Listen. Engage. Act.

We must listen. We must act.

The tragic and brutal death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis and the resulting protests have put the issues of police brutality and racial injustice at the forefront of the American psyche. Citizens throughout the country are demanding that their governments combat brutality, inequity, and racial intolerance in all their forms.

Local officials must seize this moment. It is our responsibility as community leaders to respond to our residents through systematic change…

…Read the full statement from the Board.

Engage in Resources

The League has compiled the resources on this page in support of our members as we move together towards a better understanding of racial injustice in our communities, and our role in correcting it.

We will be posting our own webinars, updates on relevant legislation, and other content, as well as links to policy guides and toolkits from organizations around the state and country. Additionally, we are collecting policies from our members that address discrimination, police misconduct, or racial inequity—please share your own policies as examples for others to draw on.

You will not find here a single solution or “best practice” recommended for all communities, but a range of strategies to evaluate locally.

League Updates & Webinars

Future Webinars:

Past Webinars:

Creating Equity Through Opportunity: CEO Workforce Development – April 30, 2021
CEO Presentation – City of Detroit Presentation– YouTube – Podcast – Vimeo

Identifying the Barriers to Equity: Understanding the Local Impacts of the Criminal Justice System – August 6, 2020
PowerPoint – YouTube – Podcast – Additional Resources

The Future of Public Safety Webinar Series: Re-imagining Community Engagement – July 30, 2020
PowerPoint – YouTube – Podcast

The Future of Public Safety Webinar Series: Re-imagining How We Invest – June 30, 2020
YouTube – Podcast – PowerPoint

Featured Articles

The League’s goal is to provide a variety of thought provoking articles that will help members to unbox and understand the different perspectives surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion. We encourage everyone to take the time to consider these thoughts and map their own vision for their community.

Trust and Belonging Key for New Minority Owned Businesses

It is estimated that 600,000 businesses open each year in the United States. They vary in size and span, some...

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2021 MML Convention Aims to Spark a Community Revival Through Trust and Belonging

The Michigan Municipal League’s 2021 Convention is taking place in person later this month and this year’s focus is around...

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Saginaw Fitness Court is Community Wealth Building in Action

This video out of the City of Saginaw caught our eye in a few ways. First, this new Fitness Court...

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‘I Am Black History’ Series Highlights Michigan Leaders

The Michigan Municipal League (MML) is very excited about the new story-focused direction of our social media efforts and particularly...

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Leveraging Philanthropic Partnerships to Build Community Wealth

“When we intend to do good, we do. When we intend to do harm, it happens. What each of us...

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Offering a fair chance at employment after incarceration

Michiganders with criminal records often face barriers to securing jobs or other opportunities even long after their sentence is served....

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Report: How Routine Traffic Enforcement Criminalizes Poverty

One takeaway from the League’s Policy Forum series this year was a call to be attentive to how policy can...

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Sample Member Policies