Listen. Engage. Act.

We must listen. We must act.

The tragic and brutal death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis and the resulting protests have put the issues of police brutality and racial injustice at the forefront of the American psyche. Citizens throughout the country are demanding that their governments combat brutality, inequity, and racial intolerance in all their forms.

Local officials must seize this moment. It is our responsibility as community leaders to respond to our residents through systematic change…

…Read the full statement from the Board.

Engage in Resources

The League has compiled the resources on this page in support of our members as we move together towards a better understanding of racial injustice in our communities, and our role in correcting it.

We will be posting our own webinars, updates on relevant legislation, and other content, as well as links to policy guides and toolkits from organizations around the state and country. Additionally, we are collecting policies from our members that address discrimination, police misconduct, or racial inequity—please share your own policies as examples for others to draw on.

You will not find here a single solution or “best practice” recommended for all communities, but a range of strategies to evaluate locally.

League Updates & Webinars

Future Webinars:

Past Webinars:

Identifying the Barriers to Equity: Understanding the Local Impacts of the Criminal Justice System – August 6, 2020
PowerPoint – YouTube – Podcast – Additional Resources

The Future of Public Safety Webinar Series: Re-imagining Community Engagement – July 30, 2020
PowerPoint – YouTube – Podcast

The Future of Public Safety Webinar Series: Re-imagining How We Invest – June 30, 2020
YouTube – Podcast – PowerPoint

Featured Articles

The League’s goal is to provide a variety of thought provoking articles that will help members to unbox and understand the different perspectives surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion. We encourage everyone to take the time to consider these thoughts and map their own vision for their community.

Image showing panelists and moderator on a video call. Upper Left Corner: Helen Johnson, Upper Right Corner: Regina Bell, Lower Left Corner: Freyja Harris, Lower Right Corner: Michael Shaw

Leveraging Philanthropic Partnerships to Build Community Wealth

"When we intend to do good, we do. When we intend to do harm, it happens. What each of us ... Read More
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Offering a fair chance at employment after incarceration

Michiganders with criminal records often face barriers to securing jobs or other opportunities even long after their sentence is served ... Read More
Chelsea Swift

What Can We Learn from Other Cities About Police Reform Models?

As the outrage over George Floyd’s murder has spurred nationwide protests this summer and demands for changes to our police ... Read More
cover of Detroit Justice Center's "Highway Robbery" report

Report: How Routine Traffic Enforcement Criminalizes Poverty

One takeaway from the League’s Policy Forum series this year was a call to be attentive to how policy can ... Read More

Resources

Sample Member Policies