New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this week announced a new racial justice commission which will make policy recommendations to “dismantle structural racism for all New Yorkers,” but not until he is a lame duck mayor after the city’s November mayoral election.
The 11-member commission comprised of policy experts, nonprofit leaders, activists, and academics will have the “power to put forth permanent, transformative ideas for our government and our city,” the mayor said at a Tuesday press conference announcing the initiative, calling it “the first commission of its kind” in the country.
The commission will perform its stated mission by proposing policies and recommending changes to the City Charter, which acts as the city’s constitution. Among the specific policy recommendations which have been floated are a jobs guarantee for all New Yorkers, reparation payments for black New Yorkers, and a public apology from the city for past actions now deemed racist. In addition to proposing the cancellation of student debt, at least one member of the commission has also supported “baby bonds,” which are government-funded savings accounts for all children.
The budget of the commission is not clear.
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