HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL 32
50th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2011
Antonio "Moe" Maestas and Timothy M. Keller
A JOINT MEMORIAL
ENCOURAGING EVERY AGENCY AND ENTITY THAT RECEIVES STATE FUNDING TO ADOPT A POLICY TO ADDRESS INSTITUTIONAL RACISM.
WHEREAS, it is the policy of the state to promote racial and social equity, as reflected in state and federal constitutional provisions, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, New Mexico's Human Rights Act, the international convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination and the United States report of the committee on the elimination of racial discrimination at the United Nations, all of which have made efforts to eliminate racial discrimination and other forms of intolerance; and
WHEREAS, to ameliorate the pervasive effects of racism, one must remedy not only individual acts of racial prejudice, discrimination and bias, whether conscious or unconscious, but also those acts that result in the differential access to the goods, services and opportunities of society due to the existence of institutional programs, policies and practices that intentionally or unintentionally place certain racial and ethnic groups at a disadvantage in relation to other groups, which is institutional racism; and
WHEREAS, as shown by empirical data, institutional racism results in racial and social disparities with respect to health, education, criminal justice, the environment, employment, housing, the economy and other key indicators of well-being in New Mexico; and
WHEREAS, every state-funded agency and entity should review its policies and practices to ensure that it does not contribute to institutional racism; and
WHEREAS, to improve fairness and extend opportunity in state government and in the delivery of state services, every state-funded agency and entity should develop no-cost practices and guidelines, such as: promoting fairness and inclusion in seeking input, assessing applicant pools or making fiscal or other asset allocations, by checking for inequitable effects before making final decisions; providing services in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner; being respectful in the treatment of individuals or groups that traditionally have been burdened by discrimination; and recognizing that the core principles of democracy are given expression by having people with different world views, opinions, experiences, family stories and community histories involved in the work of government; and
WHEREAS, the state of New Mexico affirms its commitment to principles of equity and freedom for all people, regardless of race or ethnicity;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that every state-funded agency and entity be requested to adopt a policy to address institutional racism no later than January 1, 2012; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this memorial be transmitted to the office of the governor.
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