Public Commission Meeting

Public Meeting 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

The New York City Racial Justice Commission will hold a public meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.  

  • Join in-person at Sunnyside Community Services in Queens. The entrance to the building is accessible:  

43-31 39th St,  

Sunnyside, NY 11104 

The New York City Charter provides the structure of City government and key powers of City elected officials and agencies. The Racial Justice Commission is empowered with the authority of a charter revision commission, which is a temporary commission that reviews the entire Charter and puts any proposals for its amendment before the voters. The Racial Justice Commission is also empowered to recommend other proposed policy and programmatic changes that are not included in its amendment proposals.  

Mission Statement: The Racial Justice Commission, empowered with the legal authority of a Charter Revision Commission, will seize the transformative potential of this moment in history to identify and propose structural changes and significant policy reforms that will advance racial justice and equity and begin to dismantle structural racism for all New Yorkers. This work is necessary because systemic racism has been and continues to shape our reality. The Commission will seek to produce a rigorous, community-informed, and data-driven guide to shape the path forward towards a fair, equitable, and just New York City. While focusing on what can be uniquely addressed through the New York City Charter, the Commission may also include recommendations on state and federal level changes, and even those private companies should undertake, to address the roots of inequity. 

This meeting is open to the public. The public will have the opportunity to observe the Commission’s discussions, but not testify before it. There will be opportunities for testimony and participation by members of the public at future public meetings and hearings of the Commission. Please view the Events tab on the Racial Justice Commission website for upcoming meetings or input sessions. 

Please note that upon entering, all meeting attendees complete a health screen. Inside the space all attendees will be required to practice physical distancing and those attendees over the age of two who are medically able to tolerate a face covering will be required to wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status. 

In order to permit physical distancing, the capacity of the meeting room is limited to 50 people. An overflow room accommodating 10 people will also be available if necessary. 

Please do not attend in-person if:  

  • You have experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 10 days (a fever of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, a new cough, new loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath).  
  • You have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days.  
  • You have been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes over a 24- hour period) with anyone while they had COVID-19 within the past 10 days and are required to quarantine under existing CDC guidance (you have not had COVID-19 within the past 3 months, and you are not fully vaccinated). 

The New York City Charter provides the structure of City government and key powers of City elected officials and agencies. The Racial Justice Commission is empowered with the authority of a charter revision commission, which is a temporary commission that reviews the entire Charter and puts any proposals for its amendment before the voters. The Racial Justice Commission is also empowered to recommend other proposed policy and programmatic changes that are not included in its amendment proposals. 

What if I need assistance to observe the meeting? 

American Sign Language interpretation will be provided. With advance notice, members of the public may request language interpretation services. Possible virtual accommodations also include live captioning, audio description (if applicable), and accessible electronic documents/PowerPoints. Please make language interpretation and/or other accessibility requests by 3:00 p.m. on November 15, 2021 by emailing the Commission at [email protected] or by calling (718) 354-1918 and leaving a voicemail. All requests will be accommodated to the extent possible.