15 June 2021
Across the city and country, the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked weeks of protests and social activism against police brutality and systemic racism. Racism in Philadelphia and America has far-reaching effects on the health outcomes, economic opportunities, social implications, and overall life chances for Black and Brown communities. For generations, racial inequalities have contributed to structural violence and pervasive poverty in the city. Acknowledging the suffering, pain, and outrage of these communities, Mayor Jim Kenney pledged to make real changes, launching the City of Philadelphia’s Pathways to Reform, Transformation, and Reconciliation on June 4, 2020 at the height of the demonstrations and during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past year the City has worked together with varied institutions, departments, and community leaders and organizations to enact a meaningful reform agenda; reimagine public safety; and advance racial justice.