PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –– Philadelphia voters will decide, in April, whether the city should have a permanent commission on African-American males.

Mayor Nutter signed a bill putting the question on the next ballot.

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There is a mayor’s commission on African-American males that Nutter established in his second term to study what makes the group disproportionately suffer from violence, unemployment and dislocation, and to offer solutions.

But with a new mayor coming in, Nutter supported making the commission permanent.

“Our city cannot reach its fullest potential until every citizen is on a path to success.”

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The Commission would have 30 members, making policy recommendations to city officials.

Councilman Curtis Jones sponsored the ballot measure.

“It is appropriate for us to look at the negative impacts of what happens, inner city to African-Americans. We should not just be stereotypes. We should also contribute to the solutions.”


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