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Milwaukee Common Council Passes Resolution to Create Office of African American Affairs

The Milwaukee Common Council on Tuesday voted 14-0 in favor of a resolution that will create a city Office of African American Affairs tasked with improving the quality of life for African American Milwaukeeans.

Authored by Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, the measure will establish the Office of African American Affairs as a division of the City Clerk’s Office.

According to a press release from the Milwaukee Common Council, the task force will analyzed issues impacting the African American community and make policy recommendations. Alderman Rainey said it is critically important to have the office to guide and coordinate city departments in addressing the disparities that African Americans face in Milwaukee.

“Study after study, news article after news article cite Milwaukee as the worst place in the country to live as an African American person,” Alderman Rainey said. “In order to flip the script on Milwaukee’s shameful infamy, every policy decision we make should be guided by the question, ‘How will this address our racial disparities?’”

Alderman Rainey said that the staffing makeup of the Office of African American Affairs will be determined in 2017 budget discussions in the weeks ahead.

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