The Racial Equity and Economic Mobility (REEM) Commission was formed in the summer of 2020 to convene around matters of racial inequities, social justice, and disparities in key areas that negatively impact the Black community in Greenville County.
Co-chaired by Merl Code and David Lominack, the commission is comprised of community leaders from diverse backgrounds and industries who share a commitment to creating change in Greenville County. By coming together to listen, analyze, understand and learn, we believe we can start to heal and move forward in more equitable ways for everyone in our community.
Since our initial meeting in August, the commission has been focused on educating ourselves, having hard conversations and building consensus on the way forward.
We know solving systemic racism and addressing the accompanying economic mobility gaps – a problem more than 400 years in the making – won’t be achieved in four meetings, four months, or even four years. Yet, the size of the challenge will not lead to paralysis and inaction. We are dedicated to laying the groundwork for real, lasting change in our community. And after just three months, we believe we are on the path to progress.
Racial Equity and Economic Mobility Commission identifies matters of racial inequities, social justice and disparities in education, health and income regarding the Black community. By convening influential stakeholders within Greenville County, we unify around current community indicators and move aggressively toward influencing solutions to ensure that all area residents have unobstructed opportunities for safety, justice and success.
INCOME AND WEALTH
Identify primary access points to income, access to capital resources, and the crippling financial practices that Black communities experience. Develop a systems-level collaboration in partnership with Black communities to widen access points to jobs, transportation, wealth/investment services, and home ownership.
Pinpoint strongest indicators of inequity in the local justice system and determine short-/long-term goals for systemic change (legislation, institutional policy, racial bias training, etc.). Identify best practices and methods of ongoing engagement with community-level leadership partners (neighborhood associations, faith communities, small businesses, etc.) to determine the needs of police service for Black communities in Greenville.
Identify policies, practices, and cultural competencies that serve to increase educational achievement and college-readiness for Black students. Build connections with corporations and workforce development organizations to develop curriculum and learning experiences that align with the demands of the 21st century workforce.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Utilizing local data, identify primary health inequities in Black communities and the systemic changes needed to lower or remove barriers (cost, transportation, distrust, etc.) to high-quality medical care. Increase culturally-competent community wellness education regarding access to health living options and disease prevention methods for all ages and income levels.
Utilize local organizations and educational institutions to develop place-based learning experiences and training to address Greenville’s history of racism, present-day implications, and an integrated action plan. Develop an accompanying institutional credentialing and recertification process for participating organizations.