South Bay Leaders Sign "Equity Pledge"

Keith Menconi
June 04, 2020 - 4:00 am

More than a dozen South Bay civic leaders have signed a pledge for equity in a direct response to the recent protests over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

One by one, South Bay mayors, school board members, community leaders and lawmakers walked up to sign the pledge.

It’s a promise that all policy or budget decisions will hold to a set of equity values, such as ensuring inclusivity and social justice. It also sets out a list of goals from bridging the digital divide to developing an equity policy agenda.

A group of lawmakers and mayors sign a South Bay "equity pledge."
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San Jose City Council Member Sylvia Arenas, who helped organize this effort, believes it’s not enough to simply launch another program in the wake of the recent demonstrations.

"We want to really take a look at how the budget gets dispersed and how an equity lens gets built into every decision that we make," Arenas said.

She hopes the organizers behind this pledge are going to work to get more civic leaders to sign on. Once they do, she plans to hold them to their word.