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Rivera starts regular Assembly meetings with Alaska Black Caucus

Anchorage Assembly Chair Felix Rivera has scheduled a regularly calendared meeting with the Alaska Black Caucus. The first meeting is Sunday evening.

The meetings are the result of last year’s “I Can’t Breathe” resolution passed by the Anchorage Assembly in June during the height of summer riots, which are all but forgotten by the public.

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“To promote culturally sensitive dialogue in communities of color that includes language interpreters and continued peaceful and compassionate engagement as a welcoming community,” the resolution reads.

Rivera said the relationship between the Assembly and the Alaska Black Caucus has now been formalized and the conversations will take place on the fourth Sunday of every other month.

Rivera is under the pressure of a potential recall election in April for breaking the emergency order that limited the number of people allowed in gatherings to 15. He allowed more than 15 people in Assembly meetings, but they were people of his choosing.

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Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Why would you need language interpreters. If you live in America, learn to speak English and stop complaining about the life you have now that is better than where you came from.

  2. “To promote culturally sensitive dialogue in communities of color that includes language interpreters and continued peaceful and compassionate engagement as a welcoming community,”……wow, talk about patronizing language. Next he’ll pat them on the head and say “there, there, don’t worry children”. Rivera is the living embodiment of the sad state of our current assembly and much of our government at all levels.

  3. maybe one day some people will learn who is the real King to care more about what He thinks ( of you) and stop making ancestry heritage king stop putting self over others or judging others for offenses (you) deemed offensive. I know I did—– (deep breath gulp)

  4. Well then. Being born and raised in Anchorage, we weren’t exposed to the Lower 48’s apparent racism issues. My grandmother hired a wonderful black woman and, while she worked, I played with her son. We later played baseball together at the 9th and C ballfields and, eventually, played together on an Alaska State Championship Babe Ruth baseball team. THE only time I saw any semblance of division between races was at Central Jr. High School during the Watts riots in the late 60’s. Only then did VERY FEW African American kids confront whites. The rest of us – whether it was black, white, native or hispanic, got along great! In short, it was imported into an otherwise wonderfully integrated community. We’re seeing that here with Felix and this particular scenario: A solution looking for a problem. Leave it the hell alone, Riviera. We’re weren’t born guilty because… we’re not!! The problem is that we have all but two – sometimes three – assembly members that want to be part of the national progressive club and make amends for people we don’t know, aren’t related to and, who did things in the south during the 60’s because they were ignorant. Not my thing, not my fault and I ain’t paying for it.

    • Well said. In the 60’s, I was a military dependent pre-teen who lived on Fort Richardson. It was an integrated and harmonious community except for the typical schoolyard squabbles. There were no race or diversity concerns among the students or teachers. I experienced patriotism but also the concerns of South Vietnam U.S. military deployments and the Cold War threats with our neighbor, the Soviet Union.

  5. The black caucus should tell Felix to stick it. Ray Charles can see what he’s trying to do. Pander much? The caucus should be offended and Felix should be ashamed of himself.

  6. Hi Suzanne:
    Unrelated comment, but needed to get this out there, potential article for you.
    AO 2020-13, on the Assembly agenda for Tomorrow, Jan 26 is looking to codify a mask wearing requirement into Municipality law. No sunset date on it either.
    Your readers might want to know about it.

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