News from the office of District One City Councilor, Salvatore LaMattina:
The Boston City Council unanimously approved recreating a Special Committee on Civil Rights, as ordered by Council President Michelle Wu. The City Council previously had a Committee on Human Rights and Civil Rights, but it was discontinued last year.
Councilor LaMattina was voted to the new committee with the mandate to promote equality for all Boston residents and visitors to the city, regardless of race, color, national origin, national ancestry, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, or disability.
Councilor LaMattina said, “I am extremely proud to be a part of this committee that is essential during this time where there is fear and uncertainty surrounding issues of civil liberties. We, as a City Council, make it our priority to protect and defend all Bostonians. This committee gives us an additional platform to do just that and I am looking forward to working with the many different members of our diverse community to create long-term solutions that coincide with the ideals that our city stands for.”
The committee will concern itself with matters relating to equal access to education, housing, employment, and health care services in its efforts to ensure that all are able to safely and fully participate in the civic life of our city and our economy. The committee shall explore the development of programs and/or legislation to achieve its goals and shall have jurisdiction over matters relating to city, state, and federal laws prohibiting discrimination.
Joining Councilor Sal LaMattina as voting members of the Committee are Chair Josh Zakim, Vice Chair Andrea Campbell, Councilor Annissa Essaibi George, and Councilor Matt O’Malley.