We at APA Los Angeles share the pain, anguish and anger concerning the killing of George Floyd, as well as the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and so many other Black people. We condemn and reject anti-black racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry, and racism, because it inflicts disproportionate violence against members of our communities and the communities we are dedicated to serve.
As planning professionals, we strive to develop and implement equitable outcomes for all communities, especially those that have unequal access to power and resources. Communities of color in Los Angeles County are disproportionately affected by factors that result in instability, poor health, and violence. For generations, these communities have been subjected to redlining, segregation, and institutionalized violence by institutions intended to serve their needs. The foundation for planning that supports and serves disenfranchised communities is a recognition of these historic and contemporary forms of discrimination and violence.
The first values listed in the 2019-2021 Strategic Plan for APA Los Angeles are Diversity & Inclusion. Fostering healthy and equitable communities based on principles that value Diversity & Inclusion requires being actively anti-racist in our personal and professional lives. We look forward to working with our members and allies across Los Angeles County to establish and maintain a holistic approach to Diversity & Inclusion that keeps an anti-racist commitment at its core and is focused on providing equitable planning outcomes for all communities within our region.