For Immediate Release
Date September 23, 2013
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Dr. Eve Hall, President & CEO
Stephanie Findley, Board Chair
African-American Chamber of Commerce
“City of Milwaukee Fails to Protect Black Business Owners”
The African-American Chamber of Commerce will hold a press conference
September 24th, 2013 at 8am within Milwaukee’s City Hall’s Rotunda.
AACC is asking the Common Council to cease on passing the resolution of repealing Chapter 370. The chamber is requesting research on minority participation program best practices in other cities around the U.S. —particularly in the Midwest.
“It is of legal opinion that Ordinance 370 failed to address the sizable disparities that exist in our community, but abolishing the initiative altogether fails to move the City of Milwaukee in the right direction,” Board Chair, Stephanie Findley said.
The City of Milwaukee is over 40% African American; 17.3% Hispanic; 3.5% Asian; 0.8% Native American and approximately 3.5% “Other non-White” races and one of the most impoverished Cities in America. It is unconscionable that the City believes it acceptable to return to a race neutral program.
Eve Hall, President and CEO of the African-American Chamber, stated, ” Chapter 370 assumes African Americans and other minorities are at parity with the general population as it relates to supplies of goods and services without any analysis of the Commercially Useful Function (CUF) of such firms. In the federal supply and contracting arena, this would fall under 49 CFR 26.55.”
Ordinance 370 provided strong protections for the utilization of White women while forcing all women of color to share the limited protections provided by the ordinance with men of the same race – further diluting opportunities for men of color – particularly African American men.