North St. Louis County, Missouri

Equity in City/County Reform: Political Representation and Criminal Justice

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Equity in City/County Reform: Political Representation and Criminal Justice

July 11, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Date(s) – July 11, 2019
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112

While the Better Together plan has been withdrawn, the need for regional dialogue around the city/county issue remains. With a wide open field, the possibilities range from incremental (expanding collaboration efforts) to radical (unifying governance), and anything in between.

One thing we know is that any successful plan must encompass an open and direct community discussion on issues of racial equity. FOCUS St. Louis seeks to advance this conversation with an initial discussion on equity issues in the areas of political representation and in criminal justice.

The evening will begin with a briefing on the St. Louis City Equity Indicators Baseline Report by its author Cristina Garmendia, and the county version of that Equity Indicators Report, which is currently being assembled by Wray Clay, VP of Diversity & Inclusion at United Way. This will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A moderated through Twitter.


  • Wesley Bell, Prosecuting Attorney, St. Louis County
  • Andrea Benjamin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Wray Clay, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, United Way of Greater St. Louis
  • Hazel Erby, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, St. Louis County
  • Cristina Garmendia, Author, City Equity Indicators Baseline Report, & Associate Director of Community Engagement and Applied Learning for the Race and Opportunity Lab, Brown School at Washington University
  • Captain Perri Johnson, Commander – Sixth District, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

This event is free to attend, but space is limited and advance registration is required.



July 11, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


North County Incorporated

350B Village Square Drive
Hazelwood, Missouri 63042
phone: (314) 895-6241


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