Council signs off on resolution creating the Office of African American Affairs
The staffing makeup of the Office of African American Affairs will be determined in 2017 budget discussions.
The Milwaukee Common Council on Tuesday voted 14-0 in favor of a resolution that will create a city Office of African American Affairs tasked with improving the quality of life for African American Milwaukeeans.
Authored by Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, the measure will establish the Office of African American Affairs as a division of the City Clerk’s Office to analyze issues impacting the African American community and make policy recommendations. Alderman Rainey said it is critically important to have the office to guide and coordinate city departments in addressing the disparities that African Americans face in Milwaukee.
“The input and the discussion that this office will generate will have a substantial impact on the policies and budgeting decisions that will shape our city in the years to come,” said Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee. “This is both an acknowledgement that Milwaukee suffers from these racial disparities and a critical course correction to begin fixing them.”
Alderman Rainey said that the staffing makeup of the Office of African American Affairs will be determined in 2017 budget discussions in the weeks ahead.
“The creation of this office is an important step toward a more inclusive city with opportunities for everyone, regardless of race,” Community and Economic Development Committee chair Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II said.
Press Releases by Khalif Rainey
Joint statement from Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II and Alderman Michael J. Murphy November 22, 2016
Statement of Alderman Khalif J. Rainey October 28, 2016
Statement of Alderman Khalif J. Rainey September 26, 2016
Statement of Alderman Khalif J. Rainey July 22, 2016
The measure directs the Department of City Development to study the problem of food deserts in Milwaukee and put together a list of potential solutions.