Urban County Council makes Commission on Racial Justice and Equality permanent

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council on Tuesday voted to make the Commission on Racial Justice and Equality permanent.

The commission will review city policies and monitor progress on diversity issues.

The new group will make recommendations to Mayor Linda Gorton and the Urban County Council.

When she made her call to make the commission permanent, Mayor Gorton said the areas of emphasis would remain the same, health disparities, law enforcement justice and accountability, housing and gentrification, racial equality, education and economic opportunity.

Mayor Gorton appointed a more than 70-member Commission on Racial Justice and Equality last year after months of social justice protests prompted by the police killings of Breonna Taylor in Louisville and George Floyd in Minneapolis.  One of the temporary commission’s more than 54 recommendations in October was to make the commission permanent.

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