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Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative announced for Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The city of Madison is working to promote equity through its employment practices and policy initiatives.

Mayor Paul Soglin released details of the city's the Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative on Tuesday. He said the report confirms three areas the city needs improvement on.

"One, is the area of academics, we have an achievement gap, in the area of justice, we have an incarceration gap, and in the area of economics, we have a poverty gap," Soglin said.

The initiative focuses on eliminating racial and social inequities in municipal government by implementing strategies in three main areas. Those areas are equity in city policies and budgets, equity in city operations, and equity in the community.

Soglin said it's time to embrace solutions.

"We have already identified a number of areas where we as a city, as a community, and the private sector, can embrace some very significant changes, which is going to lead to closing these gaps and making a serious difference in the lives of Madison residents in coming years,"  Soglin said.

To view the full report, click here.

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