Community Town Hall Series on Racial Equity

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Community Town Hall Series on Racial Equity Slated for January 16 at 10:00 a.m.
Borough of Carlisle to hold a Community Town Hall to begin a series of Talk Back sessions at Borough Hall and via Zoom

On Saturday, January 16, 2021, the Borough of Carlisle will host an inaugural Community Town Hall on Racial Equity at Borough Hall.  Community members will have the opportunity to participate via Zoom. The town hall will be facilitated by the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, Brandon Flood.

“During a time in our nation’s history that is rife with alternative facts and racially-divisive elements lurking beneath the surface and behind computer screens, this town hall could not be more necessary and timely,” said Secretary Flood.

In response to nationwide racial unrest in the summer of 2020, the Borough of Carlisle made a commitment to examine their role in racial oppression and how Council can help borough government and the community make strides toward racial reconciliation and improvement of conditions for those who live and/or work in the Borough of Carlisle. 

"I anticipate a robust discussion that will lead to concrete action steps to address systemic racism in our community. This Council has, and continues to, lead on this issue and I look to hearing the experiences of our residents during this inaugural town hall," said Mayor Tim Scott.

Deputy Mayor Sean Shultz added, “Data shows there are wide disparities along racial lines in our nation and in our community. We bear a responsibility to find ways to bridge those deep divides here in Carlisle and continue to improve racial equity. The town hall is our next step in meeting our obligations as leaders.”

This inaugural Town Hall is presented in coordination with the Carlisle Martin Luther King Commemoration Committee and serves to kick-off a series of deep dives into the racial history, current condition, and the hope for future racial reconciliation.  In November, Borough Council passed a resolution citing the past mistakes the Borough committed regarding the Lincoln Cemetery and restated their commitment to doing the work necessary to prevent missteps in the future.

The Borough of Carlisle encourages residents and interested parties to submit their experiences or topics for discussion in advance of the town hall to  Submissions should be no longer than 500 words in length.  Video submissions are also welcome and should not exceed 3 minutes.  Advance written and video submissions should be sent no later than January 9, 2021. 

Residents interested in participating in this meeting should contact Owen Snyder, Assistant Borough Manager, for Zoom meeting access at by 9:30 a.m. on January 16, 2021. At the time of issuance of this press release, in-person attendance is limited to 25 individuals in compliance with Pennsylvania’s current restrictions. If you do not have access to Zoom and must attend in person please contact Owen Snyder.

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