Last updated February 26, 2021
Following several Council meetings with significant public comment, the City Council direct staff to create a community task force to address the potential for implicit bias and systemic racism within City programs, policies, and procedures. This webpage will serve as the continually updated source for information on the ARDPIE Task Force and the work being completed. Please continue to check back for new information.
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Task Force Application Period is Now Closed
The newly revised ARDPIE application is now closed. The revised application incorporated feedback provided by the community from the Inclusion & Equity Feedback webpage below.
Inclusion & Equity Feedback - Closed
The timeframe for the Martinez community to provide feedback on the ARDPIE Task Force has now closed. This opportunity was open from November 17, 2020 - January 13, 2021.
To view all feedback submitted, please click here.
Mission of the ARDPIE Task Force
The Task Force will be comprised of approximately 9 members, representing a diverse cross section of interests, race, ethnic, religious, and gender identification and orientation. They will:
- Assist with selecting a facilitator and recommending a facilitated work plan that can be accomplished within allocated resources;
- Evaluate City programs, policies, and procedures related to implicit bias, diversity and inclusion; and
- Conduct one or two community listening meetings related to race, LGBTQ, and other personal circumstances or characteristics that impact a sense of inclusion for all community members.
Previous Statements Supporting Inclusion and Disavowing Hate Speech
The City of Martinez is committed to diversity and inclusion and has several times re-affirmed this value through resolutions and public statements:
- On March 15, 2017, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 025-17, “Declaring the City of Martinez’s Commitment to being an Inclusive, Tolerant, and Supportive Community for Everyone.”
- On October 4, 2017, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 111-17, “United Against Hate,” which condemned “intolerance of any individual or group and hate speech of any kind” and reaffirmed the City’s “commitment to serving and protecting all of our residents, with a high value placed on diversity, equality, and inclusivity.”
- On June 30, 2020, in response to hate flyers found in the Downtown area and community dialogue, Mayor Rob Schroder issued a public statement disavowing racism.
- On July 1, 2020, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 074-20, “Creating an equitable and just future for all Martinez.
- Hate flyer found in the Downtown area on June 27, 2020.
- Public Art or Expressions on City Property Staff Report, July 15, 2020 Council agenda, Item 6
- Public Art or Expressions on City Property Staff Report, July 22, 2020 Council agenda, Item 1
- Establish of a Task Force on Equity & Inclusion Staff Report, July 22, 2020 Council agenda, Item 2
- Options for a Community Based Task Force on Equity and Inclusion, July 29, 2020 Council agenda, Item 12.
- Establishment of and Appointment to the ARDPIE Task Force, October 21, 2020 Council agenda, Item 4.
- Provide Direction to Staff on Process to Use for Task Force Appointments, November 4, 2020 Council agenda, Item 7.
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