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UM, SOMETIMES WE, UH, DO HAVE SOME GUEST PRESENTERS, UM, HAD SUGGESTED, AND I AGREE THAT WE SHOULD GO AHEAD AND LET, UH, THEM FIRST SO THAT WE'RE NOT, UH, WASTING FOLKS TIME.

OH, WAIT.

WE DO HAVE TO DO A MEETING MINUTES.

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SORRY.

I ALWAYS FORGET MEETING MINUTES.

I DON'T THINK WE HAVE SAID ANYBODY ON PER CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

DO WE, ZACH? NO, NO.

ONE'S SIGNED UP SO MANY MINUTES.

UH, HAS EVERYBODY HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THEM? ANYTHING THAT YOU MIGHT NEED TO ADJUST? AND IF NOT, WE'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION.

THESE ARE FROM OUR MAY 27TH REMOTE MEETING WITH ADOPTION.

SORRY.

THANK YOU, ROB.

YEAH.

IF, IF, UH, IF EVERYBODY CAN SAY THAT, SAY THEIR NAME, UH, WHEN YOU'RE, WHEN YOU'RE SPEAKING, THAT'S HELPFUL.

SO THANKS ROB.

UH, MOVES ADOPTION.

DO I HAVE A SECOND? JUST A SECOND.

ALL RIGHT.

WE HAVE A MOTION.

WE HAVE A SECOND.

ANY DISCUSSION.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, I, I'M GOING TO TRY TO BE A LITTLE MORE ORGANIZED ABOUT THIS THAN I WAS LAST TIME, BECAUSE I FIND IT VERY DIFFICULT TO KEEP TRACK OF WHO HAS VOTED.

SO I'M JUST GOING TO DO A QUICK ROLL.

IF YOU CAN, UM, VOTE YAY OR ABSTAIN WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME, THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL.

UH, AMANDA THERE'S NO, THERE'S NO, AMANDA.

OH, REALLY? I'M SHOWING HER ON HERE.

OH, AMANDA.

SHE IS A SPEAKER.

SHE'S NOT ON JESSICA.

OH YEAH.

SHE'S NOT, SHE'S NOT A MEMBER.

I WAS LIKE, MAYBE SHE TOOK OVER.

SHE'S NOT HERE AS FILLING IN PREDATORS NOW.

OKAY.

NOW WE HAVE A CALL IN USER WHO, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S SOMEBODY WHO'S ON JC OR NOT.

OKAY.

WELL, OKAY.

TECHNICAL DAVE, DAVID.

UM, UNLESS YOU NEED ME FOR A QUORUM, I WAS JUST GOING TO ABSTAIN SINCE I WASN'T HERE, HERE, LAST MEETING.

ALL RIGHT.

WE'LL CALL YOU.

YOU NEED MY PHONE? I'LL PASS IT.

THANK YOU.

UH BISIAH.

YAY.

THANK YOU.

UH, JANICE THERE, KAREN.

YAY.

THANK YOU, MELISSA.

I'LL APPROVE.

THANK YOU.

NOW, WERE YOU THE SECOND ON THIS? YES.

WELL, I GUESS YOU STILL HAVE TO VOTE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

AND ROB.

YAY.

OKAY.

GOING BACK TO HOPE.

CAN YOU HEAR US? I HAVE, AND I WILL VOTE.

YES.

APPROVE.

YAY.

UM, I THINK WE DO NEED ONE MORE.

RIGHT? WE GOT KAREN.

YEAH, WE'VE GOT KAREN, MELISSA, MATT, ROB COHIBA.

SO DAVE EVENT.

OH, WAIT, NO, DAVID WAS ABSTAINING IF YOU NEED ME.

I'LL I'LL I'LL VOTE.

YEAH, THAT'S FINE.

THANK YOU, DAVID.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT, THERE WE GO.

OKAY, GREAT.

THE MINUTES ARE APPROVED.

UM, AND WHOLE, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN HEAR US, BUT IF YOU CAN, YOU MIGHT WANT TO TRY CALLING BACK IN.

CAUSE IT APPEARS THAT WE CANNOT HEAR YOU HOPEFULLY.

ALRIGHT.

SO, UH, MOVING ON TO OUR, OUR MAIN ITEMS, WE HAVE TWO ITEMS ON THE AGENDA AND WE'RE JUST GOING TO SWITCH THOSE AROUND SO THAT WE AREN'T KEEPING OUR PRESENTERS, UH, WAITING WHILE WE HAVE A MORE LENGTHY DISCUSSION ABOUT THE

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CLIMATE PLAN, UPDATE REVISION.

SO WE'RE GOING TO TAKE ITEM TO BE FIRST,

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UH, WHICH WILL BE A PRESENTATION ON THE COMMUNITY RESILIENCE TRUST.

GREAT.

AND I THINK WHAT I'LL DO IS I'LL JUST SHARE MY SCREEN WITH THE SLIDES AND THEN YOU ALL CAN JUST TAKE IT AWAY AND JUST TELL ME WHEN TO CLICK NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

OKAY.

YEAH, THAT SOUNDS GREAT.

UM, LET'S WORK THEIR FACES AT FIRST.

YOU CAN HEAR ME ZACH.

OKAY, GOOD.

GREAT.

WELL, I WANTED THE I'M JANICE BOOKOUT FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON'T KNOW ME.

AND, UM, I WANTED TO JUST KIND OF FIRST INTRODUCE WHO'S HERE WITH ME.

UM, WE ARE A COLLECTIVE, UH, THAT'S GROWN SINCE MARCH 14TH.

UM, AND, UH, BUT WHO'S WITH ME IS FOUR MEMBERS OF OUR STRATEGY TEAM AND THERE'S A COUPLE PEOPLE I'M ACTUALLY ON THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE WHO HAVE ALSO BEEN AS WELL ON SEVERAL CALLS.

UM, SO I JUST REALLY WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEM AS WELL.

UM, BUT WHO'S WITH ME IS AMANDA MUSSINO, UM, WHO IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT AT HOUSTON TILLOTSON UNIVERSITY, UH, RUBEN CANTU, UM, WHO IS WITH UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS IN THE, UM, DIVERSITY, UH, UH, AND, AND ENGAGEMENT DEPARTMENT.

AND THEN, UH, DR.

JERICA THOMAS HOCKADAY WHO'S WITH CENTRAL TEXAS ALLIED HEALTH INSTITUTE.

SO, UM, THESE ARE MEMBERS OF OUR 14 MEMBERS STRATEGY TEAM, AND WE COME TOGETHER TO TALK ABOUT THIS CAUSE ANY ONE VOICE REALLY ISN'T THE WHOLE VOICE OF THE CRT.

UM, SO WITH THAT, UH, I WILL PASS IT OVER.

UM, IF YOU WANNA GO AHEAD AND, UM, WE'RE GONNA KIND OF ALL CHIME IN HERE.

SO IF YOU WANT TO, UM, GO AHEAD AND START THE PRESENTATION AND THEN I'M GONNA PASS IT OVER TO RUBEN TO SORT OF START BY KICKING OFF HOW WE GOT STARTED.

AND, UM, IT'S JUST REALLY, I JUST REALLY WANT TO SAY FIRST THOUGH.

WELL, I WANNA ACKNOWLEDGE THE INFORMALITY OF MY SETTING.

MY, MY SON IS, UM, IN THE OTHER ROOM, UH, PRACTICING ON HIS MARIMBA.

UM, BUT, UH, ALSO I JUST WANT TO SAY, I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU INVITING US TO COME HERE, SO, UH, REALLY APPRECIATE BEING HERE.

SO I WANT IT WITHOUT ALL, WANT TO KICK IT OVER TO RUBEN, UM, WHO CAN SORT OF INTRODUCE THIS CONCEPT AND I'M NOT SEEING YOUR SCREEN YET.

ZACK.

YEAH, ZACK IT'S STILL JUST SAYS STARTING TO SHARE CONTENT.

YOU'RE ALSO MUTED.

OH, THERE IT IS.

WAIT FOR JUST A SECOND.

WELL, YEAH, I THINK WHEN YOU DO FULL SCREEN, I THINK IT GOES WELL, I SEE IT NOW.

YEAH.

WHEN, WHEN YOU'RE NOT FORCED TO GOING, I THINK IT'S FINE.

OKAY.

DO YOU SEE IT NOW? YEAH.

OKAY.

SO IF I SWITCH FOR GOOD REUBEN, YOU WANT TO PICK IT FOR A MINUTE.

THANK YOU EVERYONE.

THANK YOU, JANICE.

UH, MY NAME IS RUBIN CANTU AND THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF INCLUSIVE INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT UT AUSTIN, BUT ALSO SERVE AS A CULTURE FOR EARTH DAY AUSTIN.

AND THAT'S MY RELATIONSHIP WITH JANICE, UH, AND A COUPLE OF PEOPLE HERE ON THIS CALL, AMANDA AND KAREN.

UM, AS YOU ALL KNOW, PUBLIC 19 FORCED US TO CANCEL THE, UM, EARTH DAY FESTIVAL THIS YEAR.

AND IN, DURING THAT PROCESS, IT WAS A HARD DECISION.

UM, WE, UH, HAD TO THINK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT THE FUTURE OF EARTH DAY WAS IN THAT PROCESS.

UH, JANICE CALLED ME ON A SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH AND SAID, YOU CAN'T JUST LIKE, NOT HAVE A FESTIVAL.

YOU KNOW, WE GOT TO DO SOMETHING, UM, TO LIKE CONTINUE THE MOMENTUM.

AND SO ASIDE FROM THE FESTIVAL, IT'S LIKE, WHAT'S REALLY NEEDED HERE.

AND SO WE BOTH THAT THIS PANDEMIC WAS GOING TO HIT, UH, OUR COMMUNITIES THAT ARE USUALLY THE MOST VULNERABLE AND GET LEFT OUT.

