Community meets to discuss Reparatory Justice Resolution ahead of Common Council meeting

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Several South Bend residents met at the Charles Black Community Center Tuesday night to discuss the Reparatory Justice Resolution. After a meeting to discuss the resolution was canceled on January 23, the South Bend Common Council will discuss it during a meeting on February 6.

About 25 people attended the meeting, including Henry Davis Jr., Common Council member for the 2nd District, and South Bend City Clerk Dawn Jones.

"The purpose of the meeting was to involve the community at a level of discussion as it relates to the respiratory justice bill that has been filed with the South Bend Common Council," said Davis. "We’re giving the community the opportunity before we get to the council meeting table discussion to talk about what reparations looks like and why it's needed and what is the root of the reparations bill."

Elected officials stressed the importance of community attendance at Monday's meeting.

Several residents expressed frustration, however, that the meeting is being held at 3:30 p.m., when many are at work.

If the council decides the legislative process for the resolution should continue, another meeting will be held at 7 p.m. that same evening.

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