Ferguson commission reaction Live
The Ferguson Commission has held several meetings, and this week announced the hiring of a managing director.
Co-Chairs @ReverendStarsky and Rich McClure announced today that Bethany Johnson-Javois will become managing director of @StlChange.
#FergusonCommission picks a managing director & receives a $150,000 donation: http://t.co/jxlh194cGk via @STLtoday @stlchange
Proud to join in support of #FergusonCommission with other local foundations: https://t.co/r4Wtt2qLR2 @MoFoundHealth
We've joined with 5 other philanthropic orgs to support the #Ferguson Commission and together pledged $150k #STL http://t.co/ef514fNgBN
Johnson-Javois will be pad the same amount she makes as CEO of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network -- $138,915. One of her tasks will be developing a report outlining the commission's findings and recommendations. That report is due in September 2015.
The hiring raised questions among some regular Ferguson protesters.
Okay, I've been neutral about the #Ferguson Commission. But today's announcement of a Managing Director + $150k donation have me confused.
@lattegriot @Nettaaaaaaaa my confusion is about the process. I didn't even know there was a Managing Director. Or that she'd make 130k.
@deray @Nettaaaaaaaa that was mentioned in the first day, first meeting, were you there? during the business portion of the first meeting.
@lattegriot @Nettaaaaaaaa nope, I didn't make that meeting. I've watched them on the livestreams but missed this.
@deray @Nettaaaaaaaa at the first meeting, they said they were hiring for the day2day bc it is a lot in one year to do, a MG guides the work
Non-protesters also questioned the move.
@mollyrosestl what are you thinking about the $150k job for the Ferguson Commissioner. WTH?
@JaneDueker I thought that was planned & mentioned at or before 1st mtg. Either way - not a fan of the commission or this, really.
@mollyrosestl Hundreds of ppl volunteered who were not chosen, why not use them for free? I didnt hear they were “hiring” a commissioner
Nixon appointed Johnson-Javois to be a member of the commission; since she was hired as the director, she will become an ex-officio member.
Yesterday, it was announced the #FergusonCommission will be hiring on a manager for a 6-figure salary. It didn't sit well with protesters.
The #FergusonCommission, meanwhile, is primarily made up of members with comfortable lifestyles who don't deal with poverty, homelessness.
@lattegriot I really do hope, by September 2015, we're saying, "That was a worthwhile exercise, that #FergusonCommission. What a report!"
@seanjjordan I think we all want to see something tangible.Maybe their $ & influence will allow them to direct resources that we do not know
The co-chair of the commission, the Rev. Starsky Wilson, received several questions about the decision. He offered to talk with people on the phone.
@ReverendStarsky so you guys who aren't on the ground putting in work recieve 150 grand to do what exactly?
.@ReverendStarsky is getting it from Activists this morning, due to that 100+ salary they are handing to a commissioner & they r starving
I contacted @ReverendStarsky this morning about hiring some organizers for jobs they are qualified for. He seems receptive, let's see.