AND SO WE RESOLVED TO GO AHEAD AND CALL A COUPLE OF COMMUNITY LEADERS TO A CALL AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TO MOBILIZE RESOURCES AND EFFORTS SINCE THEN IT'S GROWN.

BUT THE WHY BEHIND THE CALL REALLY WAS AROUND THIS IDEA THAT I SHARED WITH HER, UH, YOU KNOW, SEVERAL MONTHS BACK.

AND WE TALKED ABOUT HOW, INSTEAD OF AUSTIN, JUST, YOU KNOW, PROMOTING ITSELF AS THE SOCIAL INNOVATION CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, WE HAVE THIS LIKE REAL GLARING ISSUE WITH INEQUITY AND DISPARITY, YOU KNOW, AS AUSTIN CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF THE MOST INEQUITABLE CITIES OF ITS SIZE IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU KNOW, I SHARED THIS VISION OF HOW FORWARD IT LOOKED LIKE IF YOU WERE TO MAKE AUSTIN ONE OF THE MOST EQUITABLE CITIES IN THE COUNTRY.

AND THAT'S THAT VISION REALLY LIKE CAUGHT ON AND JANICE REALLY SUBSCRIBED TO THIS IDEA OF WHAT THE POSSIBILITY COULD BE.

AND SO IT WAS AROUND THAT FRAME FRAMING THAT WE CREATED THIS COLLECTIVE CALLED THE COMMUNITY RESILIENCE TRUST, AND OUR FOCUS IS, IS EXACTLY HOW DO WE MAKE MORE SYSTEMS EQUITABLE AND HOW DO WE

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MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT AT THE TABLE, UM, MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE.

THEY HAVE A VOICE SO THAT PEOPLE WHO USUALLY GET LEFT OUT ARE NO LONGER BEING LEFT OUT.

SO WITH THAT BEING SAID, UH, THIS COLLECTIVE HAS GROWN AND, UH, IT'S, IT'S DOING AMAZING THINGS THAT WE CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE WITH YOU.

UH, SO JANICE, IF YOU WANT.

OKAY, SURE, ABSOLUTELY.

AND, UM, YOU'LL HEAR A LITTLE BIT OF MARIMBA NOISE IN THE BACKGROUND.

I HOPE IT'S NOT TOO DISTRACTING.

UM, SO IF YOU'LL ADVANCE THE NEXT COUPLE OF SLIDES.

YEAH.

SO THAT'S WHAT WE STARTED WITH AS A QUESTION AND THE NEXT ONE.

SO WE'RE REALLY UP TO TWO THINGS.

SO WE, UM, AND, AND PART OF THIS ALSO COMES FROM, YOU KNOW, I HAVE A BACKGROUND IN ADDITION TO MY WORK WITH EARTH DAY AND ENVIRONMENTALISM AND SOME, UH, WORK THAT I'VE DONE IN THE COMMUNITY IN THIS EQUITY SPACE.

UM, I'M ALSO THE, IN ADDITION TO DIRECTING EARTH DAY, I'M ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT FOR MEASURE.

SO I DO A LOT IN THAT REGARD AS WELL.

AND, UM, AND I'VE WORKED SEVERAL, UM, DISASTERS.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I NOTICED ABOUT DISASTER IS THAT, UM, INSTITUTIONS FAIL DURING DISASTERS AND THEY PARTICULARLY FAIL TO SERVE THE MOST VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES.

AND OFTENTIMES WHAT'S MISSING IS STRATEGIC COLLECTIVE COMMUNICATION THAT BREAKS SILOS, UM, AND IS RESPONSIVE AND INSTITUTIONS AREN'T NECESSARILY THE MOST RESPONSIVE ORIENTED.

UM, AND SO WE WERE REALLY LOOKING FOR WHERE ARE THE GAPS? HOW CAN WE FILL THEM? SO OUR INTENTION IS TO PROVIDE A COMMUNITY DRIVEN, HOLISTIC, STRATEGIC, AND SYSTEMIC RESPONSE TO THIS PANDEMIC IN THE SHORT TERM, AND THEN DEVELOP OUR RESILIENCE AS A COMMUNITY IN THE LONGTERM AND WAS TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, THIS IS A SCREEN, WE TOOK A GROUP PHOTO THE OTHER DAY, UM, OF OUR GROUP.

SO THESE ARE JUST, UH, SOME OF, SOME OF OUR SMILING FACES AND, UM, I'M JUST REALLY MOVED BY THE RELATIONSHIPS WE'VE BUILT.

IT'S PROBABLY MY, ACTUALLY MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT WHAT WE'VE PUT TOGETHER IS THE DEEP RELATIONSHIPS WE'VE BUILT.

YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, SOME OF THE PERSPECTIVES.

SO WE INTEND TO BRING TOGETHER MULTIPLE CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES AND ALSO PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVES.

SO WE HAVE THE, THE FOOD SPACE UNIVERSITIES.

WE HAVE LIKE DESIGN AND INFOGRAPHIC, LIKE GRAPHIC DESIGN AND INFOGRAPHICS, CITY STAFF REGULARLY COME TO OUR CALLS.

UM, WE HAVE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS COMING TO OUR CALLS, UM, UH, CONGRESSMAN DOGGETT REGULARLY SINCE SENSE OF AARON, CORRECT TO OUR CALLS.

WE HAVE A COMMISSIONER SHEA, UM, UM, AND, UH, ALSO MOST RECENTLY COMMISSIONER PAVILION.

UM, WE HAVE PEOPLE FROM THE ADVOCACY SPACE, MEDIA MARKETING, UH, PEOPLE WHO ARE RECENTLY OR REPRESENT RECENTLY INCARCERATED, UM, TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH, GOVERNMENT DESIGN ENVIRONMENT, MEDICAL EDUCATION, YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THE WHOLE WORLD THERE.

AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE REPRESENTED, UM, STRONG REPRESENTATION OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY, UH, THE LATIN X COMMUNITY, LGBTQ, ASIAN, AND UNDOCUMENTED.

UM, WE DON'T HAVE AS MUCH INDIGENOUS REPRESENTATION YET AND WE'RE WORKING ON THAT.

UM, SO THERE'S, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SOME GAPS IN OUR PERSPECTIVES THAT WE'RE INCLUDING, BUT IT'S QUITE A DIVERSE GROUP OF PERSPECTIVES.

AND, UM, AND I WOULD SAY ANOTHER CATEGORY THAT I DID INCLUDE THERE IS SORT OF DIRECT SERVICE, WHICH IS UNIQUE FROM ADVOCACY, UM, AND, AND SORT OF, THEY DANCED TOGETHER IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SO THESE ARE KIND OF WHAT I WOULD CALL OUR BUCKETS OF ACTION.

SO THE WAY THE CALLS WORK, WE'VE BEEN MEETING EVERY DAY SINCE 9:00 AM TO 10:00 AM.

AND THEN SOME, EVERY DAY SINCE THE 14TH WITH THE EXCEPTION PRETTY IN SUNDAY.

AND, UM, WHAT'S BEEN REMARKABLE IS THAT PEOPLE KEEP COMING.

THEY KEEP FINDING THE VALUE IN BEING ON THE CALLS, AND THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW TO TALK ABOUT AND DEAL WITH TOGETHER.

UM, WE HAVE DAILY, THE DAILY MEETINGS IN THE MORNING, WE HAVE, UM, SORT OF COLLABORATIVE, UH, PROJECTS THAT OCCUR SPINOFF PROJECTS.

I WOULD CALL THEM WHERE A TOPIC WILL GET ADDRESSED ON THE CALL.

WE'LL WE'LL WORK ON IT COLLECTIVELY TOGETHER, TALK ABOUT IT.

AND THEN SEVERAL PEOPLE WILL BE INTERESTED IN TAKING ACTION.

AND SO THEN THEY HAVE A BREAKOUT CALL AND FORM A PROJECT.

UM, THEN WE HAVE SORT OF WHAT, WHAT WE CALL AMPLIFY AMPLIFICATION OF EVENTS AND PROJECTS.

SO EACH OF, MOST OF THE PEOPLE COMING TO THE CALL ARE LEADING AN ORGANIZATION OF SOME KIND.

AND SO MANY OF THEM WILL HAVE THEIR OWN EVENTS AND PROJECTS HAPPENING AND THEY'LL WANT SUPPORT FOR THOSE PROJECTS.

SO THEY BRING THOSE TO THE CALL AND WE AMPLIFY THEM, UM, THROUGH OUR FACEBOOK

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GROUP, LARGELY WE HAVE, UM, AND THEN WE HAVE KIND OF WHAT I WOULD CALL.

SO THERE'S COMMUNICATIONS, WHICH INCLUDES, UM, INFOGRAPHICS AND OUR WEBSITE.

UH, WE HAVE OUR WEBSITE STARTED PRETTY EARLY ON AND, UM, IT QUICKLY BECAME THE MOST USED WEBSITE FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS.

UM, THE INTENTION OF THE WEBSITE WAS TO HAVE A TRUSTED SOURCE FOR INFORMATION BECAUSE WE DISCOVERED THAT, OR, OR ACTUALLY KNEW, UM, UH, THROUGH OUR CONNECTIONS ON THE CALL THAT, UH, THERE WAS WHOLE GROUPS OF PEOPLE WHO DID NOT TRUST CITY COMMUNICATIONS.

AND SO WE WANTED TO PROVIDE THE INFORMATION IN THE NEW CONTEXT, AND WE DID THAT WHILE AT THE SAME TIME, COORDINATING WITH THE CITY TO MAKE SURE OUR INFORMATION WAS UP TO DATE AND ACCURATE, AND ALSO TRANSLATED INTO MULTIPLE LANGUAGES.

AND THEN, UM, WHAT WE WILL CALL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS.

SO IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES WE HAVE SOME PRETTY IN DEPTH RESEARCH INFORMED, UM, PROJECTS THAT COME OUT OF OUR CALLS, WHERE WE REALLY PUT INTENSIVE WORK TOGETHER.

