Dutchess to hold virtual town hall for people of color to share their experiences in county

POUGHKEEPSIE – On Tuesday, July 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Dutchess County will hold a virtual forum titled “A Listening Town Hall: People of Color Sharing their Experiences in Dutchess County.”

The forum will be hosted by County Executive Marc Molinaro, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, the Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights and the Northern Dutchess NAACP.

The event will be held via Zoom, live streamed on the county’s Facebook page and will give community members the platform and opportunity to speak directly to dozens of elected officials and share their stories about their experiences in Dutchess County.

For those wanting to speak, registration is required and individuals can sign up here. https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OlYYYBJlRGOY4KuSCz1mUg

Former United State Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will also participate in the Listening Town Hall to share his experience and speak to the importance of this event. Secretary Johnson is a former Dutchess County resident who served in the Obama Administration as general counsel of the Department of Defense and the fourth Secretary of Homeland Security in US history.

Those individuals who would like to share their experiences must sign up prior to the event’s start time, and will be given three minutes to speak. Elected officials from across the county, including mayors and supervisors from every town, city, and village, will be on the call to watch and listen to testimony shared. However, there will be limited comments from public officials to allow for as many testimonies as possible to be heard.



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