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County supervisors set to launch Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice

Proposal calls for hiring two co-directors

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will hear recommendations about the structure and other details about the county's first Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice (ORESJ).

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Supervisors Federal Glover and John Gioia will lead a presentation and discussion summarizing the research and community planning process for the ORESJ's first fiscal year of 2022-23

According to a staff report for Tuesday's meeting, the committee working to develop the new county department is recommending hiring two co-directors of ORESJ.

One director would focus on coordinating and expanding the equity work of county departments, while the other director would focus on working more directly with the community.

An equity committee of the Board of Supervisors, expanded from a current hiring outreach oversight committee, would also increase its scope and work with the county administrator's for the two co-directors, with community input.

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The co-directors would lead the effort to form the ORESJ and hire the remaining staff.

The committee recommends hiring a language coordinator to develop a plan to ensure that residents and families have an equal chance to understand, apply for, receive, participate in, and benefit from services offered by county departments.

The committee recommends hiring a reconciliation coordinator to focus on strategies and actions to address historical harms and inequity, a data analyst, and a budget and policy analyst.

The ORESJ will be a separate county department reporting directly to the Board of Supervisors, with oversight from the equity committee.

The ORESJ will receive $600,000 in funding from the countywide Measure X sales tax increase in its first fiscal year and $1.2 million in fiscal year 2023-24.

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 25) in the board chambers of the county administration building, 1025 Escobar St., Martinez. The meeting can be joined at https://cccounty-us.zoom.us/j/87344719204 and viewed at www.contracosta.ca.gov

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County supervisors set to launch Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice

Proposal calls for hiring two co-directors

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Uploaded: Mon, Oct 24, 2022, 5:58 pm

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will hear recommendations about the structure and other details about the county's first Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice (ORESJ).

Supervisors Federal Glover and John Gioia will lead a presentation and discussion summarizing the research and community planning process for the ORESJ's first fiscal year of 2022-23

According to a staff report for Tuesday's meeting, the committee working to develop the new county department is recommending hiring two co-directors of ORESJ.

One director would focus on coordinating and expanding the equity work of county departments, while the other director would focus on working more directly with the community.

An equity committee of the Board of Supervisors, expanded from a current hiring outreach oversight committee, would also increase its scope and work with the county administrator's for the two co-directors, with community input.

The co-directors would lead the effort to form the ORESJ and hire the remaining staff.

The committee recommends hiring a language coordinator to develop a plan to ensure that residents and families have an equal chance to understand, apply for, receive, participate in, and benefit from services offered by county departments.

The committee recommends hiring a reconciliation coordinator to focus on strategies and actions to address historical harms and inequity, a data analyst, and a budget and policy analyst.

The ORESJ will be a separate county department reporting directly to the Board of Supervisors, with oversight from the equity committee.

The ORESJ will receive $600,000 in funding from the countywide Measure X sales tax increase in its first fiscal year and $1.2 million in fiscal year 2023-24.

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 25) in the board chambers of the county administration building, 1025 Escobar St., Martinez. The meeting can be joined at https://cccounty-us.zoom.us/j/87344719204 and viewed at www.contracosta.ca.gov

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MO
Registered user
Danville
on Oct 25, 2022 at 11:26 pm
MO, Danville
Registered user
on Oct 25, 2022 at 11:26 pm

Just what we need. Another government tax funded agency that will require us to believe that we are forever defined as either oppressors or oppressed. Marxism 2.0 is not what is required to bring unity and civility back to this nation. The actual purpose of Marxist Critical Race Theory is to bring chaos, division, and bitterness to this nation. Hard to believe we are actually paying for this and actually believe this will achieve the aforementioned Racial Equity and Social Justice. Equity is not equality. Equity is lowering standards to an equitable level of misery. Social justice sees people as permanently oppressed or oppressors. Most people really don’t want to live this way.


Malcolm Hex
Registered user
San Ramon
on Oct 26, 2022 at 1:56 am
Malcolm Hex, San Ramon
Registered user
on Oct 26, 2022 at 1:56 am

I agree, Mo. Woke is a joke; including the fools who follow this Marxist nonsense. What the woke followers don’t understand is that they themselves are being used by their woke peers. Take a look at BLM.

Ah yes, BLM. Yeah, that woke organization that were supposed to help people out. Instead, the heads of BLM raked in millions of dollars off the backs of the very stooges who supported them. What a clown show. And it continues with the likes of the current class of clowns known as the County BOS. However, the County BOS sounds more like the old Soviet Politburo:

“The committee recommends hiring a reconciliation coordinator to focus on strategies and actions to address historical harms and inequity…”

The committee? Marx couldn’t have said it better himself. I wonder how many of those people - all Democrats of course, truly believe in this crap? But then again, anyone who supports the current chump in chief, will mist certainly tow the party line regardless of the harm it does to this country.

Roll red tide.



Carlton Jeffries
Registered user
Danville
on Oct 26, 2022 at 6:50 am
Carlton Jeffries, Danville
Registered user
on Oct 26, 2022 at 6:50 am

The question is...just how effective will this proposed Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice be in terms of addressing and resolving the pervasive issues of prejudice and economic inequality in Contra Costa County?