AND A LOT OF TIMES THAT ENDS UP TRANSLATING INTO WHAT, WHAT REQUIRES MORE RESEARCH AND DESIGN.

SO WE ACTUALLY HAVE A DESIGN TEAM AS WELL, UM, WHICH THE DESIGN TEAM IS, UH, WE'RE TALKING LIKE SYSTEMS DESIGN, UH, NOT THE GRAPHIC DESIGN, BUT SYSTEMS DESIGN.

AND, UM, THAT GROUP WORKS INDEPENDENT SOMEWHAT INDEPENDENTLY TO SUPPORT AREAS THAT REALLY NEED A DEEP DIVE INTO WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE SYSTEM AND PEOPLE'S EXPERIENCE OF THAT AND HOW TO IMPACT IT.

SO WE BRING THAT KIND OF THING BACK TO OUR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS, UM, AND WE SUPPORT, UM, SOLUTIONS THAT, THAT MATTER.

SO I WANT TO OPEN IT UP HERE.

THERE'S MORE TO SHARE, BUT AT THIS POINT I WANT TO OPEN IT UP A LITTLE BIT AND SEE IF, UM, AMANDA OR JEREMY ARCO WANT TO SHARE FROM ANY OF THESE AREAS, UM, ABOUT WHAT THEY'VE NOTICED OR PROJECTS THAT WE'VE SEEN IN, IN PARTICULAR, UM, JERICHO I'D LOVE FOR YOU TO SHARE FROM THE MOBILE CLINICS, IF YOU'RE READY FOR THAT.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

MY NAME IS DR.

JERICA THOMAS TALK DATE, I'M THE FOUNDER OF THE CENTRAL TEXAS ALLIED HEALTH INSTITUTE.

UM, WE DO, UM, ALLIED HEALTH TRAINING, UM, AND, UH, MEDICAL ASSISTING PHARMACY TECHNOLOGY, SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, THOSE TYPES OF PROGRAMS. UM, I ACTUALLY JOINED THIS GROUP AT, UM, INVITATION FROM, UH, AMANDA MUSSINO, UM, TO BE A SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT FOR, UM, MEDICAL INITIATIVES THAT THEY WERE CONSIDERING, UM, IN THE GROUP, UH, TO GIVE EXPERTISE ON THAT.

AND OUT OF THAT, I KIND OF, I KIND OF SPAWNED THIS IDEA OF HAVING NEIGHBORHOOD MOBILE TESTING CLINICS.

SO, UM, I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THAT WITH THE GROUP.

THAT'S BEEN MY MAIN, UM, OBJECTIVE IN THAT GROUP.

UM, I HAVE WORKED A LITTLE BIT IN A SPACE OF, UM, HELPING WITH PREGNANT, UM, PREGNANT MOTHERS AT DELIVERING DURING THE COVID AND A COUPLE OF OTHER THINGS THAT THAT'S A REALLY GOOD WAY TO DESCRIBE THIS GROUP KIND OF IS ORGANIC, WHERE FOLKS HAVE EXPERTISE AND SOMEONE BRINGS SOMETHING TO THE CALL.

WE CAN, UM, PUT IN SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTISE WHERE WE FIND IT.

I DON'T, I THINK THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS GROUP IS THEY'RE VERY INTENTIONAL ABOUT, UM, AMPLIFYING FOLKS, VOICES WHO ARE NOT NECESSARILY AS WELL KNOWN IN THE COMMUNITY OR ARE DOING GRASSROOTS WORK AND DON'T HAVE A LOT OF CONNECTIONS CAUSE IT REALLY BUSY DOING GRASSROOTS WORK, UM, GIVING AMPLIFICATION TO THOSE VOICES THAT TRADITIONALLY ARE NOT HEARD AND, AND, AND HELPING TO GET THEM OUT INTO THE PUBLIC.

AND I FEEL THAT HAS HAPPENED WITH ME.

SO, UM, I CAN PASS IT TO AMANDA NOW.

YEAH, I THINK, UM, THAT THAT'S BEEN ONE OF THE WAYS THAT THE GROUP HAS FUNCTIONED IS AMPLIFYING EACH OTHER'S WORK AND TRYING TO, UM, INTERSECT WHERE WE CAN.

AND I THINK YOU GOT AN IDEA FROM THE PREVIOUS SLIDE THAT JEN HAS SHOWED UP YOUR FOCUS.

YOU'RE DOING TOO MANY THINGS.

WHAT WE WORK IN, THE AREAS WHERE WE INTERSECT, AND WE TRY TO, UH, THINK ABOUT HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER IN WAYS THAT WE TYPICALLY DON'T, YOU KNOW, BREAK THROUGH SILOS, WORK COLLABORATIVELY.

SO AN EXAMPLE OF A PROJECT THAT IS EMERGING FROM THIS IS A MOBILE TESTING PROPOSAL THAT JERICA AND HER INSTITUTION, UM, CENTRAL TEXAS ALLIED HEALTH INSTITUTE IS SPEARHEADING TO GET MOBILE TESTING OVER ON THE EAST SIDE OF AUSTIN, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THERE ISN'T AS MUCH TESTING THERE.

WE KNOW THAT HISPANIC AND BLACK COMMUNITIES ARE PARTICULARLY IMPACTED BY COVID, BUT IT'S NOT JUST ANOTHER TESTING PROPOSAL BECAUSE SHE IS PARTNERING WITH AUSTIN AREA, URBAN LEAGUE AND QUINCY DUNG LAB TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN THEY DO TESTING, THEY ARE ALSO PROVIDING WRAPAROUND

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SERVICES AND THEY WILL BE ADVISING FOLKS ON HOW TO CONNECT TO FOOD RESOURCES, ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE.

THERE'S AN ALSO A PROGRAM.

AND THIS IS WHERE MY ROLE WITH HOUSTON TILLOTSON COMES IN, WHERE THE STUDENTS AT JERRICK HAS INSTITUTE AND STUDENTS FROM HT WILL ALSO BE GETTING TRAINING IN HOW TO DO CONTACT TRACING.

SO THERE'LL BE ADDING TO THE HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE AND GETTING A CREDENTIAL.

THAT'S GOING TO HELP THEM AFTER THIS PANDEMIC, HOPEFULLY HAS PASSED US ALL.

UM, THEY'LL HAVE SOMETHING TO WORK GOING FORWARD TO DEAL WITH SORT OF THE UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS.

SO THAT'S NOT MAYBE TYPICALLY HOW YOU WOULD RESPOND IN THE HEAT OF AN EVENT.

YOU MIGHT NOT THINK TO COVER ALL OF THOSE BASES.

YOU SORT OF SPECIALIZED, RIGHT? THE MEDICAL PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DO THE MEDICAL THING, FOOD PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DO.

WE'RE TRYING TO CROSS CONNECT SO THAT WE HAVE A MORE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH.

UM, YEAH.

AND THEN, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S COOL ABOUT THAT.

ANOTHER THING THAT'S COOL ABOUT THAT TOO, IS THAT, YOU KNOW, IN THE BACK OF THE DESIGN TEAM, LIKE READY TO SUPPORT, UM, THEY HAD DONE SOME BACKGROUND WORK ON WHAT IT'S LIKE FOR FRONT FRONTLINE WORKERS.

WE HAD A GROUP OF PEOPLE PUT TOGETHER, UM, A SUPPORT LETTER FOR THE MOBILE CLINIC AND IT HAD, YOU KNOW, 30 SIGNATURES FROM 30 ORGANIZATIONS AND SUPPORT WITHIN A COUPLE OF DAYS.

UM, AND THEN, YOU KNOW, AND THEN, YOU KNOW, SO LIKE A LOT OF TIMES IN THE MORNINGS WE'LL DO THESE, UM, WE'LL DO UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS FOR SUPPORT IN THE LAST 30 MINUTES, WE'LL HAVE WORKSHOP TIME WHERE WE'LL FOCUS ON A SPECIFIC ISSUE AND, AND DIVE DOWN.

AND IT REALLY HAS BEEN A MODEL THAT'S BEEN AMAZING.

AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, UM, WE HAVE, UH, DEVELOPED A PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WHERE IT'S STARTING TO FORM AN OFFICIAL PARTNERSHIP, WE'LL HAVE MEMBERSHIP.

AND THEN, UM, UH, YOU KNOW, THE, THOSE THAT MODEL, UM, I WANT TO GET INTO THAT IN A MINUTE.

SO IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT, OH, ONE MORE THING ABOUT THAT INFOGRAPHIC, AS YOU SEE IT, THE STAY HOMEWORK SAFE INFOGRAPHIC WAS PART OF A CAMPAIGN THAT ALSO INCLUDED, UH, INCLUDED SOME PRETTY DETAILED, UH, VISUAL PROTOCOLS FOR LEAVING AND ENTERING YOUR HOUSE AND THAT ONE AND INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD GRAPHIC DESIGN AWARD RECENTLY.

SO WE'RE REAL PROUD OF THAT.

IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, THIS IS ACTUALLY JUST KIND OF A SMATTERING OF WHAT WE'VE PRODUCED.

UM, I'M ACTUALLY GONNA, SO LIKE INFOGRAPHICS RESEARCH AND BRIEFINGS.

UM, THE MINUTE WITH THE MAYOR CAME OUT OF A PROPOSAL THAT WE HAD, WE WERE ACTUALLY, UM, ONE OF SEVERAL, THREE VAIN GROUPS WHO CALLED FOR US TO MOVE FROM PHASE TWO TO PHASE FIVE WHEN WE DID IN MARCH.

THAT WAS PART OF OUR, OUR, OUR, OUR WORK, UM, HELPED, UH, PROMOTE THAT.

AND IN SOME WHITE PAPERS THAT WE WROTE, UM, WE HAVE A FACEBOOK GROUP THAT'S UP TO ABOUT 750 AT THIS POINT.

UM, WE HAVE PROJECTS IN FOOD LIKE THAT ARE MAKING AN ENORMOUS DIFFERENCE IN, UM, PROVIDING FOOD.

