Summary of Reparations Commission Meeting, March 20, 2023

Press release from City of Asheville:

The Community Reparations Commission is empowered to make short, medium, and long-term recommendations that will make significant progress toward repairing the damage caused by public and private systemic racism. The task of the Reparations Commission is to issue a report in a timely manner for consideration by the City, County, and other participating community groups for incorporation into their respective short-term and long-term priorities and plans.

Find the meeting recording on YouTube at this link.

Community Reparations Commission Meeting – February 20, 2023
I. Call to Order, Welcome and Chair Remarks
Quorum was met.
II. Roll Call
Roll was called.
III. Action Item: Approval of Agenda and minutes
Agenda was approved.
IV. Review: Feb 20th Meeting Survey Data
Minutes were approved.
V. IFA Updates (15 minutes each)

A. Education

IFA members discussed work is continuing around potential recommendations in the following areas:

-Teacher recruitment and retention (compensation, policy review, funding support for Black educators)
-Community based education programs (tutoring, mentoring programs)
-School suspensions and expulsion (community review board, day treatment programs,
-professional development, advocacy and know your rights campaign)

B. Health and Wellness

IFA members discussed work is continuing around potential recommendations in the following areas:

-Provision of access to free healthcare
-Eliminate bias and implement accountability of staff and providers
-Stop harms and decreasing barriers
-African-American healing and healthy spaces
-African-American representation in decision-making
-Utilizing City and County leverage
-Compensation with Resources
-Funding, Training and Education

VI. Follow Up Discussion (15 minutes)

Discussion starts at the 46:36 minute mark.

VII. Old Business

A. Immediate Recommendation – Audit Scope Working Group (Update Given at the 61:00 minute mark)

Update (10 minutes)

VIII. New Business (Presentation starts at the 84:00 minute mark)

A. Presentation: Measuring the Impact of Urban Renewal

Promoting Archival Engagement through Computational Interventions

Twilight of a Neighborhood NC Humanities Council (The engagement report was given at the 121:00 minute mark)

B. Community Engagement Report-out (Bypassed for this meeting due to time)

C. Roundtable Check-in with Commission Members

IV. Public Comment (118:00 minute mark)

X. Wrap-up (Meeting adjourned at the 127:00 minute mark)

NEXT MEETING: The next meeting of the Community Reparations Commission is scheduled for April 17, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. at Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Banquet Room:  87 Haywood Street,  Asheville, NC 28801

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One thought on “Summary of Reparations Commission Meeting, March 20, 2023

  1. Brenda Mills

    Thanks for sharing information. The next meeting of the Community Reparations Commission is April 24 due to an event conflict at Harrah’s Cherokee Center.


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