garmendia, Author, City Equity Indicators Baseline Report, & Associate Director of Community Engagement and Applied Learning for the Race and Opportunity Lab, Brown School at Washington University
Captain Perri Johnson, Commander – Sixth District, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
This event is free to attend, but space is limited and advance registration is required.
If the City and County were to pursue joint governmental reform, what are the questions we need to be asking regarding equity in political representation and equity in criminal justice?
5:30 p.m. – Check-in/networking
6:00 p.m. – Setting the Stage with City and County Equity Indicators
6:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion
Presented in partnership with: Forward through Ferguson, Equity Indicators, Missouri Historical Society, and United Way of Greater St. Louis