UM, WE HAVE, UM, YOU KNOW, AN EXPERIENCE SERVICE EXPERIENCE SURVEY THAT SEVERAL, YOU KNOW, A COUPLE OF GROUPS CAME TOGETHER AND PUT TOGETHER, UM, MEASURE WAS A BIG PART OF THAT, UM, FUNDING WE'VE MADE A DIFFERENCE WITH THE FUNDING OF COMMUNITY NONPROFITS.

UM, ANOTHER GROUP HAS BEEN WORKING ON THE EQUITABLE RESPONSE TO AISD TRANSITIONS OVER TIME.

UM, AND WE'RE ACKNOWLEDGED RECENTLY BY THE EQUITY OFFICE FOR THE AISD ON OUR WORK, IN THAT AREA.

AND IT KIND OF GOES ON AND ON.

SO IF YOU'LL SKIP TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, I NEED TO WORK ON THE SLIDE, SO DON'T GET TOO DETAILED ON IT, BUT THERE'S BASICALLY FOUR LENSES THAT WE BRING, UM, EQUITY BEING THE MOST IMPORTANT OR ANOTHER WAY TO TALK ABOUT IT AS ANTI-RACIST WORK, BUT WE'RE REALLY, UM, LOOKING TO BE BOTH DIVERSE AND REPRESENTATIVE.

UM, SO WE'RE NOT USING DIVERSITY, LIKE, YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST ABOUT ETHNIC BACKGROUND, BUT IT'S ALSO ABOUT A VARIETY OF PERSPECTIVES WITHIN ANY GIVEN CULTURE THAT ARE EQUALLY REPRESENTED AS WELL.

UM, AND CREATING A PARTNERSHIP AMONG THOSE.

UM, WE DO TAKE A, UM, A HEALING INFORMED APPROACH TO WHAT WE DO A LOT OF THE WAY WE MOVE IS CONSENT BASED.

AND WE GIVE DEFERENCE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE MOST IMPACTED SPEAK FIRST ON CALLS.

AND WE KIND OF MONITOR THAT THEY'RE NOT INTERRUPTED WHEN THEY'RE SPEAKING ABOUT THINGS THAT IMPACT THEM, SO THAT THERE'S PLENTY OF SPACE FOR A REALLY COMMUNITY DRIVEN CONVERSATION.

AND THAT WHO'S IMPACTED VARIES FROM CALL TO CALL.

UM, BUT WE REALLY TRY TO HONOR THAT IN THE WAY THAT WE MOVE.

UM, AND, AND ALSO IN THE DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE, UM, SYSTEMS DESIGN IS A BIG PART OF WHAT WE'RE DOING AND THE DESIGN TEAM INFORMS THAT QUITE A BIT.

AND THEN TRANSFORMATION IS ANOTHER LENS THAT WE USE, UM, USING STRATEGIES THAT REALLY CREATE FROM THE FUTURE FREE FROM THE PAST.

UM, AND FROM A RESPONSIBLE STANDPOINT, LIKE WE'RE THE ONES THAT ARE GONNA MAKE THE DIFFERENCE HERE.

YOU'LL SKIP TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

MMM.

DOES OUR STRATEGIC APPROACH.

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THIS IS IN DEVELOPMENT, BUT IT REALLY IS LIKE WE IDENTIFY THE ISSUES.

WE LOOK TO WHAT, AS AT THE SOURCE OF THAT ISSUE, WE LOOK AT WHERE THE INTEGRITY LACKING OR WHERE, WHERE SPECIFICALLY THE INEQUITY MIGHT LIE.

SO IS IT IN A POLICY OF PRACTICE AND IS IT IN TRAINING? IS IT IN THE BEEKEEPING? AND THEN WHERE ARE OUR LEVERAGE POINTS TO IMPACT THAT ISSUE AT ITS SOURCE? AND THEN WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? SO WE REALLY KIND OF, IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUE.

A LOT OF TIMES WHEN PEOPLE TALK ABOUT ISSUES, THEIR BRAINS PERCEIVE THAT AS HAVING DONE SOMETHING ABOUT IT, AND WE DO NOT STOP THERE.

YOU REALLY ARE, UM, UH, INTERESTED IN MAKING EVERYTHING THAT WE DO ACTIONABLE, BUT, BUT LOOKING TOGETHER AND STRATEGICALLY AT THE SAME TIME, NEXT SLIDE, THIS IS KIND OF JUST TALKING ABOUT WHERE WE ARE.

WE'VE BEEN FORMING AND STORMING, AND NOW WE'RE NORMING WHERE WE'RE PUTTING TOGETHER OUR PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT.

AND IN THE NEXT PHASE, WE'RE GOING TO BE WORKING ON, UM, SHARING OUR MODEL, BUILDING OUR CAPACITY FUNDRAISING, UM, THAT KIND OF THING, BUT THAT'LL HAPPEN AFTER OUR PARTNERSHIP IS FORMALIZED.

NEXT SLIDE.

OH, THIS WILL KIND OF GIVE YOU A SENSE OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

I DON'T NECESSARILY THINK WE SHOULD GET INTO THE WEEDS OF LIKE ALL THE THINGS, BUT IF WE'LL JUST KIND OF, IF YOU'LL GO THROUGH THE NEXT FOUR SLIDES, ZACH, JUST KIND OF, THIS IS, MID-MARCH JUST KIND OF TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED.

OKAY.

AND THE NEXT SLIDE APRIL OKAY.

JUNE, JUNE IS MY FAVORITE.

CAUSE IT'S LIKE, SEEMS LIKE OUR PRODUCTIVITY KIND OF EXPLODED.

AND THAT WAS JUST LIKE A, AS OF JUNE 15TH.

UM, WHAT'S HAPPENING IS THAT AS A GROUP, THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER THAT MAKES ALL OF OUR WORK MORE PRODUCTIVE AND THERE'S, THERE'S THESE SORT OF OUTCOMES THAT ARE JUST OCCURRING AS A RESULT OF OUR WORKING TOGETHER.

SO, UM, UH, IT'S HARD TO EVEN CAPTURE EVERYTHING THAT'S GETTING ACCOMPLISHED OUT OF OUR COLLABORATIVE WORK, BUT THAT KIND OF JUST THE SHEER VOLUME OF IT KIND OF GIVES YOU AN IDEA.

OKAY, GO AHEAD.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S NEXT? OH, WE'RE LOOKING AT OUR, YOU KNOW, OUR NEXT PRIORITIES.

UM, WE HAVE GOTTEN INVOLVED IN SORT OF DEALING WITH THE FULL SCOPE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SUSTAINABLE.

SO THERE'S REALLY NOTHING OFF LIMITS IN TERMS OF, UM, WHAT WE CONSIDER TO BE A PROJECT AROUND EQUITABILITY.

AND CERTAINLY, UH, POLICING IS AN ISSUE THAT IT'S A SUSTAINABILITY ISSUE AND THAT'S HOW WE, YOU KNOW, WE, AND, UM, AND WE SEE IT AS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS ANYTHING RELATED TO COVID AND COMPLETELY CONNECTED TO WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH COVID.

UM, WE'RE WORKING ON VOTING, UH, VOTER INFORMATION, UM, AND I WOULD SAY HISPANIC AND BLACK, UM, LIKE EQUITABLE COVID RESPONSE.

SO THERE WE'VE GATHERED A LOT OF DATA ON, UM, AND A LOT OF, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF INFORMATION ON, UM, ON WHAT, ON WHAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH THE WAY IN WHICH, UM, ON THE OUTCOMES, THE DEATHS AND HOSPITALIZATIONS FOR OUR BLACK AND HISPANIC COMMUNITY, BECAUSE THOSE ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY HIGH.

UM, AND SO WE'RE WORKING ON A NUMBER OF FRONTS ON THAT TOPIC RIGHT NOW, AND IT WOULD PROBABLY BE OUR LARGEST FOCUS MOVING FORWARD IS, UM, IS THAT PARTICULAR TOPIC, SO, UM, WE'RE NOT GOING TO NECESSARILY GET INTO THAT.

THERE'S A LOT WE COULD SAY ABOUT THAT.

AND WE'LL PRESENTATIONS WE'VE CREATED AROUND THAT.

UM, BUT WE HAVE MULTIPLE TEAMS WORKING ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THAT.

UM, AND THEN OF COURSE OUR PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT AND OUR STRATEGIC FOCUS, WE HAVE OUR MOBILE CLINICS IN OUR FOOD.

AND, UM, SO THOSE ARE KIND OF WHAT OUR PRIORITIES ARE RIGHT NOW, BUT THEN WE'RE KIND OF OPEN TO ANYTHING THAT COMES UP THE, IN THIS DOMAIN OF EQUITABILITY.

UM, IF YOU'LL KIND OF FLIP, I GUESS THE NEXT LINE WE'LL CAN SKIP THAT ONE.

I THINK THAT WAS MORE OF AN INTERNAL SLIDE.

UM, I THINK, YOU KNOW, WE'RE INTERESTED IN HOW OUR NEEDS OUR NEEDS AND INTERESTS OVERLAP, UM, WITH Y'ALLS.

SO LOOKING TO SEE, YOU KNOW, WHERE DO YOU SEE WE CAN STRATEGICALLY CONNECT AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER.

UM, AND, UH, AND THEN THE NEXT SLIDE, AND THIS IS AGAIN, JUST GOING BACK TO THE RELATIONSHIPS.

CAUSE I THINK AGAIN, LIKE THE CORE THING THAT WE WERE DEVELOPING IS OUR TRUSTED RELATIONSHIPS.

UM, IT'S A DYNAMIC PROCESS AND IT'S BEEN REALLY RICH AND A BEAUTIFUL THING TO

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BUILD THESE INCREDIBLE RELATIONSHIPS OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS.

