Salem Race Equity Task Force To Give Progress Report

Written By: Scott Souza – Patch Staff

The task force was formed to examine city policies and services through the lens of race equity and justice.

SALEM, MA —The Salem Race Equity Task Force, formed nine months ago to conduct a thorough review of city policies and services through the lens of racial equality and justice, will hold a virtual public forum on Monday.

The Task Force, which consists of more than two dozen residents and community leaders and chaired by Shawn Newton, will offer an update and answer questions about its progress.

“Although we have not scratched the surface, I am very happy with the hard work and commitment of the Task Force and I look forward to sharing what we have been up to thus far,” Newton said. “We have a long road ahead and with your help, we can all contribute to the good community we call Salem.”

A link to the forum can be found here.

The Task Force, which is also charged with examining community systems, is organized into culture, economics, education, health and public safety subcommittees. East subcommittee will submit a report at the public forum with Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and Newton answering questions following the reports.

“The work of the Race Equity Task Force is so important to our community as a whole,” Driscoll. said. “As the group continues its one-year objective to complete a comprehensive Race Equity Action Plan for our city, this forum provides an opportunity for a public check-in on the progress achieved thus far and the work that still remains.

“I hope all residents will join us for this one-hour presentation and will continue to be engaged in the important efforts underway by the Task Force.”