There are no meetings this week or next week of either the Asheville City Council or the Buncombe County Commission.
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Buncombe County Commission will discuss ongoing funding of Reparations at their July 19th meeting
Last week, Buncombe County Commission Chair Brownie Newman gave an update to the Citizen-Times on the County’s plans for funding Reparations into the future: “We plan to discuss the proposal around longer term investments at our next Commission meeting… My expectation is that the Commission will support a long-term commitment to invest in community reparations such as increasing minority homeownership and helping grow more minority owned businesses in Asheville and Buncombe County.”
We are glad to see this indication that the County may finally address the official request from the Community Reparations Commission for a funding commitment. We reiterate our hope that the Buncombe County Commission will designate Reparations as an ongoing funding priority.
Things to do
We encourage you to reach out to the Buncombe County Commission and ask them to support the Community Reparations Commission’s request for a funding commitment at their July 19th meeting. You can personalize and send the email template available at the Racial Justice Coalition website.