AND QUITE FRANKLY, VERY PERSONALLY, IT'S BEEN A SAVING GRACE FOR ME IN MY OUTLOOK ON LIFE TO JUST KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT THIS IS WHAT WE'RE BUILDING TOGETHER.

SO THAT KIND OF GIVES YOU THE WORLD OF IT.

AND, UM, I WANT TO OPEN IT BACK UP TO MY COLLEAGUES TO JUST ANYTHING ELSE YOU GUYS THOUGHT ABOUT WANTING TO SHARE ABOUT BEFORE WE OPEN IT UP FOR Q AND A, UM, IT'S A LOT TO WASH OVER, BUT I JUST THINK, YOU KNOW, YOUR PERSPECTIVES ARE, ARE VITAL.

ANYTHING YOU GUYS WANT TO ADD.

I'M INTERESTED IN QUESTIONS.

SO WE GET SOME FEEDBACK.

YEAH.

I THINK I KIND OF MOVED THROUGH IT QUICK FOR THAT REASON.

RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL THANK YOU TO PAJAMAS AND THE WHOLE TEAM THERE.

UM, A LOT OF GREAT WORK BEING DONE, OBVIOUSLY.

UM, DO YOU FOLKS HAVE QUESTIONS SINCE I CAN'T SEE MOST OF YOU FEEL FREE TO JUST UNMUTE AND ASK IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING? WELL, I GUESS, UM, I HAVE, I HAVE ONE FOR YOU AND I I'M THINKING THAT PROBABLY THIS IS WHY, UH, KATIE REACHED OUT ABOUT, UM, GETTING ME ON THE AGENDA, WHICH I'M GLAD THAT SHE DID.

UM, I GUESS JUST WONDERING IF THERE ARE, UM, THINGS THAT YOU'VE LEARNED OUT OF THIS WORK, UM, THAT CAN BE DISTILLED DOWN INTO SOME ADVICE OR, UH, YOU KNOW, THIS BODY AND THE SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE AND, YOU KNOW, I GUESS EVERYTHING AROUND, UM, THE CLIMATE PLAN, UM, YOU KNOW, W W W WHAT, WHAT CAN WE TAKE FROM THIS EXPERIENCE TO, YOU KNOW, MAKE THAT MORE SUCCESSFUL? UM, I CAN START WITH THAT.

UM, CAN YOU HEAR ME? YEP.

UM, A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT POP OUT, UM, IN TERMS OF THE WAY THAT WE ARE DISCOVERING.

CAUSE YOU KNOW, IF YOU WERE TO ASK THIS EVEN FOUR MONTHS, ME AND JOSH FINALLY CREATE SOMETHING LIKE THIS, WE'RE LIKE, NO, WE'RE BUSY, YOU'VE GOT OTHER THINGS.

UM, BUT WE'RE REALLY GLAD THAT WE SAID YES TO THIS POSSIBILITY.

UM, SO IT'S IN THIS, UH, IDEA OF ONE ENTERING WITH A SENSE OF WHAT THE TEACHER CAN BE.

IF WE ACTUALLY, UH, CREATE A PLATFORM FOR THAT DISCUSSION TO THE CONSISTENCY AND CADENCE, UH, BIRTH COMMUNICATION, THREE, UM, THE ABILITY FOR US TO, UM, MEET EVERYONE WHERE THEY'RE AT AND THEN EMPOWER THEM AND AMPLIFY THEIR WORK.

SO LIKE FOR EXAMPLE, JERKER COMING IN, NOT KNOWING WHAT TO EXPECT WITH SAYING, YEAH, SURE.

I'LL BE PART OF THIS CONVERSATION, BUT IN TURN JERKER ENDING UP IN ONE OF THE CATALYST THAT HELP IT'S HELPING.

AND IT HAS HELPED NOT ONLY TO LEAD MOBILE CLINICS IN THE COMMUNITY, BUT TO HELP ME SHAPE THE FRAMEWORK ABOUT HOW PHILANTHROPY WORKS IN AUSTIN.

SO IT'S REALLY APPROACHING IT FROM LIKE, NOT A TITLE LEVEL.

CAUSE A LOT OF TIMES WE CREATE PERMISSIONS AND COALITIONS BASED ON PRESTIGE AND TITLES, BUT EVEN THOUGH ALL OF US ARE AWESOME AND WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN BEAUTIFUL TITLES, IT'S THE WAY THAT WE INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER AND START FORMING A SENSE OF FAMILY THAT IS REALLY HELPING MOVE THE WORK ALONG THAT WORK WITH TRYING TO PLAY.

SO I'LL STOP THERE.

THANK YOU, RUBEN.

UM, I'LL SAY SOMETHING AND, UH, I'D LOVE FOR AMANDA AND JERRICA TO SAY SOMETHING TOO.

UM, I W WELL, I WOULD SAY A COUPLE THINGS.

ONE IS I THINK LISTENING, UM, IN PARTICULAR, AND THIS IS KIND OF FROM A TRANSFORMATIONAL LENS, BUT LISTENING TO HOW THINGS ARE BEING HEARD, A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE ARE FOCUSED ON BEING HEARD, BUT THEY'RE NOT NECESSARILY LISTENING TO HOW THINGS ARE BEING HEARD BY OTHERS.

AND IF ANYTHING MATTERS IN COMMUNICATION, IT'S HOW THINGS ARE BEING HEARD.

SO, AND THAT TAKES WORK BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO HAVE ALREADY BEEN LISTENING TO WHAT, WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING TO EVEN UNDERSTAND HOW THEY MIGHT BE HEARING WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

RIGHT.

SO LISTENING INTENTLY WITH AN INTENT TO NOT JUST SO WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS SPEAKING, LISTENING INTENTLY TO UNDERSTAND, AND LIKE NOT JUST UNDERSTAND, BUT GET THEIR WORLDVIEW AS

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BEST YOU CAN FROM YOUR LIMITED PERSPECTIVE.

AND THEN, AND THEN WHEN YOU'RE SPEAKING, LISTENING TO HOW, WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS BEING HEARD AND, AND QUESTIONING, AND NOT ASSUMING THAT HOW, WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS BEING HEARD THE WAY YOU'RE INTENDING IT WILL BE HEARD.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF INTENTIONALITY AROUND COMMUNICATION THAT I THINK IS OFTEN LEFT OUT AND WE ARE IN INTENSELY FOCUSED ON IT.

AND I THINK IT'S MADE A DIFFERENCE IN CARS AND FROM NOT INTENSELY FOCUSED ON IT TO AVOID ANYTHING, BUT TO REALLY DELIVER ON WHAT WE SAY AS POSSIBLE, WHICH IS AN EQUITABLE FUTURE FOR AUSTIN.

AND I THINK THAT HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE, INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT PART OF WHAT WE DO.

UM, AND THEN THE OTHER THING I WOULD SAY IS PART OF THAT IS CREATING THE SPACE FOR PEOPLE TO BE HEARD WITHOUT INTERRUPTION.

SO, YOU KNOW, I I'VE SPOKEN A LOT HERE, BUT FOR THE MOST PART ON CALLS, LIKE I DON'T HONESTLY DON'T TALK TOO MUCH ON CALLS.

UM, AND, AND A LOT OF THE WHITE PEOPLE ON OUR CALLS TALK LESS AND LISTEN MORE, AND WE SUPPORT THAT IN THE WAY WE SET UP OUR CALLS.

UM, SO THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE IMPACTED BY A PARTICULAR ISSUE CAN, CAN NOT HEARD, BUT HAVE A SPACE TO SAY WHAT THEY NEED TO SAY AND THINK IT THROUGH AND NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH AN INTERRUPTION OR A GOOD IDEA, UM, BEFORE THEY'VE SAID WHAT THEY NEED TO SAY, WHICH CAN BE AN EMOTIONAL PROCESS SOMETIMES.

AND I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT AND THAT BY THE WAY, SOMETHING THAT WE INTENDED, BUT DIDN'T REALLY GET BETTER AT UNTIL SOME OF THE PEOPLE PUSHED BACK.

SO THERE WAS LIKE, I THINK THAT'S THE THIRD PART FOR ME IS THAT AS CONFLICT HAS ARISEN IN THE GROUP AND IT HAS, WE'VE UTILIZED THAT CONFLICT AS A, AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW IN THE DESIGN AND OUR INTENTION IN OUR COMMUNICATION, IN THE STRUCTURE THAT FALLS, UM, JERRICA.

AMANDA, WHAT DO YOU GUYS WANT TO SAY ABOUT THIS? UH, YEAH, I CAN, I CAN OFFER REALLY QUICK.

UM, WHAT I, I THINK THE TAKE HOMES ARE THAT MIGHT APPLY TO YOU AND IT PROBABLY ALREADY APPLIED TO SOME OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

UM, YOU KNOW, PHOEBE'S BEEN ON OUR CALLS A FEW TIMES.

KAREN HAS BEEN ENGAGED IN THE GROUP FROM THE BEGINNING AND ALL OF HER AMAZING WORK, UM, WITH DELIVERING, YOU KNOW, CREATING PROPOSALS TO GET FOOD PREPARED AND DELIVERED TO PEOPLE.

I MEAN, SHE HAS BEEN REALLY ACTIVE PART OF THIS AS WELL.

SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT.

UM, SO THE THREE THINGS, UH, YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT UNDERSTATE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE JUSTICE LENS AND THE EQUITY PERSPECTIVE.

AND I KNOW THAT Y'ALL ARE REALLY AWARE OF THAT THERE ARE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE AND WHAT THE CLIMATE PLAN, BUT IT IS, IT IS PARAMOUNT.

IT IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU THINK IT IS IN YOUR IT'S ADVOCATES.

UM, AND, AND WE SEE THAT AGAIN AND AGAIN, IN THE WORK WE DO.

NUMBER TWO, YOU ALSO CANNOT UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF HISTORY, UH, WHEN WE ARE ENGAGING WITH ANY ISSUE OF DISPARITY.

