In the City of Harrisonburg, Virginia, racial minorities make up 30% of the population but less than 10% of the workforce employed by the City. These racial disparities and discriminatory hiring practices have repeatedly been brought to the attention of City Council members and the City of Harrisonburg's Human Resource Department, to no avail.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects individuals against employment discrimination on the basis of race. Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations, as well as to the federal government.

It is unlawful to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of his/her race or color in regard to hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment. Title VII also prohibits employment decisions based on stereotypes and assumptions about abilities, traits, or the performance of individuals of certain racial groups. Title VII prohibits both intentional discrimination and neutral job policies that disproportionately exclude minorities and that are not job related...(I)t is also unlawful to retaliate against an individual for opposing employment practices that discriminate based on race or color, or for filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or litigation under Title VII.

Source: US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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Traffic speeds in excess of 55 miles per hour are common from Mosby Road South to Pleasant Valley Road.

As our city grows, I believe (if it isn't already part of the requirements of new development), that new commercial construction must include at least 10% green-space. This is to prevent our city from becoming all brick, glass, concrete, parking garages, parking lots etc. It can be accomplished in the form of landscaping, wide areas of grass and trees. It cannot include INDOOR green-space. I'd also add that a good portion of that green space should be flowering plants. Not the non-flowering (low insect) crops you see popping up everywhere.

Or offer a tax incentive (break) to those developers that include at least 10% green-space in their construction.

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The NW corner of rte 11 and Stine Spring/Erikson is undeveloped and an eyesore. We need a suite hotel in town, and a real diner (Friendly's), and a gas station there as well would create a solid anchor.

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The lights on Port Republic are not correct

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Build Shared Use Paths as outlined on the City map of Garbers Church Shared Use Paths to Connect Our Schools:

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Between Thanksgiving and Christmas take all the empty storefronts in Court Square and offer them to the different civic groups or school groups to set up window displays within them depicting what the holidays in Harrisonburg mean to them, lights, model trains, dioramas... go all out! It'll bring more people to the downtown area during the holiday season and help stifle a blight that are closed stores in a central area of our city... the community could vote on which window shows the most holiday spirit or represents Harrisonburg the best and that would get announced at First Night. Just a thought!

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Mary Maynor over 2 years ago

The city really needs to fix their sidewalks because they are a danger to public health and safety. I myself have fallen at least twice due to this. They need to be redone and not just patched up.

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