PORTLAND, Maine — Portland's Racial Equity Steering Committee presented an interim report and a list of recommendations at Monday's city council meeting.
Mayor Kate Snyder along with councilors appointed the committee following a series of Black Lives Matter demonstrations over the summer.
The committee's recommendations for the city included:
- Adopting a crisis response model
- Recommending city staff and the portland police department attend anti-bias training,
- Creating new city departments to oversee human rights and racial equity initiatives
- Developing and implementing framework for an equitable COVID-19 homelessness response.
the committee has been meeting since October and was slated to finish all recommendations in January but needed more time, The council granted an extension to April 1.