“As individuals we need to spend the necessary time to uncover the implicit biases we bring to our professional practice that might cause us to reinforce institutional inequities. If these institutional inequities grant us societal privilege, we need reflect on how we can use our privilege to end these inequities.” -Julie Love Johnston, CA Chapter President
The American Planning Association recently issued a policy statement on Righting the Wrongs of Racial Inequality that seek to emphasize our role as planners and our responsibilities as articulated in our code of Ethics:
"We shall seek social justice by working to expand choice and opportunity for all persons, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration. We shall urge the alteration of policies, institutions, and decisions that oppose such needs."
The Central Section covers a vast 11 county region which includes the greater central and southern San Joaquin Valley – encompassing the most productive agricultural region in the word, the foothill and mountain regions with National Forests, National Monuments, the eastern deserts of Kern County, and the Owens Valley on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. This wide geographic distribution holds a rich diversity of people. It also holds a large disparity of opportunity and outcomes for communities affected by environmental and social inequalities. With a high number of Disadvantaged Unincorporated Communities (DUCs) in each of our counties, the Central Valley faces enormous challenges to ensure that all voices are heard.
-Jennifer Clark, Central Section Chair