The Town of Amherst has formed a committee to study and develop reparations proposals for residents of African heritage. At this time we are beginning our outreach campaign, particularly hoping to reach residents who identify as Black and of African heritage. It’s critical for us to consult with as many residents of African heritage as possible to develop a robust and inclusive reparative justice plan. Below are some ways community members can engage with our work.
- We’ve launched a webpage — www.engageamherst.org/ahra
- We’ve opened an inclusion portal for residents who wish to learn more about the initiative and/or shape the reparative plan we’ll ultimately recommend to the Town Council — https://forms.gle/Zw7DjN2nHzz2gHzX7
- Last weekend we started our boots on the ground program, going out into the apartment complexes and talking with folks about the initiative and inviting them to participate.
- We’re hosting a listening session at the Hitchcock Center on October 27th from 6:30pm-8pm, open to all residents and centering Black and African heritage voices.