By Helen Gerhardt
On Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at 1:00 pm, at the request of Pittsburgh City Council Member Theresa Kail-Smith, there will be a Council public post agenda hearing for discussion of legislation introduced by City Council Member, Rev. Burgess, Bill No. 2013-1482, entitled, Establishment of Pittsburgh Domestic Violence Advisory Board.
This post is an invitation to begin a preliminary discussion of questions like these:
- In light of the past few years, what roles and powers would such a panel usually have? How should this panel function differently?
- What main questions and concerns should this Advisory Panel address?
- What do you think the short, medium and long term outcome goals of such a panel should be?
- What organizations, stakeholders and interest groups should be represented on the advisory panel?
- How will the invitation and selection process to the panel be managed and communicated to the public?
- How might such a panel work to engage, learn from and educate a wider range of communities and stakeholders?
- How should such a panel function?
- Should all meetings be open to the public?
- How should ongoing Advisory Panel functions, meetings and findings be communicated with greater Pittsburgh and stakeholders?
- How might such a panel function most effectively in advising Council members in the crafting of legislation and policy?
- How might such a panel engage the FOP to build better grounds for more effective community policing in neighborhoods most in need of more effective domestic violence response?
I may add links in this space to information which is suggested during our discussions and during interviews with various officials and experts over the next few days. Next week I will be writing a new post after I digest whatever Stone Soup we cook up together.