Turning Crisis into Pathways to Equity & Resiliency

America’s local officials are providing exceptional leadership amidst the unprecedented triple crises: A global pandemic that highlights chronic injustices in our country, economic devastation to business owners and workers, and an urgent pervasive call to end systemic and structural racism. Long-standing inequities in healthcare, finances, education, housing, public safety, nutrition and other human needs are revealed in those who are hit the hardest by COVID-19.

Local officials are seizing the moment to change power structures, policies and systems that have blocked opportunities for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and marginalized communities over generations.

The National League of Cities, through its Cities of Opportunity Action Cohort, is working to help local leaders address holistic, interconnected factors that affect life expectancy and help build resilient futures for all residents. Cities in the 2021 Action Cohort include: Fremont, Calif.; Houston, Texas; Kansas City, Mo.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Missoula, Mont.; Plainfield, N.J.; and South Fulton, Ga.

The Cities of Opportunity Action Cohort runs from January 2021 through December 2021 and is generously supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Learn more about the Action Cohort by reaching out to Kitty Hsu Dana at dana@nlc.org.