The teaching and current focus on Critical Race Theory has alienated many individuals whose ancestors benefited from the practice of slavery and the Confederate flag has rightfully become a despised symbol of white oppression and supremacy.

A deeper review of American history has proven that the United States (like various Communist and Fascist countries of the past) also relied heavily on human exploitation and vast thefts of land for its eventual success.

It should also be noted that Marxism can be just as racist as Capitalism when it comes to the abuse and exploitation of human labor and the genocide of various ethnicities.

A comprehensive immersion and understanding of woke history and Critical Race Theory along with promoting a widespread acceptance of LGBTQ culture & lifestyles will be important if this program is to succeed.

The only ones who might oppose this program are the deniers who tend to disavoy reality.


Jim Colton
Registered user
Danville
on Oct 26, 2022 at 6:58 am
Jim Colton, Danville
Registered user
on Oct 26, 2022 at 6:58 am

It is refreshing to learn that Contra Costa County is striving to become more progressive towards acknowledging diversity and America's wrongdoings of the past.

This is a step in the right direction.


Sally Akers
Registered user
Walnut Creek
on Oct 26, 2022 at 8:45 am
Sally Akers, Walnut Creek
Registered user
on Oct 26, 2022 at 8:45 am

Kudos to the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors for considering this program.

There are many here among us who are in favor of promoting racial and economic equality/equity and to address the many wrongdoings towards people of color and the LGBTQ community.

Not all Contra Costa County residents endorse the song of the South and its racist past.


Kevin
Registered user
another community
on Oct 26, 2022 at 3:28 pm
Kevin, another community
Registered user
on Oct 26, 2022 at 3:28 pm

Mo, you are wrong. Governments and Schools don’t force their citizens and students to learn Critical race theory. There is a lot baseless hype and lies that conservative Republicans are spreading across the country including California with the intention of dividing us. On the other hand, racism exists and is rampant against Jews and against brown and black people. There is the reality of racism that needs to be fought against and there is also the lies that Democrats are making our white kids feel bad by telling them they are racists - also needs to be fought against.


Maskedman
Registered user
San Ramon
on Oct 27, 2022 at 9:45 am
Maskedman, San Ramon
Registered user
on Oct 27, 2022 at 9:45 am

Equality is equal opportunity for everyone. Equity is equal outcome for everyone. The failed former Soviet Union practiced equity and it did not work out too well for them.


D
Registered user
Danville
on Oct 27, 2022 at 1:54 pm
D, Danville
Registered user
on Oct 27, 2022 at 1:54 pm

@Maskedman is absolutely correct. Equal opportunity is what our country should strive for, not equity or equal results.

For example, according to the 2020 U.S. Census, 61.6 of the country is white, and 12.4% black. In 2021 in the NBA, 73.2% of the players were black, and only 16.8% were white. Is this because of "systematic racism" against whites when it comes to basketball, and should we thus mandate that more white players be reserved spots on teams to have equity? Of course not, because equal opportunity is what matters, not equal results.

Nobody denies the terrible history of racism in our country, and much needed changes in laws and practice over the years have largely evened the playing field in the U.S., where equal opportunity does largely exist. Is the system perfect? Of course not, but mandating equity over opportunity only causes more inequity and divisions between races and cultures.


Malcolm Hex
Registered user
San Ramon
on Oct 27, 2022 at 10:17 pm
Malcolm Hex, San Ramon
Registered user
on Oct 27, 2022 at 10:17 pm

@Carlton Jeffries

Here’s what you said:

“A comprehensive immersion and understanding of woke history and Critical Race Theory along with promoting a widespread acceptance of LGBTQ culture & lifestyles will be important if this program is to succeed.”

Now, here’s what Lenin said:

“Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.”

You and Lenin have a lot in common. By the way, Lenin also made the following statement: “What does it matter if three-quarters of the world perish, as long as the remaining one-quarter is Communist?”












Comparing capitalism to communism, are you? Tell me, what capitalist ever made the following comment, Mr. Jeffries:

Lenin's August 22, 1922 letter to the Politbureau: What does it matter if three-quarters of the world perish, as long as the remaining one-quarter is Communist?


Jerry Gleiss
Registered user
Danville
on Oct 29, 2022 at 10:32 am
Jerry Gleiss, Danville
Registered user
on Oct 29, 2022 at 10:32 am

Who cares what Lenin said? He's dead and only discussed nowadays in college level Political Science and Sociology courses.

Communism with the possible exception of North Korea, Cuba, and the People's Republic of China is also pretty much dead and buried.

Today China is more along the lines of a capitalist-socialist country as there is more money to be made in pursuing this route.

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Harrison Tamaki
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Danville
on Oct 29, 2022 at 11:28 am
Harrison Tamaki, Danville
Registered user
on Oct 29, 2022 at 11:28 am

"Today China is more along the lines of a capitalist-socialist country as there is more money to be made in pursuing this route."

And the same can be said of Viet Nam which manufactures Google phones and has a thriving tourism business.


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