The All-America City of Hayward, CA, has reaffirmed its commitment to inclusiveness and equity, adopting a “Commitment for an Inclusive, Equitable and Compassionate Community Action Plan.” The plan is an update of the 1992 Hayward Anti-Discrimination Action Plan, and was adopted following months of work by a Community Task Force.
According to Hayward’s website, “recent increased tension nationwide has created concerns locally for residents, elected officials and others about human rights, civil rights, and the safety of community members who face increased discrimination based on their political affiliation, economic status, place of origin, immigration status, religion, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and other personal characteristics.”
On January 17, 2017, City officials established a limited term Community Task Force to address these concerns. The task force is comprised of community members who represent our diverse Hayward community. The Community Task Force members assisted staff in reviewing, evaluating, and updating the 1992 Hayward Anti-Discrimination Action Plan (ADAP) and will played a key leadership role in facilitating community conversations to gather insights and experiences from our community about human relations issues.
The resulting action plan contains 20 pages of specific actions to be undertaken in support of the city’s “commitment to strategies and practices that: celebrate diversity; foster a sense of community and belonging; and increase trust, understanding, connectedness and respect among people from different backgrounds.”
Hayward won the All-America City designation in 2016. In addition to the updated nondiscrimination plan, the city also declared itself a Sanctuary City in June 2017.
For more information on Hayward’s new action plan, click here.