The City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the Community Building Initiative have collaborated to host COVID-19 Racial & Social Disparities virtual town hall meetings. The town halls focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on communities of color. Community members have been encouraged to participate in conversations on racial and social disparities and share their ideas for policy innovations that will produce more equitable outcomes for communities of color.
The first town hall meeting took place on Thursday, April 30 and addressed COVID19’s disparate impact in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s African American community. The meeting was moderated by Elisa Chinn-Gary, Mecklenburg County Clerk of Superior Court and Judge of Probate and featured panelists: Dr. Raynard Washington, Deputy Health Director, Mecklenburg County; Taiwo Jaiyeoba, Assistant City Manager, City of Charlotte; Tiffany Fant, Climate Justice & Cultural Organizer, Sol Nation and Charles Thomas, Program Director/Charlotte, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. A replay of the meeting can be viewed by clicking here.
The second town hall took place on May 6 and addressed impacts on the immigrant and refugee community. The meeting was held in English and Spanish and was co-hosted by Hola News. It was moderated by Gina Esquivel, Principal Consultant, Civic Canvas and featured panelists: Dr. Meg Sullivan, Medical Director, Mecklenburg County Public Health; Nimish Bhatt, Executive Director, Universal Institute for Successful Aging of the Carolinas; Federico Rios, Assistant Director, Office of Equity, Mobility and Immigrant Integration, City of Charlotte; and Salma Villarreal, Program and Engagement Coordinator, ourBRIDGE for KIDSYou. You can view the replay of the meeting by clicking here.
The CRC continues to work with partners to engage residents and wants to hear your community-sourced ideas based on the recent town halls. Email ideas to: firstname.lastname@example.org.