This strategic plan is a roadmap for Marin County, Health and Human Services (HHS). It demands bold action, radical inclusion, and accountability. Historically, HHS has functioned effectively as the executor and funder of services – often within the confines of mandated services as delivered through our public health, behavioral health, and social services divisions. Herein, we are challenging ourselves to do better across a wide spectrum of areas that influence health and wellness, from focusing on direct customer service to climate change. Our goals are specific, measurable, and realistic. Mandated services will continue, but with a renewed emphasis on quality and outcomes that will help build greater equity in our communities. Download the full document here.

Native Prayer

Oh Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world — hear me — I come before you, one of your children. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my People, the lesson you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers and sisters, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself. Make me ever ready to come to you, with clean hands and straight eyes, so when life fades as a fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.


NEW! The SURJ Marin Racial Equity Assessment Project 2018 is ready! Read the project results and download the complete document here!

View resources and criminal justice issues raised in the Race Matters Spring Workshop Series, with ideas for education and action!


  The Movement for Black Lives Platform: Platform for political and policy demands.


  Race Counts: a comprehensive tracking tool of racial disparities across California in seven key issue areas. Download the “Race Counts” report.

  CAN WE HAVE A REAL CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE? Resources from an event at the San Francisco Theological Seminary


  Healthy City website: Data to Understand Health and Equity in California


  26 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism & Resistance  This list was curated by The Conscious Kid Library and American Indians in Children’s Literature, in partnership with Raising Race Conscious Children.


Marin IJ: Marin Voice: Racial scapegoating instead of facing a larger truth

Marin IJ: Marin Voice: Confronting Marin’s problems with racism

Marin IJ Readers’ Forum for July 24, 2017: Making our community stronger and safer for all



Scene On Radio: Seeing White — A 14-part documentary series exploring whiteness in America—where it came from, what it means, and how it works.

Teaching Tolerance: Teaching Hard History — A Framework for Teaching American Slavery

Reveal: The red line: Racial disparities in lending

Ways & Means: Who is White?

Uncivil: A new history podcast from Gimlet Media, where we go back to the time our divisions turned into a war, and bring you stories left out of the official history.


11-Step Guide to Understanding Race, Racism, and White Privilege” by Jon Greenberg,

“America Divided: A House Divided” Follow Norman Lear as he explores the housing divide and affordability crisis in New York City.

More organizations

Students for Social Justice at College of Marin: We are a group of thoughtful and committed COM students and faculty dedicated to the proactive betterment of society on a local, national and global level.

The Spahr Center Our mission is to serve, support and empower Marin’s LBGTQ community and everyone in our county living with and affected by HIV.

  Find out more about SURJ Bay Area

Showing Up for Racial Justice  Find out more about SURJ National