By Lisa Carolin
During the Chelsea Human Rights Commission’s Aug. 5 meeting by telephone, member Joanne Ladio shared a statement she’d written for the HRC on the topic of racism and reaffirming the commission’s position.
Members of the HRC disagreed on whether the commission has the authority to issue a statement, calling it unchartered territory.
The HRC voted 3-2 (Rod Anderson, Eric Stricklin against) to take the statement as amended and submit it to Chelsea City Council to ask for approval to release the statement to the public.
In other action, HRC members unanimously supported a final review of specific city policy recommendations that will now go to Chelsea City Council. HRC members spent several months reviewing various city policies.
Ladio updated a collaborative program that the HRC will have with the Chelsea District Library and Serendipity Book store, which will involve a Community Reads book against racism. The book chosen is Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram Kendi. Community Reads will kick off Aug. 15 and the read dates are Sept. 1-30. Events include a reading on the library lawn Sept. 12 and a Zoom discussion Sept. 30.
The HRC voted 4-1 (Anderson against) to invite an ARCY (Anti-Racist Chelsea Youth) member to come to the next HRC meeting and talk to the HRC. The HRC’s next meeting will be on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m.