PEORIA (WEEK) – Peoria Mayor Rita Ali sat at the head of the horseshoe Tuesday as the council voted unanimously to approve twenty members to a newly formed Joint Commission for Racial Justice.
The commission is made up of residents and leaders throughout the community along with 8 separate committees. The goals for the commission are as follows:
To establish racially inclusive leadership
Promotion of focused discussions on racial equity
Creation of a racial justice and equity strategic plan
Formation of focused work groups that advance pro-equity policies, procedures, and systems in various areas where racial inequities exist (including, but not limited to, the justice system, housing,economic development and jobs, child and youth development, health and human services,information technology, mobility and transportation, environment and climate)
Delivery of annual and periodic progress reports.
Newly appointed, and one of the youngest members of the Commission, Rasheeda Na’Allah is a Dunlap High School Student. She jumped at the opportunity to apply, saying she wanted to make an impact on her community.
“Being a victim of a lot of disparities in the Peoria area, and the Dunlap area. Especially being you know a Muslim, and black, and a woman, so it’s definitely something that’s really close to my heart,” she explained.
Na’allah said another factor that pushed her to apply for the commission was the rate of segregation in Peoria. A 24/7 wall street study last year named Peoria one of the top five worst cities in America for black people.
The commission appointees must now be confirmed by the Peoria County Board.
The members of the commission and committees are below.
Raeann Garza Whitby
M. Catherine Godhigh
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOBS SUB-COMMITTEE:
Patricia K Ellis
CHILD AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SUB-COMMITTEE:
Dearl E. “Skip” Morris
QUALITY HOUSING SUB-COMMITTEE:
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SUB-COMMITTEE:
TRANSPORTATION AND MOBILITY SUB-COMMITTEE:
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SUB-COMMITTEE:
ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE SUB-COMMITTEE:
Dawn Harris Jeffries, Phd
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