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Friday, December 11 2015

Speak Your Mind at HRC Forum Monday

Adapted from a Greenfield Human Rights Commission (HRC) press release:

The Greenfield Human Rights Commission will host a Community Forum on Civility, Sensitivity, Speech, & Race on Monday, December 14, 2015, at 6PM, at Greenfield Town Hall.  This forum represents the commission's initial response to controversy surrounding the hanging of a Confederate flag in the garage of an off-duty police officer and the resulting concerns of a neighboring family.

Issues to be discussed include, but are not necessarily limited to, the underlying incident; symbolism of the Confederate flag, free speech, privacy, expectations of public officials in public & private roles, race, and the interface of these issues while striving for civility & sensitivity in community relations.

Greenfield Human Rights Commission chairman Lewis Metaxas, who will be moderating the forum, said, "We welcome the opportunity to have a rich and sincere discussion with members of the community. We hope, that together, we may take steps to not only resolve some of them, if possible, but also to reach a consensus on what the expectations and rights are for all of us in this community regarding these issues. Here, in Greenfield, we are not just individuals residing next to each other. We are a community and community entails that we are a civic family. Members of families that go through times of trouble talk to each other. Or they should. This will be our chance to do so."

Metaxas further said, "I can promise two things. Everyone who wants an opportunity to speak their mind and heart will have an opportunity to do so. Second, our discussion will take place in an atmosphere of respect and civility to each other."

The Commission invites input and opinions from all residents of Greenfield, and greater Franklin County, that may wish to participate.