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May 19, 2009
Human rights panel still on hold
Letter sent by Monica (Ervin) Fore, a civil rights activist, to Mayor Art Ward this morning:
Dear Mayor Ward, Something's wrong with the Bristol Press this morning! Minorities in this city were promised a human rights commission that hasn't even come to fruition as promised and yet the city attorney's are begging for more money...health insurance...and "threatening" to resign if they don't get it by June 1st. Now they can call me what they want and I really don't care but the nerve of city officials calling me and my group radical, crazy and God knows what else we've been called because we are standing up for ourselves in this city. Now suppose we (minorities) put on a protest to get the human rights commission that we were promised. What would our city attorney's say about us then? We, minorities, have been fair and just with our city leaders only for them to turn around and disrespect us. We have not been called back to the table to discuss the human rights commission as promised. Attorney Lacey has not shared his ideas with us as he promised and Rev. Collins and William Whitehead have on numerous occasions requested information on the status of the commission only for their requests to fall on deaf ears. It is only fair that our city officials create the human rights commission first before jumping into spending money on other new projects. The minorities in this town have complained on numerous occasions about the unjust treatment going on in our city. In fact, I just emailed a complaint to you on yesterday regarding a minority who went to the police department to make a complaint and was denied the right to do so. And so, before the vote on health insurance there should be a vote on the human rights commission. And that vote should be a YES vote as promised. Sincerely, Monica Fore
Update at 11:40 a.m., Tuesday: Mayor Ward wrote this response a few minutes ago:
Monica, the health benefits issue is not moving forward and the Human Rights Commission is being addressed.
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