File #: R-62-20    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 11/17/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 12/21/2020 Final action: 12/21/2020
Title: Racial Equity in Media - For the purpose of encouraging racial equity in all forms of media.
Sponsors: Sheila Finlayson, Rhonda Pindell Charles, Elly Tierney, Dajuan K. Gay, Rob Savidge, Brooks Schandelmeier, Fred Paone
Attachments: 1. R-62-20 First Reader, 2. R-62-20 The Capital - Our Say, 3. R-62-20 Fiscal Impact Note, 4. R-62-20 SIGNED
Racial Equity in Media - For the purpose of encouraging racial equity in all forms of media.
City of Annapolis

Resolution 62-20

Introduced by: Alderwoman Finlayson
Co-sponsored by: Alderwoman Pindell Charles,
Alderwoman Tierney, Alderman Gay, Alderman Savidge,
Alderman Schandelmeier, and Alderman Paone

A RESOLUTION concerning

Racial Equity in Media

FOR the purpose of encouraging racial equity in all forms of media.

WHEREAS, On June 21, 2020, the Capital Gazette Editorial Board published an article titled "Our Say: The Capital helped racism flourish in Annapolis. We can do better" a copy of which is attached to this Resolution; and

WHEREAS, The Capital Gazette concluded its article by stating "We cannot change the past, but we can learn from it. We believe we have made progress, but hope black residents of this community will continue to tell us how The Capital can change to help end the racism that is holding us all back. We're listening"; and

WHEREAS, the "Racial Equity in Media Consortium" was formed to address the racial inequity in all forms of media and is comprised of many community leaders who are concerned with combatting racism, including local and state elected officials, representatives from the clergy and private sector, and notable advocacy organizations including the Anne Arundel County Branch of the NAACP, the United Black Clergy, the Caucus of African American Leaders (CAAL), and the Annapolis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and

WHEREAS, the Consortium has met with multiple media outlets and have shared a template for self-evaluation of equity practices within their organizations; and

WHEREAS, the Annapolis City Council urges all media organizations to use the template, or another of their choosing, on an annual basis to continue to evaluate their progress in developing equity in media best practices; and

WHEREAS, the Annapolis City Council calls on all media outlets in Anne Arun...

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