The Unity and Diversity Committee members were shocked and saddened by the events in Minneapolis and the ensuing violence across our Nation and proposed a meeting with Longview Police Department’s Chief Bishop. The committee wants to continue being part of meaningful change in Longview and wanted to know how they could work with Police to respond to the current events and have fruitful discussions to develop actions that can bring about meaningful change in Longview. Check out the meeting from 6-10-2020 below.
Monthly meetings are held at Noon, the first Monday of each month at the Longview Public Library, 222 W. Cotton St. unless otherwise noted.
Partners in Prevention created the Race Relations Committee in 1995 as a way to address racial prejudices, to create a platform for open and honest dialogue; and to develop racial harmony in the community. Since that time, community citizens have been on a journey of growth and change to create fair treatment for all members of society.
In 2012, the Race Relations Committee created a strategic plan and thus emerged with a new name, "Unity and Diversity Committee", along with a new mission statement. The mission statement reads: "Unity and Diversity Committee seeks to overcome barriers to the full inclusion of all community members by: Protecting Human Rights, Challenging Discrimination and Celebrating Diversity."
The Committee annually hosts the Unity Honors Luncheon and in 2014 began providing the "Diversity in America Stage" at the City of Longview Firework and Freedom Celebration. They also periodically host the World Cafe to provide community members a platform to discuss sensitive topics in an open, honest, and safe environment.