Amherst Select Board reading draft of response written by Temp Town Mgr Peter Hechenbleikner
While the all-white Amherst Select Board was reading a proclamation designating June 12 "Race Amity Day," a small mixed gender group -- black, white and somewhat in between -- who had turned out to support Aisha Hiza, the single mom banned from all school grounds for advocating on behalf of her bullied little girl sat stoically in front of them.
The main reason Aisha and her supporters showed up to this Select Board meeting tucked away in a back labyrinth of the Regional Middle School was to hear the response penned by Temporary Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner to Vira Douangmany Cage's volatile email the week before, branding the Select Board as enablers of social injustice by not addressing what many see as just such a case with Ms. Hiza.
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Draft response from Select Board to Vira Douangmany Cage
The draft letter was -- to say the least -- disappointing. A classic dodge simply saying it's not our department.
But the Select Board will take it up again at their next meeting back in Town Hall, and now that Town Meeting is dissolved they will also be taking Public Comment at the start of that meeting.
I'm sure the public will have lots to say.