June 18, 2021 NF Legislative Roundup: Racial Equity Is Key

Racial equity has been a major influencer of statewide policy decisions across the country. Here are some prime examples!

Colorado

  • SB87
    • Why we’re watching: Not every workplace is equal. Agricultural workers have been organizing for years to secure better pay and safer conditions. Under this proposal, agricultural workers would finally receive a minimum wage, be given sufficient rest time, and overtime regulations.
  • HB1251
    • Why we’re watching: The Aurora Police Department’s murder of Elijah McClain permanently impacted an entire community. Officers injected him with exorbitant amounts of ketamine despite his non-confrontational behavior. Now, in his memory, Colorado may soon ban the use of that drug in law enforcement contexts.

Connecticut

  • SB888
    • Why we’re watching: We’ve said a lot about this bill as it’s progressed through the legislative process. The legislation is finally sitting on Gov. Ned Lamont’s desk awaiting his signature, but he refuses to sign it. That’s because it’s a half-measure relative to racial equity. When we have a chance at real reform, we should wholly seize it, not foul it off.

Federal

  • Digital Equity Act of 2021
    • Why we’re watching: The pandemic laid bare our digital inequality. Marginalized communities often lack sufficient internet speeds to attend virtual classrooms. This proposal, sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray from WA, would create a grant program to foster technological racial equity.
  • 475
    • Why we’re watching: Juneteenth, or Jubilee Day, is an important holiday in American history. It’s the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Texas and has long deserved an official holiday designation. It may soon receive that title, but we cannot let this symbolic victory replace genuine reform and action.

What do you think of the bills in this week’s legislative roundup? Did we miss anything? Drop us a line on any of our social channels or at info@neighborhoodforward.com or you can contact us through our contact us form. Let us know what’s happening in YOUR neighborhood!

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