WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in a northern West Virginia city have unanimously approved a resolution declaring racism a health crisis.
Social justice movements across the nation helped spark Tuesday’s vote by the Wheeling City Council, which appears to be among the first in the state, news outlets reported.READ MORE: St. Patrick's Day Parade In Pittsburgh Sees Smaller Crowd For Celebrations In September
The resolution says the city supports proactive and meaningful efforts to improve the quality of life and equity for each resident by seeking to reverse impacts of racism. The document directs the city manager to review policies and remove any racial bias, require municipal employees to complete implicit bias training and work toward building a more diverse and inclusive workforce.READ MORE: Male Suspect In Custody After 3 People Shot At Baby Shower At Kinloch Volunteer Fire Department
Among the goals is to “find ways to be inclusive and representative of our communities,” Councilwoman Rosemary Ketchum said.MORE NEWS: Allegheny Co. Police Investigating After Woman Found With Gunshot Wound In City Of Duquesne
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