The City of Vancouver is conducting a town hall on anti-Black racism next week where city representatives will listen to community concerns.
The virtual meeting is happening September 24 from 6 to 8 pm. Those who want to speak can register by emailing [email protected], and everyone who wants to listen can tune into the YouTube livestream.
“We recognize that for too long anti-Black racism, and the systems that allow and support it, including our own, have gone unacknowledged and unaddressed in Vancouver,” City Manager Sadhu Johnston said in a news release.
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“We see this town hall as a key step in working collaboratively with the communities who have invested so much time and labour into this work and putting these requests into action with dedicated resources and funding.”
The meeting will be facilitated by community activist Vanessa Richards, with Johnston and general manager of arts, culture and community services Sandra Singh also in attendance.
The City will go over key recommendations from the Black community it’s already received, provide an update on what action has been taken, and listen to further suggestions and concerns.