City Action & Initiatives
Take the 21-day Racial Justice and Social Equity Challenge
The City of Worthington Community Relations Commission is partnering with Worthington Libraries to host a 21-day Racial Justice and Social Equity Challenge for the Worthington community. Through each step of this challenge, you can build more effective social justice habits and learn more about issues related to voting, education, criminal justice reform and public health. Weekly Listening Circles will connect participants and identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. To participate in the weekly online discussions, registration is required. The challenge and first discussion begin on Thursday, October 22, 2020.
The Making of Metropolitan Inequality
Internal City Staff Initiatives
The City of Worthington is actively working on a number of internal initiatives with City staff:
- Racial equity and implicit bias training was conducted with City Council members, department directors, and key City staff
- An internal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team of City staff has been created
- A variety of police policy issues are being explored and evaluated
- Staff support and coordination is being provided for Community Relations Commission initiatives
- The CIty is actively working to identify additional community-wide efforts that can be pursued, particularly in conjunction with community partners.
Council Resolution promoting Racial Equity
Worthington City Council passed a Resolution at its June 15, 2020 meeting Recognizing the Impacts of Racism, Condemning Racism in All Forms, and Committing to Promote Racial Equity. See the Resolution here.
Worthy Point of View
Worthington Police Chief Robert Ware shares his thoughts in a special This Week News column
Worthy Point of View: Worthington Police Value Listening, Learning, Accountability
A message from the Police Chief and City Manager
Worthington Police Chief Robert Ware and City Manager Matt Greeson share a message with the community about the City’s response to recent events. Read it here.
Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis
Columbus Public Health has declared racism a public health crisis in its service area of Columbus and Worthington. On Monday, June 1, 2020 the Columbus Board of Health authorized a Resolution to declare racism as a public health crisis in the City of Columbus and Worthington, which affirms the commitment of the Board of Health and Columbus Public Health to advocate for policies that achieve meaningful results to address the effects of interpersonal, institutional and structural racism. Columbus Public Health is Worthington’s contracted health agency for all public health-related issues, programs and initiatives.
City Council approved a Non-Discrimination Ordinance in May 2019, which clarifies that persons may not be treated differently in Worthington because of a protected characteristic. The Community Relations Commission recommended the ordinance to promote tolerance, respect and inclusion in the Worthington Community.
Community Relations Commission
The Community Relations Commission (CRC) works to promote an atmosphere of mutual understanding and cooperation among all members of the Worthington community. The Commission acts in an advisory capacity to Worthington City Council on community issues related to fair and equal treatment for all persons. The CRC annually sponsors the Good Neighbor Award, the Neighborhood Grant Program, and the Martin Luther King Community Celebration and many other programs of community interest. Community members are encouraged to get involved by volunteering with the CRC on one of its working groups focusing on Age-Friendly, Youth, and Racial Justice initiatives.
African Americans have been a part of Worthington since its earliest days. The story of the Black experience in Worthington from the early 1800s to today is complex and varied. While in some aspects, Worthington was unique and progressive in is social activism and integration, it is also true that discrimination and inequality have been present from the first years. This tour, developed by our partners with the Worthington Historical Society, will visit locations with ties to Black history and offer histories that will provide a glimpse into the African American story over the past two centuries.
In Recognition of Juneteenth - June 19, 2020
On Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States, we recognize that 155 years later their ancestors and other people of color are still faced with unequal opportunity and racial discrimination. The Worthington community is committed to condemning racism, working to promote racial equity, and participating in the community dialogue to bring equal treatment and opportunity to all people.
As we stand together with our community in the ongoing fight for racial equity, we are proud to share some stories from Worthington’s history about some of our earliest residents and the community’s fight for the rights of free and enslaved Black people.