The County of Marin's invitation and appeal to residents of color to volunteer to be a part of its Equity Planning Committee. The original requests made by residents of color were:
Residents of Color Requests
A formation of an ACCOUNTABILITY board
Active membership of 1-2 Board of Supervisors to serve on the board
No participation of county-funded non profit agencies to eliminate conflict of interests
Two-year term to maintain consistency
Marin County Response:
A formation of a PLANNING committee
NO Board of Supervisor direct involvement on the planning serve on the board
Include two (2) nonprofit organizations to be a part of the planning committee
WHAT YOU ARE REALLY SIGNING UP FOR:
1. To be used as a token person of color with no meaningful and actual power to "help" the County actually implement its 6-year old Race Equity Plan Initiative that have not been adequately fulfilled.
2. To be used as a political tool and public relations marketing campaign poster child for a small few and predominantly white decisions makers who will make actual decisions behind closed doors without accountability and transparency..
3. To create the illusion and delusion that your participation and voice actually matters when it does not because you do not have decision-making powers.
4. Will be a complete waste of your valuable time, talents and skills in a planning committee that will typically and most likely lead to another several years of planning processes, more surveys, more trainings, more powerpoint presentations and education, which will end in more false hopes and broken promises.