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Anti-racism hearings begin at City Hall

Last Updated Jul 7, 2020 at 10:02 am MDT

(PHOTO: Chelsey Harms, 660 NEWS)

Over 100 people are signed up to speak at hearings

Hearings go Tuesday and Wednesday

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary City Hall is hosting two days’ worth of hearings on racism in the city and how to fight it.

The hearings come after thousands of Calgarians marched in local rallies, which coincided with protests in the U.S., speaking out against racism and police brutality.

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Over 100 speakers have already signed up to participate in Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s meetings.

Cllr. Gian-Carlo Carra is chairing the meeting alongside Dr. Malinda Smith, who is Vice-Provost at the University of Calgary for equity, diversity and inclusion. All councillors and a handful of experts are expected to be in attendance, either in person or by phone.

Meantime, anti-racism group WE STAND YYC has organized a peaceful demonstration outside City Hall which will happen during the hearings.

Last month, council voted to create an anti-racism committee.