Join the Westchester Coalition for Police Reform and WESPAC as they speak with Detective Keith Olson, President of the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association and Damon Jones, Blacks in Law Enforcement of America's NY Representative, about policing, community relations and accountability in an era of emboldened white supremacy.
After Charlottesville: A Conversation with Local Law Enforcement
Thursday, September 7th at 7pm at the new WESPAC Office location:
77 Tarrytown Road, Suite 2W
White Plains/Greenburgh, NY 10607
This community forum is free and open to the public and will be facilitated by WESPAC Director Nada Khader. There is plenty of free parking on site. Take the driveway all the way to the top behind the building. For more information, call the WESPAC office at 914.449.6514.
If you would like to find events near you such as vigils, protests, and more, visit The Indivisible Project's Charlottesville page and type in your postcode or city at the bottom of the page. Here are some you can look into:
- The Alliance of Families for Justice–NY (AFJ-NY) is organizing The March For Justice, which you can find more information about here. They have tentative marching schedules in various cities and towns throughout New York State in August and September.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a hate crime, you can contact Stop Hate Project - Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights at +1-844-966-4283. If you have experienced or witnessed hate, you can tell your story to Communities Against Hate at 1-844-9-NO-HATE. The organization can also help you find resources including legal services, survivor assistance, medical services/mental health counseling, and community organizations if you call.
New York State governor Andrew Cuomo plans to advance legislation to to add the crimes of inciting to riot and targeted rioting against protected classes to the list of specified offenses under New York's hate crimes law. You can add your name here to become a citizen co-sponsor in support.
You can learn about current racial justice issues and how to act to help end them by visiting ACLU's page on their Racial Justice Program. If you would like more information about employment discrimination, you can look at Race Forward's Confronting Racial Bias at Work, which explains its origins, the laws involved, challenges, and solutions. You can read the PDF here, and watch the video here.