PODCAST: A year ago, Long Beach vowed racial justice reforms. What’s happened since?

This week on The Word on Long Beach we explore funds that the Long Beach Black community should know about, and, we’ll tell you how to get a custom skateboard.

:50 –  “Framework for Racial Reconciliation.” If that’s a phrase you’ve heard before you are way ahead of a lot of people.  But now here is a bigger question, what does that mean? Following the murder of George Floyd on On May 25, 2020, Long Beach and other cities vowed to implement racial justice reforms. In August 2020, the city approved a reconciliation plan, which included promises to invest more in community groups and less in police, and make changes to the way the city recruits, retains and hires employees. Today we’re joined by April Parker of the Black Health Equity Collaborative, which has also been asking the same question as us: What has been done in the past year to implement this plan?

17:15 – The pandemic impacted us all in different ways however, it also sparked a sense of creativity in some people.  Victor Norwid is one of those people. While attending Cal State Long Beach he majored in geography.  After graduation, he was working in geography water resources and finding ways to keep water clean.  Once the pandemic hit, he had more time to nurture his creative side and eventually opened Parkland Skateboards.  He is a one-man band who builds all the skateboards by hand.  Click here to purchase a skateboard or request a custom board.

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Jackie Rae is a multimedia reporter for the Long Beach Post who joined in May 2021.