Forward Through Ferguson
In the final Ferguson Commission meeting on December 7th, 2015, the Commission affirmed that retaining key resources from the Commission work was crucial to the continuity of community trust and institutional knowledge. The Commission’s motion called for a handful of former Commissioners and key staff to form Forward Through Ferguson, an entity – named after the report, Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity – designed to be a catalyst for the infrastructure needed to make lasting positive change in the St. Louis region as outlined in the report.
Anchored in the collaborative, unflinching, and community-driven principles that guided the Ferguson Commission, Forward Through Ferguson is a catalyst for leading the St. Louis region on a path toward Racial Equity.
Some 2016 milestones for Forward Through Ferguson:
- In just two month’s time, Forward Through Ferguson convened more than 115 people from more than 70 organizations to apply for the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change Competition ($100 million dollars for a winning solution to make the world a better place). To complete one joint application for St. Louis, people engaged in 18 partner and work group meetings across 7 work groups; developed implementation plans, timelines, and budgets for actualizing 8 of the Commission’s signature priority calls to action; and in total, invested more than 500 hours radically collaborating to move the Promise Zone and the region towards Racial Equity. This collaborative application is one of 800 out of the 1,900 received that will move on to scoring by an international panel of judges.
- Collaborated with five other organizations across the region to present “Regional School Assembly – Keeping Our Kids in the Classroom,” where representatives from more than 25 school districts across the region discussed their progress and continued efforts to eliminate out-of-school suspensions for pre-kindergarten through third grade students—a topic aligned with several key calls to action in the Ferguson Commission Report.
- Launched the information graphic series “Seeing Inequity,” which visualizes data to help people grasp the depth of the problems we face, and be moved to act.
- Transitioned leadership of the Forward Through Ferguson board from Commissioners to citizen leadership through an open community process that will continue through 2017. (Read more about that process here.)
- With support from the Missouri Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, launched the #EducationUncompromised policy timeline, engaging St. Louisans’ experiences, stories and ideas about education policy past, present and future.
- Met with, partnered with or presented to over 130 regional organizations, corporations, non profits, initiative or conferences on report alignment, implementation of the calls to action, and/or Racial Equity.
- Developed 10+ reports analyzing the gaps and the alignment between regional plans, decisions and reports to the calls to action in the Ferguson Commission report—including this one in response to the Municipal Court Division Working Group Report to the Supreme Court of Missouri regarding Municipal Court reform.
- Continued to tell the stories of real St. Louisans, their experiences and their work toward positive change.
Are you implementing the report’s calls to action?
One of the key responsibilities of Forward Through Ferguson is tracking implementation efforts across the report’s Signature Priorities. If you, or someone you know of, is involved in implementation efforts, please let us know by filling out this form, bit.ly/FTFSubmitYourAction.
If you want to further discuss an initiative with a FTF staffer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need help aligning with the recommendations?
If you are working on a new policy, initiative or program and want to align with the report recommendations, we can help. Contact us at email@example.com.
If you have general questions or have read the report and want to dig deeper, we’re here at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be on the lookout for new information as we highlight implementation and move Forward Through Ferguson.
Would you like to support the work of Forward Through Ferguson?
You can support Forward Through Ferguson’s efforts here. Forward Through Ferguson continued the fiscal sponsorship relationship that that the United Way of Greater St. Louis provided the Ferguson Commission. Forward Through Ferguson expects to receive its own 501c3 status in 2017.
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