Listen, Learn, Build and Bridge: Creating an Inclusive Fort Worth for All Residents
Our July luncheon focused on input from the City of Fort Worth's Task Force on Race and Culture. Led by three of the four co-chairs from the Task Force, Rosa Navejar, Lillie Biggins and Bob Ray Sanders, the luncheon featured a presentation and interactive tabletop discussions. The table discussions were divided into the following topics: criminal justice, education, economic development, health, housing, and transportation.
During the presentation, the co-chairs presented many findings of the Task Force, featured in the presentation. Beginning after the Jacqueline Craig arrest, the four co-chairs, also including Rabbi Andrew Bloom, were asked to build the 23-member Task Force to address racial and cultural diversity in the City of Fort Worth.
"We are all from Fort Worth, and we had all seen the transitions in Fort Worth," said Rosa Navejar, the presiding co-chair of the group. All three co-chairs acknowledged the importance of their work.
"This is one of the most important things I've done," said Lillie Biggins. Biggins emphasized that their findings are all based on "valid data from valid sources."
After the presentation from the co-chairs, the luncheon attendees participated in a discussion at their table on specific topics. Each table featured a task force member or city staff facilitating the discussion, including: Ty Stimpson, Charles Boswell, Bob Goldberg, Yolanda Harper, Angela Rush, Fernando Costa as well as the three co-chairs.
Our thanks to the City's Task Force on Race and Culture, Fernando Costa and Harriet Harral for helping to make this luncheon presentation possible.