Update: Not so fast, says the Mayor's office. Dickert hasn't confirmed he'll attend the meeting, according to Public Information Officer Mark Eickhorst. The mayor is learning more about the meeting and we'll make a decision on whether to attend later, he said.
Original: The Racine NAACP announced Wednesday night that it has invited Mayor John Dickert to a "Community Leadership Meeting" at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 6, at City Hall, and that Dickert -- strongly rebuked earlier in the day by NAACP President Micheal Shields -- will attend.
The NAACP's statement quoted the mayor saying today, “Either help with the city's problems, or step out of the way. " The NAACP said it "welcomes the mayor's acknowledgement of the city's problems. The mayor's invitation to participate in bringing about citizen-based solutions coincides with the NAACP branch's already-planned Leadership Meeting. In keeping with its role as a civil rights organization representing the rights of all citizens, the Racine Branch NAACP announces the convening of a Community Leadership Meeting."
The NAACP said that besides the mayor it has contacted fifty community leaders representing all races, cultural and social-economic classes within the city.
The meeting's purpose "is to amass direct input from all segments of the community, covering the gamut of issues and problems facing Racine. The hope is to generate some citizen-based solutions to these very problems as recognized by the mayor in his statements of today. This diverse group of citizen representatives, will allow not just the mayor, but the entire community to see that these problems affect more than just the minority community."