The Plainfield Park District Board of Commissioners approved a resolution affirming its commitment to "promoting diversity and inclusion" following the public outcry against systemic racism due to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of law enforcement.
Park district board commissioner Syed Abedi urged the board to pass the resolution, citing the need to address "entrenched, systemic inequality facing people of color throughout the communities that make up the district," according to a news release.
Abedi said in the release he hopes after passing the resolution, that the board will take a proactive approach in the future to address injustice, racism, and oppression for its residents.
“The mission of the park district is to enhance the lives of our residents through quality recreation opportunities,” Abedi said in the release. “As an agency, we have to make sure that those opportunities are available to everyone."
Plainfield Park District Executive Director Carlo Capalbo said in the release the district is creating a diversity and inclusion task force for internal staff that will eventually include a platform for public input.
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