Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations

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A state commission is urging Maine lawmakers to pass more than two dozen bills aimed at easing racial disparities in Maine, and to consider impacts on racial equity when crafting future legislation.

The members of the Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations is poised to decide on legislation that will advance efforts to end racism in Maine.

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A new, independent commission on race equity has sent a letter to Gov. Janet Mills advising her on initial steps to address systemic racism in Maine. Among other things, commission members want to direct state agencies to collect data that illustrate the scope of social, economic and health disparities by race, ethnicity and tribal status. They also support a "Truth and Reconciliation" process to hear personal stories about racial harm and privilege.