AND WHEN YOU'RE DEALING WITH ENVIRONMENT, WHEN YOU'RE DEALING WITH HEALTH, WHEN YOU'RE DEALING WITH CLIMATE, YOU ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT DISPARITIES.

AND WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT ANY ISSUE OF DISPARITY, YOU ARE LOOKING AT A LOT OF HISTORY, SHORT TERM AND LONGTERM THAT CARRIES A LOT OF PAIN IN THE COMMUNITY.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE EITHER DIRECTLY EXPERIENCED SOMETHING OR HAVE JUST GROWN IN THAT ENVIRONMENT AND YOU NEED TO BE PREPARED TO DEAL WITH THAT.

AND YES, IT DOES TAKE TIME AND DELIBERATE INTENTION, BUT WE CAN BE VERY SOLUTIONS ORIENTED AND I'M VERY PRAGMATIC.

AND AS IT SAYS, WITH A SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND AND DOCTOR DR.

JERICHO WILL SHARE THIS WITH ME, YOU CAN BE VERY PRAGMATIC AND TRY TO GET THE IMMEDIATE PROBLEM SOLVED.

AND THAT IS NOT ALWAYS APPROPRIATE.

SOMETIMES YOU DO HAVE TO DELIBERATELY TAKE A STEP BACK AND AGAIN, WITH CLIMATE, I THINK THERE'S A, AN ANALOGY FOR Y'ALL THERE THAT I'M SURE YOU'VE ALREADY CONSIDERED.

UM, AND THEN THE THIRD THING IS THINKING ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY MUCH MORE BROADLY.

AND I CONSIDER PART OF THIS WORK PART OF WHAT I DO IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, RIGHT? UM, IT'S NOT TRADITIONAL, IT'S A PANDEMIC RESPONSE, BUT IT ABSOLUTELY TOUCHES ON THE SAME CORE ISSUES AND THE SAME, UM, FACTORS JUST BALANCING IN A DIFFERENT WAY, RIGHT.

PEOPLE AND ENVIRONMENT AND, UH, AND THE BUSINESS SECTOR AND ALL OF THOSE SAME THINGS THAT INTERSECT AND CLIMATE ISSUES ARE INTERSECTING HERE.

UM, SO YOU KNOW, THAT, THAT'S WHAT I WOULD TAKE HOME FROM IT.

I THINK THERE'S AN INVITATION TO THIS GROUP TO, TO ENGAGE WITH US BECAUSE YOU HAVE SECTORS THAT WILL BUILD WHAT WE CAN DO AND MAKE IT EVEN MORE IMPACTFUL.

SO, AND THANK YOU FOR LETTING US PRESENT TODAY.

ERICA WAS THAT YOU WANTED TO SHARE, ADD ON THAT SUBJECT.

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UM, I THINK YOU GUYS, BETWEEN THE THREE OF Y'ALL, Y'ALL SAID A WHOLE LOT, UM, I HONESTLY FEEL LIKE MY PLACE IN THE ORGANIZATION OR MY CONTRIBUTION TO THE ORGANIZATION OVER THIS LAST FEW MONTHS IS GIVING THE VOICE TO THE FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY.

UM, I'M JUST VERY PLAIN SPOKEN PERSON GIVING A VOICE TO AFRICAN AMERICAN FOLKS WHO DON'T NORMALLY ENGAGE IN THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY WHO DON'T ARE NOT NECESSARILY TRUSTING OF SYSTEMS BECAUSE THEY HEAR LET'S GO TO, IF YOU HAVE THIS PROBLEM, YOU NEED TO GO AND SIT DOWN AND TALK TO THE SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION.

BUT I DON'T KNOW WHO THOSE PEOPLE ARE.

THAT'S ANOTHER GOVERNMENT ENTITY.

I DON'T WANT TO DEAL WITH THEM.

YOU KNOW, UM, I HAVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS NOW WHO I KNOW, I ALWAYS CALL THEM CHURCH LADIES, THEY CALL ME, WHAT IS THIS GROUP? YOU JOIN NOW.

AND, AND THEY TALK TO ME ABOUT THINGS AND NOW I'M GETTING PHONE CALLS, HEY, GET ON THE PHONE AND TALK TO THESE FOLKS IN THE MORNING AND LET THEM KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE COMMUNITY AND THIS AND THAT AND THE OTHER.

SO I'M TRYING TO BE A VOICE IN BRINGING THINGS TO THE ORGANIZATION AND TALKING TO THEM ABOUT THIS IS WHAT I'M HEARING ON THE GROUND.

THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE ARE TELLING ME.

THIS IS A FOCUS.

HOW CAN WE, HOW CAN WE WORK ON THAT? AND THERE ARE VERY FEW ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS TOWN WHO I KNOW WHO WILL LISTEN, BECAUSE I'M A VERY ACTION ORIENTED PERSON, JUST LIKE AMANDA SAID, WHO WILL LISTEN, LISTEN, EXCEPT WHAT I'M SAYING AND TAKE ACTION ON.

SO THAT THAT'S, THAT'S A HUGE REASON THAT I'VE STAYED AND I'VE ACTUALLY TAKEN A, A BIGGER ROLE IN THE ORGANIZATION.

SO THAT'S, THAT'S THE ONE THING THAT I CAN APPRECIATE ABOUT THIS GROUP.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FROM COMMISSIONERS? I HEARD TWO VOICES.

I'M NOT SURE FOR THE FIRST ONE WAS ALBERTA.

ALBERTA WENT INTO, GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

SO FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK JERRICA AND THE REST OF THE CARIBBEAN JERICA.

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU, BUT I CALL THEM CHURCH HAT, LADIES.

UM, SO ANYWAY, THAT'S JUST MY POINT OF REFERENCE WITH THE CHURCH HAT LADIES, BUT I ALSO, YOU KNOW, I'M GONNA SAY THIS ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT I'VE HEARD.

I'VE PRETTY MUCH HEARD IT ALL BEFORE.

UM, AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT THIS TIME AROUND, UM, WE'VE HAD MANY CONVERSATIONS.

WE'VE HAD MANY COMMITTEES, INSTITUTIONAL RACISM.

I MEAN, YOU NAME IT, THE PEOPLE'S PLAN.

AND YOU KNOW, IT DOESN'T REALLY GO MUCH BEYOND THE TALKING STAGE.

SO SOMEBODY HELPED ME UNDERSTAND WHAT'S DIFFERENT THIS TIME AROUND I'LL BURN IT.

I'LL TELL YOU AND GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

I DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE ON THIS COMMISSION, THIS FOR, FROM A VERY HONEST PERSPECTIVE, AS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN LIVING IN THIS SOUND, THIS FEELS DIFFERENT.

IT ABSOLUTELY FEELS DIFFERENT.

THE MAKEUP OF THE NATURE OF THE FOLKS IN THE GROUP, UM, EVEN WITH THE MOBILE CLINIC IDEA, WHEN I BROUGHT IT TO THE GROUP AND I TALKED TO THEM ABOUT IT, USUALLY IN THOSE, I AGREE WITH YOU.

THE TOP SPACES CAN BE VERY WEARY, BUT THEY TOOK IT ON AS A GROUP.

THEY'VE HELPED ME DEVELOP IT.

JANICE HAS BUILT SLIDES FOR ME TO TAKE TO DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS.

CAUSE I AM NOT A HEALTH.

I'M A HEALTHCARE PERSON.

I'M NOT A COMPUTER PERSON.

AND THEY HAVE WALKED WITH ME EVERY STEP OF THE WAY AND GETTING THIS INTO THE RIGHT PEOPLE'S HANDS.

THEY HELPED ME PUT TOGETHER A GRANT TO SUBMIT TO TRAVIS COUNTY.

UM, THEY CONNECTED ME WITH COMMISSIONER, SHEA AND COMMISSION TO STATE IS WORKING REALLY TIGHT WITH ME.

NOW I'M TRYING TO GET SOME MONEY FROM TRAVIS COUNTY TO DO IT.

LIKE THIS IS A VERY ACTION ORIENTED GROUP AND I'M NOT, I I'M, I'M A SCOUT.

I WAS A SKEPTIC.

AND WELL, JUST TO BE VERY HONEST, THIS IS A VERY ACTION ORIENTATED GROUP.

THEY'RE VERY INTENTIONAL ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE DOING AND THEY DO NOT.

THEY DO NOT SHY AWAY FROM CONTROVERSY.

WE HAVE HAD MANY EMOTIONAL CALLS AND I'VE BROUGHT A FIRE A COUPLE OF TIMES MORE THAN ONCE, AND IT HAS BEEN ACCEPTED AND APPRECIATED AND LISTENED TO AND ACTED UPON THAT.

THAT HAS BEEN A KEY STICKING POINT FOR ME.

I GET EVERYTHING COVERED.

THEY ARE VERY ACTION ORIENTATED.

AND THAT'S WHY I'VE DECIDED TO STAY.

I APPRECIATE YOU SAYING THAT TODAY BECAUSE IT MEANS A LOT TO ME.

UM, AND ALSO BEING SKEPTICAL, HAVING LIVED THROUGH SO MANY CONVERSATIONS, SO MANY, SO MANY, UH, GOALS,

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UM, SO MANY GOOD INTENTIONS, BUT I CAN'T, BUT HAVING SOME OF THEM COME TO FRUITION, DEREK HAS REALLY, UH, IT'S ENCOURAGING, IT'S ENCOURAGING AND IT GIVES ME OPTIMISM.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND THANK YOU FOR WHAT ALL OF YOU DO, UH, JANICE AND, UM, THE, THE OTHERS AND JERICA.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND EVERYBODY WHO PRESENTED TODAY, I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, I HAVE SOMETHING TO ADD.

UM, THIS IS RUBEN AGAIN.

UM, I JUST WANT TO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR THAT IT'S, IT'S ONE THING FOR ALL OF US TO CASH IN OUR SOCIAL CAPITAL AND LEVERAGE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.

