Mayor Berke's Council Against Hate holds meeting on Monday night
The Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke’s Council Against Hate met on Monday evening, inviting the community to join them to see what discoveries their action teams have made.
The different groups are looking to take their plans to the streets. At The Camp House, they shared what their future may include.
"We can do something about what we see on our phones and social media and in our public life and it's time for us to do something about it," Mayor Berke said.
Mayor Berke launched the Council Against Hate in April with the stated mission of "promoting tolerance and diversity" in Chattanooga.
Action groups, charged with identifying their goals and parameters of their fights, first had to define what they're fighting for and against. As they presented their findings at Monday’s meeting, they revealed, even among educators, it's not as easy as it may seem.
The council would like to set up an independent body to provide guidance in certain issues under their umbrella.
"The Human Rights Commission is actually able to engage with both public and private sectors to handle complaints about discrimination, to solve problems with hate crimes and similar issues throughout the community," Samantha Boucher said.
The key to this initiative's success is involvement.
"The more representation from our communities, the more representation of people who are citizens in our communities have in our government, the more their voices count,” Boucher said. “The better all of us are going to be."
Additionally, the council is encouraging interfaith worship services and a bus tour, early next month, called "Check Your Blind Spot." The tour is aimed at helping people in business identify what they call unconscious bias in workplace interactions, and hiring policies.