Flatten the Curve of Inequality: Civic Engagement
Even during these difficult times, local governments must remain accessible and accountable to the public. With government mandated restrictions on public gatherings, alternatives should be available to elected officials and the public in order to support continued civic engagement and involvement.
Government affairs typically discussed in the public sphere should remain accessible to the public through several options including television, livestreaming online and teleconference. Meetings should also be recorded and made available online for people (with closed captioning in English and other languages) so the public can watch at their convenience.
Government bodies should provide multiple alternatives for people to provide public comment on items being discussed or voted on at regular or special meetings. Specifically, the public should be given the option to give public comment via email, online forms, over the phone or via videoconferencing. Additionally, language access services should be provided so that non-English speakers can listen to meetings, give public comment, and watch recordings of past meetings in their preferred language.
Government business is still being conducted during the pandemic and the public has a right to know and participate on civic matters. Support remote civic engagement!
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