2020 was a turbulent year across the globe in communities of all sizes and regions. In addition to the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic, people of color nationwide experienced racial injustice and police brutality, including here in Georgia. GMA’s leadership recognized that as an organization, cities must lead with action to root out racism and inequity within their communities.
To that end, in July 2020, GMA created its first Equity and Inclusion Commission to address these issues and develop a long-term plan of action centered around policy change and ongoing training. This 26-member body included elected and appointed municipal officials from each of GMA’s twelve districts and was co-chaired by Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis and LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton. The Final Report of the Georgia Municipal Association’s Equity and Inclusion Commission: Our Journey Together Continues embodies the foundational work of this Commission that it hopes will be carried forward in the ongoing mission of GMA and its member cities for years to come.
Final Report of the Georgia Municipal Association’s Equity and Inclusion Commission: Our Journey Together Continues