The Closing the Gaps (CTG) Network is a ten-year initiative that brings together leaders from cities across the country who are committed to imagining what an anti-racist society might look like, and to playing an important role in building it through the transformation of government policies, practices and operations.

The CTG Network is a year-round community that leverages proven practices from our decades of public sector work. Participants have access to cross-city learning opportunities as well as technical assistance providers, facilitators, resources and other networks. All share a vision and measures to track progress, have accountability partnerships, and more.

Meet the Year of Reckoning cities

Within the network, six cities--Albuquerque, NM; Austin, TX; Memphis, TN; Minneapolis, MN; Rochester, NY; and St. Paul, MN--have been selected for deeper engagement through a Year of Reckoning cohort. The Year of Reckoning is about local government leaders coming together with other leaders in their cities, acknowledging that—when it comes to racism and inequity—the past is present. We view the Year of Reckoning as the foundational racial equity training and competency-building component of a multi-faceted approach to our work with cities.

Through the Year of Reckoning, our team and our partners, including the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, Government Alliance on Race and Equity, and Third Space Action Lab, will support and learn from the six cities that are ready and willing to work to understand their history related to structural racism and the income and wealth gaps, with particular attention paid to how that history relates to the current crisis. They will develop an analysis and vision for racially just decision and policy-making. They will reflect on power and accountability and deepen their relationships to the communities they serve. And, they will practice racial equity skills, competencies and tools together.

Reckoning With Race

Living Cities has partnered with Gumbo Media to curate nuanced, dynamic storytelling about the history and impacts of race in six U.S. cities.
Engage With Stories

Our anti-racist values

We honor the labor that got us here.
When talking about institutional capacity, we interrogate what REI work really takes and the fact that Black women in particular often face an undue burden in holding the work.

We value working with an abundance mindset and an openness to possibilities.
We recognize that communities at the margins have always had to discover resources where “there aren’t any” and craft possibilities for thriving without institutional support. We strive for accountability to these communities in the cities where we work and commit to fostering creative, visionary spaces rooted in a pro-Black vision for the future.

Racial equity is a process and an outcome.
We seek to move beyond the binary thinking that suggests there is an “end” or that some cities are “on top” or “more successful” when it comes to racial equity.

When we say community, we name what we mean.
We understand the different relationships communities may have with the city governments we work with. We acknowledge that many people working in city government are part of the community.

We know that racial equity work is a day-today practice of shifting our behaviors and power.
We are committed to:

  • Anti-racist principles as outlined by the People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond
  • Antidotes to white supremacy culture as outlined by Tema Okun
  • Accountability at all levels
  • Working together in new, transformational ways
  • Continuous learning and improvement