Equality and Civil Rights

Jennie Jenkins-Dallas will create an Office of Equality and Civil Rights

  • Create Office of Equality and Civil Rights
    • Mission: To inspire and equip city government to make Harrisburg a national role model of racial equity and social justice.
    • The Office of Equality and Civil Rights is a city agency devoted to advancing equity and upholding the federal and local civil rights laws, the local living and prevailing wage laws ensuring access and equal opportunities for persons with disabilities, and providing oversight of local law enforcement.  The mission of the Office of Equality and Civil Rights is to carry out activities to eliminate inequity, inequality, and discrimination.
    • The goals of the Office of Equality and Civil Rights are to:
      • Develop a city workforce that is representative at all levels of the demographics of the city
      • Increase local purchasing and doing business with companies owned by people of color
      • Invest in areas of the city that have been under invested
      • Ensure that the city delivers city services in an equitable and inclusive manner
    • We define inequities as disparities in health, mental health, economic, education, or social factors that are systemic and avoidable and, therefore, considered unjust or unfair.
    • We value the full participation of people who are most impacted by inequity in defining the problems and the solutions.
    • Our Core Values:
      • We all do better when we all do better.
      • Strategies should be based on the lived experiences of those being served least by existing structures, systems, and institutions.
      • Use an intersectionality lens.
    • Areas of Responsibility
      • The Office of Office of Equality and Civil Rights has four major areas of responsibility:
        • Serving as a local civil and human rights advocacy resource dedicated to ensuring equal access and equitable opportunities for all people
        • Dismantling systemic barriers to achieve racial, gender, health and socio-economic equality
        • Supporting immigrant, refugee and other vulnerable communities to promote public safety, quality of life and human rights
        • Equipping and inspiring our city workforce to embrace the diverse cultures that make Harrisburg the best place to live
  • Capital Improvement Plan: special standing for:
    • MBE (Minority Business Enterprise)
    • WBE (Women Business Enterprise)
    • DBE (Disadvantage Business Enterprise)
    • LGBTE (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Business Enterprise)
    • VOSB (Veteran Owned Small Business)
    • SDVOB (Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business)
    • DOBE (Disabled Owned Business Enterprise)
    • SDB (Small Disadvantage Business)