WE'RE SUPER GLAD THAT YOU ALLOWED US TO COME AND SHARE AMONGST YOUR COMMUNITY AND WHAT THIS COMMISSION IS.

UM, IT'S REALLY ABOUT ALL OF US CASH IN OUR SOCIAL CAPITAL AND OUR CONNECTIONS TO DRIVE THINGS FORWARD BECAUSE PEOPLE OF COLOR IN THIS COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN DOING AS MUCH AS WE CAN FOR THE LONGEST AMOUNT OF TIME AND LITERALLY SPINNING OUR WHEELS.

AND I'M, I'M MAKING A CALL INTENSE INTENTIONALLY AND DIRECTLY AS AN INVITATION TO ALL OF US WHO HAVE THE ABILITY TO LEVERAGE CAPITAL IN ALL OF ITS FORMS, INCLUDING SOCIAL CAPITAL, TO OPEN UP DOORS AND REALLY ADVOCATE, NOT JUST FOR THE CAUSES THAT CRC COLLECT, BUT FOR US AS A COLLECTIVE COMMUNITY AS AUSTIN TO DO THAT FORWARD.

AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT THE SPIRIT OF WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO BUILD HERE AND HOW WE DRIVE EQUITY AT THE CENTER.

AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, EQUITY IS ABOUT OWNERSHIP.

LET'S MAKE NO QUALMS BODY IT'S DEFINED IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT WAYS.

UM, AND TO ME, IT'S ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES AT THE HEART OF IT FOR BEING THE MOST EFFECTIVE ARE ABLE TO HAVE THAT VOICE.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE STANDING HERE FOR.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

AND I WOULD SAY AS A, AS A WHITE WOMAN IN PARTICULAR, IN A LEADERSHIP ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY, IT IS MY I'M GOING TO USE THE WORD INTENTIONALLY.

IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO USE WHATEVER LEVERAGE, WHATEVER PRIVILEGE I HAVE AS A WHITE WOMAN IN SERVICE OF THESE CAUSES LED BY.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, NOT PUTTING A BURDEN OF WORK ON OUR LEADERS OF COLOR IN THIS COMMUNITY.

AND, UM, I WILL SAY TO YOU IN THE WOW BEING AUTHENTIC ABOUT THAT AND DEALING WITH IT AUTHENTICALLY IS BEEN THE, ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE.

UM, I THINK IT WAS CARMEN WHO SAID TO ME, AT ONE POINT, SHE SAID, MMM, SOMETHING COULD BE A FACTOR.

INSTITUTIONAL RACISM, DEHUMANIZES ALL OF US.

AND THIS WAS A HUMANIZING EXPERIENCE.

IT'S JUST INTEGRITY.

IT'S JUST WHAT'S NEEDED.

OKAY.

I CAN ADD DENNIS, DENNIS HAS THIS PERPETUAL PROBLEM OF MINIMIZING THE WORK THAT SHE HAS DONE WITH THIS COMMUNITY.

AND I TELL HER ALL THE TIME YOU NEED TO OWN WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

JANICE IS A PARTICULAR DRIVER OF SAYING TO A GROUP.

WE, AS WHITE PEOPLE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT THEM, BUT OUR PEOPLE OF COLOR MUST BE OUT IN FRONT.

THIS IS THEIR ISSUE, AND WE NEED TO HAVE THEM SEE THEIR SPACE, BUT WE SHOULD BE SUPPORTIVE OF THEM AND WHAT WE CAN DO.

AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT BECAUSE I COMPLAINED ABOUT THAT ALL THE TIME.

THE OTHER ISSUE WAS IT GOT MENTIONED VERY QUICKLY, BUT I WANTED TO POINT THIS OUT WHEN THE, UM, AUSTIN ALL TOGETHER FUND CAME OUT WITH A, WITH A UNITED WAY.

AND, UM, UM, AUSTIN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, WE HAD AN INDIVIDUAL OF COLOR COME ON TO THE GROUP AND TALK ABOUT HOW THE FUNDING HAD COME OUT, VERY INEQUITABLE.

UM, WE IMMEDIATELY WENT TO WORK ON THAT.

UH, RUBEN GOT ON THE PHONE WITH MIKE NELLIS AND TALKED TO HIM ABOUT THIS.

AND WE DID A WHOLE PROJECT AROUND THIS, TALKING WITH THEM, GIVING THEM RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW THEY COULD DO BETTER.

AND THEY TOOK A FAIR AMOUNT OF OUR RECOMMENDATIONS AND SWITCHED THEM AND ADDED THEM TO THEIR SECOND ROUND OF FUNDING.

THAT'S GETTING READY TO COME OUT IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS.

THAT WAS REALLY, REALLY HARD WORK.

AND, AND JANICE AND RUBEN DID A FANTASTIC JOB AND, AND PUT RUBIN, LISTENED TO ME FOR US FOR TWO OR THREE WEEKS AND TAKE IT ON THE CHIN AND KEPT GOING.

AND I APPRECIATE THAT, BUT I'M VERY HAPPY WITH THE PROJECT AND HOW IT CAME OUT.

WE HAD A DISCUSSION WITH THEM YESTERDAY, AND I'M VERY HAPPY WITH, WITH THAT WORK.

I DON'T KNOW.

I DON'T THINK I CAN COUNT ON ONE HAND, ANY WHITE PERSON THAT I'VE MET IN THIS TOWN, EXCEPT EXCEPTIONALLY TOOK THAT PROJECT ON THE WAY JANICE DID AND SAID, WE WILL DO THIS.

WE'RE GOING TO SIT DOWN.

THIS IS A PROBLEM.

THESE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY ARE TELLING US, LET US BELIEVE WHAT THEY ARE SAYING TO US THAT THIS IS A PROBLEM.

AND IT HAS GIVEN ME

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MORE CONFIDENCE NOW TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT INEQUITY IN THE PHILANTHROPY SPACE.

SO I WANT TO REALLY PRESS THAT TO YOU, MISS ALBERTA, THAT THESE FOLKS ARE REALLY BEING INTENTIONAL ABOUT PUTTING US OUT IN THE FRONT AND LETTING OUR VOICES BE HEARD AND AMPLIFYING US TO GET THE ISSUES, GET THOSE ISSUES ADDRESSED AND GET THEM DONE.

AND I WANT TO SAY THOUGH THAT, UM, IT'S STILL DISAPPOINTING THAT IT TAKES, UM, SO MUCH EFFORT TO GET TO THIS POINT.

UM, I CAN REMEMBER JUST TWO YEARS AGO IN THE PHILANTHROPY SPACE, WHEN BLOOMBERG WAS GIVING OUT GRANTS TO THE DIFFERENT ARTS GROUPS HERE IN AUSTIN, NO AFRICAN-AMERICAN GROUP GOT A GRANT AND THOSE GRANTS WERE GIVEN OUT IN PART BY THE CITY'S RECOMMENDATIONS.

SO, UM, I WROTE AN ARTICLE ABOUT IT AND CALLED THEM ON THAT.

UM, BUT THAT FUNDING WAS GONE.

IT, YOU KNOW, NOT, NO NOTHING, UM, NOT, NOT ANY OF THE BLACK ARTS ORGANIZATIONS GOT FUNDING.

SO THAT CONTINUES TO HAPPEN.

AND YEAH, I, I, I SO APPRECIATE YOUR BEING INVOLVED AND JANICE AND HER WORK, BUT THERE'S, YOU KNOW, THESE LIKE, EVEN AROUND THE ISSUE OF POLICING, UM, WE HAVE TO BE ONE OF THE ONLY MAJOR CITIES THAT STILL AFTER EVERYTHING THAT'S HAPPENED, A, A, UH, MICHAEL RAMOS BEING SHOT, NO POLICE, NO NOBODY WAS FIRED, EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE THE VIDEO AND THE POLICE CHIEF STILL IS CHEAP WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CITY MANAGER AND THAT'S HAPPENED IN NO OTHER CITY, THAT'S HAD THIS KIND OF SITUATION HAPPENED.

AND SO THOSE KINDS OF INSULTS CONTINUED.

AND SO, YEAH, IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT MORE THAN, THAN WHAT WE HAVE GOING ON NOW, BUT I'M GRATEFUL FOR EVERY LITTLE BIT.

DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION? YEAH, I'M SOMEWHAT MORE OF A COMMENT THAN A QUESTION.

GO AHEAD.

UH, THANK YOU ALL FOR SHARING.

UM, I MEAN THE, UH, LITERACY, BOSTON ESSENTIAL, AND I'M SEEING QUITE A FEW FRIENDLY AND FAMILIAR NAMES ON 'EM ON THE LARGER COHORT HERE.

UM, SO THANKS FOR SHARING, LIKE Y'ALL WORK SO FAR AND IT, IT SEEMS VERY OBVIOUS THAT USING THE STRENGTH OF THE COALITION SEEMS LIKE THE BROAD APPROACH AND JUST SHOTGUN AND HIT IT'S MUCH DIVERSITY AS POSSIBLE.

IT SEEMS TO BE PAYING OFF, UH, WHAT Y'ALL, UH, I JUST WANT TO KIND OF, UM, LAY ON THE OTHER DIRECTION AND SEE IF YOU HAVE SECOND CERTAIN INITIATIVE FAR ENOUGH WHERE YOU CAN SHARE THE LESSON LINE ON THINGS THAT ARE MORE FOCUSED.

UM, CAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE ARE CHARGED WITH IMPLEMENTING THE CLIMATE GOAL OF 2050, AND ALSO THE COMMUNITY CLIMATE PLAN.

AND TRYING TO UPDATE THAT IN A MEANINGFUL WAY THAT NOT PIGEONHOLE US INTO THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN SET UP IN THE PAST, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THERE ARE CERTAIN THAT'S ALREADY IN PLACE.

