John Mack - Newtown Supervisor
Newtown Township Human Relations Commission Meetings

This page documents the agenda of upcoming and summaries of past Newtown Township Human Relations Commission (NTHRC) meetings. This Committee usually meets third Wednesday of the month.

The NTHRC was established by the Board of Supervisors on November 28, 2018, by the enactment of the Newtown Township Anti-Discrimination Ordinance, in order to ensure that all persons, regardless of actual or perceived race, color, gender, religion, ancestry, genetic information, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, familial status, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, use of guide or support animals and/or mechanical aids enjoy the full benefits of citizenship and are afforded equal opportunities for employment, housing and the use of public accommodations, and to have equal access to postsecondary educational institutions.

Upcoming Meeting

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Minutes of Recent Past Meetings

August 19, 2020

Highlights

July 15, 2020

At the July 15, 2020, Zoom meeting of the Newtown Township Human Relations Commission, several members discussed the upcoming Town Hall meeting with Police Chief Hearn. Some expressed concern regarding the limited attendance due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, making sure people of color are not excluded, and concern that the meeting is not being recorded. In addition, some felt that the meeting should be open to people who cannot attend either via Zoom or via Facebook Live.

In general, people understood the need for a limited access meeting and felt it was important to move forward with the meeting as currently envisioned. A few ideas were put forward for meetings in the near future within the community, such as at churches and synagogues.

Listen to excerpts of the discussion:

Mack's Newtown Voice · HRC Police Town Hall Discussion Discussion

Other discussion items included:

  • Residents organizing local meetings with Police Chief Hearn
  • Memorandum of Understanding with the PA HRC
  • "Walking While Black" virtual movie showing at the Bucks County Community College
  • Database of discrimination "incidents" involving NT police reported by residents

Download the minutes of this meeting.

June 17, 2020

Not all attendees are visible this Zoom meeting screen shot.
View the video archive of this meeting.

This Zoom Meeting was primarily focused on “priorities and action items to combat racism in Newtown.” More than 25 people attended this meeting, including several members of the Newtown Borough Council and its Human Relations Commission. The discussion focused on several ideas to achieve the goal of ensuring that there is No Place for Racism in Newtown Township and Borough, including:

  • Coordination between the Township and the Borough Human Relations Commissions to work together
  • Work with the Peace Center and Bucks Community College to host events
  • Organizing a Town Hall Meeting with the Police Chief (read "Newtown Supervisors Plan a Town Hall Meeting with Police")
  • Address racism issues in schools and advocate for K-12 curriculum to include minority or black and indigenous and LGBTQ history, make an active effort to hire and train a more diverse, nonwhite teaching staff, etc. [As the liaison to the Council Rock School District, I have already reached out to Mr. Ed Tate who is a member of the School Board and who heads up a committee in charge of curriculum. See “Letter & Petition Urge Council Rock School District to Better Empower Students to Embrace Diversity, Not Racism”]
  • Build awareness in our communities through the showing of movies and discussions afterward
  • Organize book club discussion groups
  • Promotion of these and related events via the Township’s Cable TV Channel and Quarterly Newsletter
  • Create a public database of racial incidents reported to the Peace Center. Perhaps have the NT Human Relations Commissions set up an online form for collecting incident reports from residents.
  • Promote a list of #BlackLivesMatter resources on the NT Human Relations township web page
  • Safe Haven signs in windows of participating businesses. This was something proposed by a member of the Newtown Mercantile Group and was proposed some time ago to business leaders. Could be a joint project between Newtown Boro and the Township.

View the video archive of this meeting.

Below is a transcript of the meeting. You can also download the PDF version here.

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