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Carlisle Borough Council, Truth & Reconciliation Commission plan joint meeting Wednesday

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Carlisle Borough Hall

A special joint public meeting and hearing will be held Wednesday to review, discuss and possibly approve the proposed by-laws, mission statement and action plan for Carlisle’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

The meeting will include the Carlisle Borough Council and members of the commission and will be held at 6 p.m. at the borough hall and via Zoom. Those interested in attending via Zoom should register at the borough website, carlislepa.org.

The commission, appointed May 13, held its first meeting on May 25. Since then, the commission members have been working on the by-laws, mission statement and action plan to meet the deadline imposed by the council to have the documents ready within 60 days of the creation of the commission.

The documents outline the commission’s plans to engage in truth-telling and fact-finding exercises through a variety of methods that include surveys, archival research, oral histories and systematic research.

According to the plan, for example, the commission will participate in community events and visit Carlisle-area churches and businesses owned by people who are Black, Indigenous or people of color.

The research is expected to continue through the end of 2021, according to the plan. In the first quarter of 2022, the commission plans to begin analyzing the data it receives with the goal of finalizing a list of topics or issues to address in the final report that is due to the borough council by Dec. 31, 2022.

The final report is expected to use the information learned from the commission’s activities to develop policy proposals to address issues of racial disparity within the borough.

Email Tammie at tgitt@cumberlink.com. Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.

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