SO WITH THAT SPIRIT IN MIND, LIKE, IS THERE, YOU KNOW, GIVEN THAT YOUR COHORT IS WIDE AND YOUR REACH IS BROAD, HAS THERE BEEN ANY LESSON LEARNED ON IMPLEMENTING A SPECIFIC INITIATIVE ALL THE WAY THROUGH THAT LESSON LEARNED COMING OUT FROM THAT? UM, I'D LIKE TO SPEAK TO THAT ON A COUPLE OF COUNTS COUNTS.

FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE WORK THAT THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABLE IS DOING.

UM, I WOULD SAY, YOU KNOW, SO THE EQUITY OFFICE AND THE OFFICE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT ARE SET UP SPECIFICALLY TO ADDRESS ISSUES, UM, RELATED TO EQUITY.

RIGHT.

UM, AND SO, YOU KNOW, BEYOND THOSE TWO OFFICES, I WOULD SAY THE LEADERSHIP AND EQUITY THAT I'VE SEEN FROM THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS TO A YEAR HAS BEEN REALLY IMPRESSIVE.

UM, I AM A PART OF, ONE OF THE SUBCOMMITTEES OF THE, OF THE DESIGN OF THE NEW CLIMATE PLAN.

AND I HAVE BEEN VERY, UM, EXCITED AND IMPRESSED WITH THE APPROACH.

UM, AND I WOULD SAY THAT'S PROMISING BECAUSE THE APPROACH IS EVERYTHING AND INCLUSIVE APPROACH IS EVERYTHING.

UM, WHEN IT COMES TO A DESIGN THAT PEOPLE CAN OWN AND IMPLEMENT.

UM, SO I JUST WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I THERE'S A LOT TO BE SAID ABOUT WHAT YOU GUYS HAVE DONE SPECIFICALLY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE REPRESENTATION ON THOSE GROUPS IS EQUITABLE, THAT IT'S COMPENSATED, THAT PEOPLE WERE TRAINED IN EQUITY.

ALL OF THOSE THINGS HAVE BEEN SO IMPRESSIVE.

UM,

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AS FAR AS IMPLEMENTING ALL THE WAY THROUGH, I WOULD SAY THAT THE, UM, PROBABLY OUR FUNDING, THE, THE CHANGES IN FUNDING IS PROBABLY THE MOST THOROUGH, BUT REMEMBER WE ONLY EXISTED SINCE MARCH 14.

SO I DON'T KNOW THAT WE REALLY CAN SAY ALL THE WAY THROUGH YET.

UM, I WILL ALSO, UM, I WOULD SAY A COUPLE THINGS.

ONE IS HAVING THE END IN MIND IS CRITICAL AND NEVER WAVERING FROM, UNTIL THE OUTCOMES LIKE THE COMMUNITY IMPACTS THAT YOU'RE ACTUALLY OUT TO DELIVER.

SO FOR EXAMPLE, FOR US, IN THE CASE OF, YOU KNOW, I THINK ONE OF THE IMPACTS THAT WE'RE GOING TO GET OUR S OUR TEETH SUNK INTO HERE PRETTY SOON IS THE DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT ON OUR BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITY FROM HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS FROM COVID.

WE WILL EITHER WIN OR FAIL TO DELIVER ON THOSE RESULTS.

AND WE, AND I THINK IT'S CRITICAL THAT THOSE RESULTS, THOSE ACTUAL IMPACTS IS WHAT WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR EYE ON THE ENTIRE TIME, NOT THE EFFORT, NOT THE INTENTION.

THE PROCESS CERTAINLY WILL DICTATE THOSE IMPACTS ACTUALLY BEING DELIVERED.

SO LIKE INCLUDING PEOPLE AT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, AND BEING LED BY OUR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE, UM, IS OUR BEST SHOT IN MY OPINION OF DELIVERING THOSE RESULTS.

BUT WITHOUT OUR EYE ON THOSE RESULTS, WE HAVE NO SHOT.

SO I THINK THAT'S REALLY CRITICAL.

I THINK WE SELL OUT FOR EFFORT FAR TOO MUCH.

AND THE OTHER THING IS, I WOULD SAY HAVING BEING A LITTLE BIT FAMILIAR WITH THE CLIMATE PLAN AT SOME POINT, UM, IT WILL HAVE TO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WILL HAVE TO BE A PART OF DELIVERING THE PLAN BECAUSE THERE'S ONLY SO FAR THAT OUR INSTITUTIONS CAN GO IN DELIVERING ANYTHING OF VALUE.

UM, AND QUITE FRANKLY, SOMETIMES, LIKE WE SAID, IN, IN MATTERS THAT HAVE DESERVED THEY'VE, YOU KNOW, INSTITUTIONS FAIL SIGNIFICANTLY.

SO HAVING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ALL THE WAY THROUGH AND BEYOND, EVEN IN THE IMPLEMENTATION AND HOLDING PEOPLE TO ACCOUNT, FINDING NEW CREATIVE WAYS TO, UM, HAVE THE COMMUNITY INVOLVED IN A RESPONSIVE SYSTEM WILL MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE.

AND IF THERE'S A WAY THAT CRT CAN BE PART OF THAT, I'M ALL FOR IT BECAUSE I'M REALLY FAMILIAR THAT THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, THE POSITIVE CLIMATE CHANGE IS LARGELY A WEALTHY WHITE PEOPLE.

AND THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE BURDEN OF THE IMPACT FALLS ON OUR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR TO THE GREATEST EXTENT.

SO, UM, I FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT THAT BEING LED BY COMMUNITIES OF COLOR WHEN IT COMES TO CLIMATE IS, IS CRITICAL.

SO ANY WAY THAT CRT CAN BE SUPPORTIVE OF THAT, UM, I THINK WE WOULD BE OPEN TO THANK YOU, JANICE.

AND I THINK THAT'S PROBABLY A GOOD SEGUE INTO OUR NEXT AGENDA ITEM CAUSE WE DO HAVE THIS HALF AN HOUR LEFT.

UNFORTUNATELY WE DON'T, WE DON'T, UH, HAVE A LOT OF FLEXIBILITY ON THESE CALLS.

SO I DO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THE UPDATE ON THE CLIMATE PLAN AND, UH, HAVE OPPORTUNITY FOR FOLKS TO WEIGH IN ON THAT, BUT REALLY BIG THANK YOU TO THE TEAM FOR PRESENTING TODAY.

AND, UH, AND, UH, WE HAVE THIS, UH, PRESENTATION WITH THE CONTACT INFORMATION.

SO, UM, FOLKS SHOULD FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT WITH ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

IT WAS GREAT TO BE WITH YOU GUYS.

I THINK WE'LL PROBABLY LEAVE THE CALL.

UM, AND, UH, THE REPORT WE DO MISS ALBERTA, UM, WE ALSO HAVE A WHOLE PROJECT AROUND FOOD AND IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, UM, WE CAN TALK LATER.

YES.

I DEFINITELY AM INTERESTED IN THAT.

UM, SO PLEASE, PLEASE CALL ON ME.

ALRIGHT, THANKS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT.

ALL RIGHT, ZACH,

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YOU HAVE A PRESENTATION FOR US, RIGHT? YES.

ALL RIGHT.

OKAY.

SO TO THE, SO THIS IS NOW, WHAT ARE WE ON? ITEM TWO? WE'RE BACK TO TWO.

OKAY.

UM, I'LL, I'LL TRY AND GO THROUGH THESE VERY QUICKLY.

UM, OKAY.

SO JUST GIVING EVERYBODY AN UPDATE ON WHERE WE ARE WITH, UM, WE ARE AIMING WITHIN THE NEXT, UH, WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK TO HAVE THE FIRST FULL DRAFT OF THE ACTUAL, LIKE FULL WRITTEN UP CLIMATE PLAN.

SO WE ARE SORT OF HEADED INTO THE HOME STRETCH HERE, UM, IN JULY, JULY IS GOING TO BE KIND OF THE REVISION MONTH.

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WE'LL BE REVISING THE TEXT WE'RE ALREADY ON THE SECOND VERSION OF BOTH STRATEGIES.

UM, JULY IS REVISION TIME, AND THEN THE HOPE IS THAT THEN ONCE WE GET TO AUGUST, WE ACTUALLY HAVE LIKE HEARING A FINAL PRODUCT THAT WE CAN, WE WILL RELEASE THE PUBLIC FOR PUBLIC COMMENT, UM, HOPEFULLY IN EARLY AUGUST.

UH, AND THEN COME BACK TO NOT ONLY THIS POINT IN COMMISSION, BUT, UH, MANY, MANY, UH, OTHER BOARDS OF COMMISSIONS LIKE RMC AND ENGLISH.

UM, ANY COMMISSION THAT JOINT SUSTAINABILITY MAY COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH.

YOU WANT US TO COME BACK AND GIVE A PRESENTATION ON THE FINAL PLAN FOR ADOPTION? UM, JUST LET ME KNOW AND WE'LL GET THOSE ALL QUEUED UP.

UM, IT'D PROBABLY BE GOOD NOW TO START THINKING ABOUT, UH, AGENDAS FOR AUGUST.

UM, SO THAT'S COMING AND THEN, AND THEN THE HOPE IS THAT WE FINALIZE EVERYTHING AND WRAP UP AND PRESENTS A COUNCIL BY LATE SEPTEMBER EARLY, UH, EARLY OCTOBER.

SO WE ARE ON THE WAY.

MMM.

MOST OF YOU ALREADY KNOW THIS, THIS IS A SLIDE THAT WE CREATED THE OTHER DAY, JUST TO SORT OF JUST HIGHLIGHT THE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT HAS GONE INTO THIS WHOLE EFFORT.

IF YOU'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS, YOU KNOW, THIS, UM, BUT I JUST THOUGHT THAT THIS WAS, YOU KNOW, NOT ONLY IMPACTFUL IN TERMS OF THE NUMBERS, BUT WE SORT OF MADE THIS CUMULATIVE HOURS AND OUR SORT OF ESTIMATE IS THAT, UM, THAT WE'VE HAD VOLUNTEER HOURS OF OVER 4,000 HOURS FROM COMMUNITY ME