St. Louis City Reparations Commission
Details about the St. Louis City Reparations Commission
Establishing a community-driven commission to assess the history of slavery, segregation, and other race-based harms in the City of St. Louis; explore the present-day manifestations of that history; and, ultimately, recommend a proposal to begin repairing the harms that have been inflicted and necessary for the welfare of the City of St. Louis.
The City of St. Louis Reparations Commission shall be composed of nine (9) members, to be appointed by the Mayor. Pursuant with City Charter Article VII, § 1
|Will Ross||Vice Chairperson||03/08/2024|
Executive Order No. 4
Pursuant with City Charter Article VII, § 1
Board Duties and Purpose
Mandate, Meetings, Rules, Policies & Procedures:
A. The Reparation Commission’s mandate shall be to explore the history of race-based harms in the city; reveal the present-day manifestations of that history; and, ultimately, propose a method and potential funding resources for directly repairing the harms that have been inflicted. The commission shall explore not just the socio-economic and political evidence but also engage the moral, legal and historical evidence for various claims to reparations and redistributive justice.
B. The Reparations Commission shall hold its first public meeting no later than forty five (45) days following its appointment, and shall hold public meetings on a monthly basis thereafter.
C. The Reparations Commission is an advisory body under Section 610.010(4)(e) of the Missouri Sunshine Law and its meetings shall be open to the public, provided, however, that the Reparations Commission may vote to close a meeting as may be permitted by law pursuant to section 610.021 of the Missouri Sunshine Law.
D. The Mayor shall designate staff to serve as liaison for the City of St. Louis Reparations Commission, and such staff will assist the Commission as necessary, including providing assistance with its organizational needs and member recruitment.
E. The Reparations Commission shall, with the advice of the City Counselor, prepare and adopt necessary rules, policies and procedures for the conduct of their business and shall conduct themselves in accordance therewith.
F. The Reparations Commission shall, in its selection of officers and making recommendations to the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen, and in any other action, act by majority vote of the voting members of the commission.
G. The Reparations Commission, in addition to the advisory work set forth in this Order, may have other duties as imposed by any Ordinance or Ordinances of the City of St. Louis.
H. In order to fulfill its mandate, the Reparations Commission shall solicit input from the public and from experts, and release a draft recommendation for public comment before finalizing its recommendations.
All members shall be residents of the City of St. Louis.
A. Civil Rights Advocate: At least one (1) member of the Reparations Commission shall be an employee or representative of a recognized civil liberties advocacy organization.
B. Attorney: At least one (1) member of the Reparations Commission shall be a licensed attorney.
C. Clergy: At least one (1) member of the Reparations shall be an ordained member of the faith community.
D. Academic: At least one (1) member of the Reparations Commission shall be a professor at a local college or university.
E. Public Health: At least one (1) member of the Reparations Commission shall be a physician, physician’s assistant, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse licensed to practice in the State of Missouri, licensed social worker or mental health provider, or equally qualified public health professional licensed to practice in the State of Missouri.
F. Youth: At least one (1) member of the Reparations Commission shall be between the ages of fifteen and eighteen at the time of their nomination.
G. The remaining three (3) members shall be residents of the City of St. Louis selected by giving priority to those whose perspectives are informed by (1) experience with systems of extreme disadvantage, including, but not limited to, homelessness, incarceration, state violence, or poverty; and/or (2) experience developing, advocating for, and implementing social justice initiatives, facilitating public dialogue, and communicating new and challenging ideas.
Term: 3 Years; expires April 15, 2025
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