embRACE L.A. is an initiative aimed at unifying Angelenos and empowering communities through a citywide conversation about race and racism challenging and changing inequities. Launched by Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell the initiative seeks to foster understanding, healing and growth throughout L.A.
embRACE L.A.’s multidimensional approach focuses on changing narratives, building relationships and advancing public policy solutions. Through a wide-variety of programs and strategies, the initiative is an unprecedented partnership between government, organizations and residents.
The beliefs we hold about race and racism have the power to both unite and fracture us. embRACE LA aims to improve race relations, build stronger communities and develop transformative social, political and economic policies for Los Angeles. Our city must have the courage to take on these challenges today, so that future generations of Angelenos will have brighter lives tomorrow.
In Los Angeles, we speak more than 200 languages and come from more than 100 different countries. Diversity is our city’s greatest strength, yet to ignore divisions would be a disservice to all Angelenos. This diversity of people and unique experiences provides a fitting landscape to engage in such critical conversations. There is truly no better city to take on the challenge of an open, honest and encompassing conversation about race.
"I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together, unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction — toward a better future for our children and our grandchildren."
- Barack Obama, March 18, 2008