FPWA CEO Jennifer Jones Austin is Appointed to Governor Hochul’s Community Commission on Reparations Remedies

For Immediate Release

March 1, 2024


Rachel Noerdlinger, rnoerdlinger@actumllc.com
Emma Brodsky, ebrodsky@actumllc.com

On Final Day of Black History Month, FPWA CEO Jennifer Jones Austin is Appointed to Governor Hochul’s Community Commission on Reparations Remedies

Commission Is Tasked With Addressing The Impact of Lingering Racial Discrimination in New York

New York, NY (March 1, 2024) — Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO and Executive Director of FPWA, issued the below statement today following her appointment to Governor Hochul’s newly formed New York State Community Commission on Reparations Remedies. The commission will examine the persisting impacts of slavery as reflected in modern day racial injustices and will submit a report with proposed recommendations to address these inequities.

“I am deeply honored to serve on the Community Commission on Reparations Remedies at this pivotal moment in our history. The formation of this commission, especially announced on the final day of Black History Month, is not just a recognition of the past injustices that have shadowed New York but a bold commitment towards healing and rectifying those deep-seated wounds.

Our work ahead is monumental. It involves not only acknowledging the painful legacy of slavery and systemic discrimination but actively crafting pathways to justice and equity. This commission represents a critical step forward in our collective journey towards civil rights and underscores New York’s leadership in what must become a national movement towards reconciliation and reparations.

As we embark on this journey, I am reminded of the immense responsibility we carry to not only study and reflect but to propose meaningful remedies that will transform lives and communities. New York is poised to lead by example, demonstrating that through understanding, action, and empathy, we can address the legacies of our past and build a more just and equitable future for all.”

About FPWA

FPWA is a leading, anti-poverty policy and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening human services organizations and faith institutions, and advancing economic opportunity and justice for New Yorkers with low incomes. Since 1922, FPWA has driven groundbreaking policy reforms to better serve those in need. We work to dismantle the systemic barriers that impede economic security and well-being, and strengthen the capacity of human services agencies and faith organizations so New Yorkers with lower incomes can thrive and live with dignity.

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