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Equity for Essex

Posted on: February 26, 2021

Update - February 2021

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  1. The Safety, Policing and Racial Justice collaborative planning team (almost thirty youth and adults, including community members, police officers, and school and municipal officials who expressed interest in being involved) was convened for a half day Retreat on 2/20/21.  The Retreat of what we are now calling the Safety, Policing and Racial Justice Task Force was facilitated by Creative Discourse.  There will be 4 additional meetings of the Task Force between now and the end of June 2021.  The Task Force is working to identify priorities, create a list of recommendations and an action plan.  
  2. Evan Teich, Unified Manager, has formed a new leadership team called the Committee on Equity in Essex (CEE). It includes both formal and informal leaders that will be chaired by new Assistant Manager, Marguerite Ladd, who started her position in February. The committee will meet weekly and is in its formative stages but is ultimately where planning for and operationalizing the Town’s commitment to racial equity will occur.  Its planning will be informed by the Safety, Policing and Racial Justice Task Force.  Current membership includes Evan Teich (Unified Manager), Marguerite Ladd (Assistant Manager), Greg Duggan (Assistant Manager), Ron Hoague (Chief of Police in Essex), Owiso Makuku (Interim Community Development Director), Jill Evans (Director of the Essex Community Justice Center) and Erin Maguire (Director of Equity & Inclusion, Essex Westford School District).
  3. Chief of Police, Ron Hoague, has begun a monthly virtual “Coffee with the Chief” event to engage with the community so they can learn more about the Essex Police Department, ask questions and share community Issues.  The first Coffee Chat was held this morning and attended by close to 30 community members.  The next will be on 3/26/21 from 9-10:30am.  These Chats will be recorded and posted on the website.  People who cannot attend can submit questions in advance and then watch the video.  A flyer will be distributed soon.

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