2019 Events

Equity in City/County Reform: Political Representation and Criminal Justice

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112


While the Better Together plan has been withdrawn, the need for regional dialogue around the city/county issue remains. With a wide open field, the possibilities range from incremental (expanding collaboration efforts) to radical (unifying governance), and anything in between.

One thing we know is that any successful plan must encompass an open and direct community discussion on issues of racial equity. FOCUS St. Louis seeks to advance this conversation with an initial discussion on equity issues in the areas of political representation and in criminal justice.

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Wesley Bell, Prosecuting Attorney, St. Louis County

Andrea Benjamin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri-Columbia

Wray Clay, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, United Way of Greater St. Louis

Hazel Erby, Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, St. Louis County

Captain Perri Johnson, Commander – Sixth District, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Cristina Garmendia, MPP, Associate Director of Community Engagement and Applied Learning in the Race and Opportunity Lab

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