- Does it make sense?
- Is this something the city of Trenton should be doing right here, right now?
- Is this even "legal"?
Let us know what you think.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10-11
Executive Order by Honorable Mayor Tony F. Mack
Mayor's Commission on International Business Affairs
September 20, 2011
An Executive Order establishing the Mayor's Commission on International Business Affairs to encourage the development and implementation of policies, programs and practices specifically intended to improve conditions affecting the cultural, social, political, educational, health and general well-being of African and Caribbean immigrants, refugees and asylees residing in the City of
Trenton, . The commission shall make recommendations with regard to the Mayor and /or his designees, all relating to the improvement of conditions in the City of Mercer County Trenton, for International Business communities. Mercer County
WHEREAS, Several international and humanitarian and international faith based organizations intervened in Africa, Europe and Asia refugee's crisis by arranging to resettle many refugees from these countries Liberia, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Sudan, Somalia, Italy, Russia, Ukrainian, Poland, and other Eastern and to communities within the United States; and
WHEREAS, Beginning in the 1990's and continuing until today, several African countries have undergone severe civil war and political unrest, leading to genocide of many ethnic and religious minorities, as well as the exile of former government leaders and their families, creating hundreds of thousands of refugees and political asylees; and
WHEREAS, At the same time, political unrest throughout the Caribbean, especially in
Haiti, created an additional refugee crisis within the Western Hemisphere; and
WHEREAS, Similar umbrella Organizations will be created to represent the Italian, Polish, Russian, Asian, Central and South American Communities etc.
NOW, THEREFORE, by the power vested in me in accordance with Article 5, Plan D 3-9 of the city of
, it is hereby ordered as follows: Trenton Charter
Section 1. ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMISSION
The City of
, Mercer County Mayor Commission on International Business Affairs ("the Commission") is hereby established in the Mayor's Office, which office shall pay, from appropriations made to it, all the expenses of such commission Trenton
Section 2. FUNCTION OF COMMISSION
· Host monthly interactive Commission Meetings to promote and inform the African,
Caribbean, Italian, Polish, Russian, Asian, Central and South American Immigrants of activities occurring within the Trenton Immigrant Community.
· Collaborate with African, Caribbean, Italian, Polish, Russian, Asian, Central and
South America affiliated organizations in providing support to events such as; health fairs, college fairs, cultural programs, political events, galas, and roundtable discussions on current issues.
· Make representation at conferences locally, state-wide, and nation-wide and internationally to promote education, job security, and cultural enrichment and immigration issues.
· Promote business and trade agreements on behalf of the African,
Caribbean, Italian, Polish, Russian, Asian, Central and South American Communities.
· Organize Trade Missions, International Trade and Business Shows and Forums and promote Exports
· Engage in neighborhood improvements and revitalization programs
· Assist Immigrants with accessing city services through the office of the Mayor.
Section 3. COMPOSITION OF COMMISSION
Each Independent Commission shall be composed of nine (9) members, who shall serve without compensation. The mayor shall appoint members of the commission as follows:
(a) The President of City Council or his or her designee;
(b) The Executive Director /Chairperson of each cultural division
(c) Two (2) other members of the community appointed by the Mayor
(d) Five (5) other culturally diverse professional, business owners and faith based community members from the City of
appointed by the commission. Trenton
Section 4. COMMISSION OFFICERS
Commission Chair and all other officers of the Commission will be elected in accordance with the process outlined in the bylaws.
The commission will develop and implement bylaws and create a mission statement that supports and reflects the needs of the African and Caribbean immigrant community in the City of
Section 5. This order shall be effective immediately.
And, if you check the original document, you will see it is signed on October 19, 2011...one month after the date the order was issued. Really?
We know one thing, if we were one of the "advisers" to this endeavor listed on the city website, we would be screaming to have our name removed from any and all documents pertaining to this mess.