Thursday, April 12, 2007

Despite Its All-White Committees, SEWPRC Says Getting White Folks Involved Has Been Tough, Too

I have written frequently about the dearth of minority representation on the advisory committees that make recommendations on transportation, housing and other important issues managed at the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

Announcing, finally, the creation of a new committee on economic justice, with several minority members - - designed to deal with complaints about SEWRPC's inability to be genuinely inclusive - - Commission Executive Director Phil Evenson told a reporter he's had a hell of a hard time getting white people to serve, too.

Even though five of his major current committees, according to his own records, are 98% white. You figure that out.

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