A new equity and inclusion policy is now being considered by the Prince William County Government, which mandates the creation of equity teams at every local government office.
Those teams would be made up of existing county employees who would ensure all employees adhere to the policy. Those teams would consist of current government employees, possibly department chiefs and division heads.
The policy states the county government”assesses its policies, programs, and practices through performance measures and an equity lens of intersectionality,” which asks individuals to consider someone’s past experiences when judging them for actions taken in the present day.
The policy also calls for employees to sit through cultural competency training which aims to get workers to “understand the dimensions of our cultural self, the sphere of influence, diversity of perspectives, equity tools, normalizing terms, and definitions…”
It also calls for the use of an inclusive index, a tool the county states measures the effect of a person’s actions and how much it marginalizes another employee or group of employees.
Overall, the policy calls for social justice in all facets of government, from the courthouse, public housing to building a transportation network that leads to “a healthier community.”
Stemming from the height of the pandemic, Board of County Supervisors At-large Chair Ann Wheeler directed County Executive Chrsitoper Martino on June 2, 2020, to create such a policy. Two weeks later, Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye set her ball in motion to create the policy in a resolution that states “inclusion requires not only equal treatment bu equitable tools in policies and practices that assess how we deliver our services, who benefits from them, and how participates in their planning.”
The public has until Friday, July 23, to comment on the proposed policy.
Meanwhile, the county’s Racial and Social Justice Commission, which meets monthly, was established last fall to review the hiring practices of the county’s police department. As of late, the commission has been mired in policy disagreements on how best to achieve its goal and an investigation into a claim made by the husband of Prince William County Potomac District Supervisor Andrea Bailey that a police officer used the N-word when referring to him.
Rev. Cozy Bailey, the head of their county’s NAACP chapter, claimed an officer used the word when referring to him “several years ago.” Mac Haddow, who represents the Coles District on the commission, motioned for a full investigation into the claim.
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The shooting that occurred earlier today [May 26, 2023, at 2:24 PM, in the 14700 block of Birchdale Avenue in Dale City] is now being investigated as a double homicide.
Stafford County Sheriff’s Office: “Shasta Place, 5/25, 8:32 p.m. Deputies J.J. Suh and D.L. Brookman, Jr. responded to a disturbance in the apartment complex. Once parties were separated and the…
Miss Virginia Volunteer 2023, Kate Clatterbuck, will be making a special appearance in Manassas on Sunday, May 28, 2023.
From Sunday, May 14 through Tuesday, May 16, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) will be on the National Mall to host the Celebration of Construction on the National Mall from 9:00am – 5:00pm with construction equipment and technology on display for the public to experience.
The event will span the National Mall from 9th to 14th Streets NW. This free public event is a unique opportunity for families with young children and anyone who wants to see the equipment building the world’s infrastructure. From excavators to bulldozers to paving equipment – it’ll be a fun event for everyone!
Visit the link here to learn more details about the event.
Every Sunday from May until November, the Dale City Farmer’s Market offered to donate their leftover fresh produce to the North Virginia Food Rescue to help those struggling with hunger.
The Dale City Farmers Market has been serving its local community since 1987. It is one of the largest open-air markets in the area. Their first donation last May was over 3,300 lbs of produce. That single donation provided 2,825 meals to food insecure communities.
Since that time, they have completed 28 food donations totaling nearly 127,000 lbs taken to the food bank by Paxton Van Lines. This provided more than 105,800 fresh meals to those in need.
19th Annual Devaney-O’Hop Charity Golf Tournament
Fundraiser to honor two of our past presidents and raise funds for the charities we support.
Thoroughfare Family Day
THOROUGHFARE COALITION FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION
Oakrum Baptist Church
16419 Thoroughfare Road, Broad Run, VA 20137