The Amherst Town Council has established the African Heritage Reparations Assembly (AHRA), a seven-member committee with a mission to study and develop reparation proposals for People of African Heritage in Amherst.
The Town Manager, as appointing authority, is seeking members to serve on the AHRA. The seven-member committee shall include six Black residents, at least two of whom are current or former members of elected bodies in Amherst. One member shall be a representative from Reparations For Amherst.
The AHRA will be charged with developing a Municipal Reparations Plan that includes both a reparations fund and a community-wide process of reconciliation and repair for harms against Black people.
The plan will include:
- A plan for developing ongoing funding streams to repair past harms committed by the Town against Black people.
- An allocation plan including eligibility criteria, which will be determined and approved by the broader Amherst Black community through a census and community feedback process.
- Additional means of repair for anti-Black structural and communal racism, including public events and activities that prioritize truth telling and reconciliation.
The AHRA will also coordinate with other groups working toward racial equity in Amherst to ensure collaboration. This includes engaging, as appropriate, other community stakeholders such as the Amherst Business Improvement District, Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, faith communities, and other organizations to develop extra-municipal reparations efforts that align with and complement the Town’s Municipal Reparations Plan.
The goal is to prepare a Municipal Reparations Plan to the Town Council by October 31, 2021 and a final report to the Town Council at the completion of the Assembly’s work.
If you are interested in volunteering to serve, please fill out a Community Activity Form by clicking here or by visiting www.amherstma.gov/caf
If you have questions, reach out to our Community Participation Officers via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (413) 259-3002
Posted on Monday, July 12th at 9:25 AM