City of Asheville and Buncombe County Community Reparations Commission meeting: June 6, 2022

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The Community Reparations Commission is empowered to make short, medium, and long-term recommendations that will make significant progress toward repairing the damage caused by public and private systemic racism. The task of the Reparations Commission is to issue a report in a timely manner for consideration by the City, County, and other participating community groups for incorporation into their respective short-term and long-term priorities and plans. 


Community Reparations Commission Meeting – June 6, 2022

Agenda Item


Call to Order and Declaration of Quorum Quorum reached.
Approval of Meeting Minutes  Minutes approved unanimously.
Review Commission Charge Discussion
Expectations and Goals of Meeting Discussion

Meeting Procedures City and County Attorney

  • Issues/Concerns/Questions
  • Role of Chair – Dr. Dwight Mullen
  • Role of Facilitator – Sala Menaya-Merritt
Discussion between Commission Members, City Attorney and County Attorney.

Motion Passed at Last Meeting

  • Motion to have the City and County place a line item in their budget for reparations in Perpetuity
  • Issues and Concerns
  • How to communicate recommendation to elected bodies
  • Next Steps
Discussion regarding the process required to move approved recommendations to City Council and County Board of Commissioners  through staff liaisons.

During tonight’s meeting, a motion was made to add an item to tonight’s agenda. That item was  a vote to add youth as voting members to the commission. This will be voted on at the next meeting.

Discussion Topics

  • What do you hope the Reparations Commission will accomplish and/or expected results of this process?
  • What tools/resources do you need to accomplish these results?
  • Who’s missing from the table and how should they be added or involved?


Tabled until next meeting.

Public Comment

Comments received.
Wrap Up/Next Steps/Adjournment Meeting adjourned.



NEXT MEETING: The next meeting of the Community Reparations Commission is scheduled for June 27, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the Buncombe County First Floor Conference Room – 200 College Street Buncombe County Government Building. The committee discussed that impact area focus meetings will begin in July.


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