****CONTENT WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS NARRATIVES FROM BLACK VICTIMS OF POLICE AND JUSTICE SYSTEM ABUSE****
This is the video from our Town Hall today.
Special thanks to all those who attended, planned, and/or presented at our Town Hall on the #Macomb, #Illinois Police Department.
We wish to specially acknowledge the courage of the many Black victims who shared their painful traumas in the hopes of helping prevent other such tragedies. Nobody should have to go through what this community is putting them through.
We are extremely grateful to special guest, Renato Mariotti, for his generousity in sharing his time, expertise, and wisdom that we might be effective in helping our Black community members past and present receive some justice.
We appreciate Pastor Allen Henderson of Mt. Calvary COGIC for joining us today. His perspective should be heard by city hall, and we hope they invite him to speak.
Special thanks to the ACLU of Illinois, ACLU of IL – Peoria Area Chapter for their resources, time, and wisdom.
To all the Black community members who live in fear in our city, we see you. Let our work someday reflect the true apology you all deserve.
We will begin finding a way to dismantle the conditions that lead us white community members to uphold structural racism. We must. Our community is but a hollow shell of what it was even two years ago, and the disgusting, pervasive racism is in part to blame.
We wish to apologize for not getting to Raleigh Mitchell’s presentation. We will be reaching out and hope to help spread the news of the programs the are offering to Black men in our community.
As always, we offer our page for helping expand their outreach and networking efforts, and we encourage the Republican women to do so as well.
#BlackLivesMatter #ChiefBarkerMustGo #MissingByDesign #InvestigateMacombPD #Justice4Ariel #Justice4Keianna