Wednesday, February 08, 2017

波士頓市議會通過吳弭提案 重新成立人權委員會

           (Boston Orange)波士頓市議會今(2月8)日無異議通過了市議會議長吳弭(Michelle Wu)的成立人權特別委員會命令。吳弭任命市議員查金(Josh Zakim)出任該委員會主席。
           該委員會在查金出任主席外,其他成員有副主席r Andrea Campbell,以及委員 Annissa Essaibi George, Sal LaMattina,以及 Matt O’Malley,共5人。

New policy committee to be chaired by District 8 City Councilor Josh Zakim

BOSTON – February 8, 2017 – Today the Boston City Council voted unanimously to approve City Council President Michelle Wu’s order to create a new City Council policy committee, the Special Committee on Civil Rights. President Wu has appointed City Councilor Josh Zakim as Chair of the Special Committee.

The City Council had previously had a Committee on Human Rights and Civil Rights, most recently chaired by Councilor Zakim in the 2014-2015 term, but this was discontinued last year.

“In setting the committee structure in January 2016, I made clear that every single policy committee has a mandate to include human rights and civil rights as part of its charge, so we discontinued the specific committee as part of our reorganization based on resources and focus,” said President Wu. “However, the world has changed in the last two weeks, and we’ve heard from our constituents that it’s more important than ever for cities to take action guarding civil rights. Councilor Zakim has been a true leader on these issues, and I’m pleased that he will chair this revamped committee with a proactive focus on bringing all voices into the conversation.”

Commenting on his new role, Councilor Zakim said, "During this time of uncertainty and fear around issues of civil rights and liberties, I am proud to again chair this important committee. Today, the Boston City Council has taken another affirmative step towards protecting and defending all Bostonians. I look forward to working with city agencies, non-profit organizations, and all members of our diverse community to create legislative and policy solutions that guarantee the welcoming and inclusive spirit of our city."

The order outlines the special committee’s charge:
The purpose of the Special Committee shall be to concern itself with matters relating to civil rights for all residents of Boston and visitors to the city, specifically: The committee shall concern itself with matters relating to equal access to education, housing, employment and health care services. The committee shall have jurisdiction over matters relating to city, state, and federal laws prohibiting discrimination. The committee shall concern itself with exploring the development of programs and/or legislation to ensure that all are able to safely and fully participate in the civic life of our city and our economy. The committee shall explore opportunities for city agencies, non-governmental organizations, and individuals to work together to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of all Bostonians. The committee shall concern itself with promoting equal and fair access to public and private services and facilities for all residents, regardless of race, color, national origin, national ancestry, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age or disability.

The creation of a new committee required an affirmative 2/3 vote of the Council to pass. Later in the meeting, Councilors voted to approve a separate order filed by President Wu, which assigned the new committee to host a policy briefing series focused on civil rights.

In addition to Committee Chair Josh Zakim, the voting members of the Committee will include Vice Chair Andrea Campbell, as well as Councilors Annissa Essaibi George, Sal LaMattina, and Matt O’Malley.

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