Billings, MT – The Montana Advisory Committee to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will convene a series of panel discussions to examine bordertown discrimination in Montana.
The meeting will take place on Monday, August 29, 2016 at the Al Bedoo Shrine Auditorium, 1125 Broadwater Avenue, Billings, MT 59102, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (MDT) with an open public session from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This meeting is open to the public, and free parking is available at the shrine. Persons with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodations should contact the Rocky Mountain Regional Office prior to the meeting to make appropriate arrangements.
The Committee will hear testimony from law enforcement and representatives of local, state, and federal agencies, tribal officials, community organizations, advocacy groups, and the public. Members of the public will be invited to speak during the open forum session, scheduled to take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Committee will also accept written testimony submitted to email@example.com by Thursday, September 29, 2016.
This meeting in Billings is the first of a series of three meetings to be held over the next 12 months to address bordertown discrimination in Montana. Advisory Committee Chair Norma Bixby said, “Montana must address the issues surrounding border town discrimination concerning education, racial justice, criminal justice and health disparities for those individuals who face overwhelming discrimination barriers that prevent them from becoming productive citizens of Montana. The forum will hopefully bring about recommendations for change so that all citizens are treated fair and equal.
The Montana Advisory Committee will issue findings and recommendations in a report to the Commission after all testimony has been received.
Members of the Montana Advisory Committee are: Ms. Norma Bixby, Chair, Ms. Kiah M. Abbey of Bozeman, Dr. John A. Baden of Gallatin Gateway, Mr. Doug L. Betters of Whitefish, Dr. Joan Hoff of Big Sky, Ms. Gwendolyn M. Kircher of Billings, Ms. Nancy J. Knauff of Great Falls, Dr. David A. Lopez of Billings, Mr. David S. Morales of Billings, Rev. Denise L. Rogers of Bozeman, Rabbi Edward S. Stafman of Bozeman, Mr. Dennis M. Taylor of Helena, and Mr. Eran A. Thompson of Billings.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with studying and advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issuing a federal civil rights enforcement report.