Demonstrators gathered outside the 29th Ward office earlier this week to call for the passage of the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance, which would overhaul police oversight. They want Ald. Chris Taliaferro, who heads the Chicago City Council’s Public Safety Committee, to put the proposal to a vote.
About 50 people gathered at La Follette Park Friday before marching to Chicago Board of Education member Dwayne Truss’ residence. They were protesting the contract between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department, and calling on Truss to vote against the contract at CPS’ Aug. 26th meeting.
ROYAL, a group of youths from Oak Park, led a march through Austin, Garfield Park and Oak Park last weekend. They were protesting police brutality and commemorating the death of Elijah McClain, a Black man who died while walking home from work last year in Colorado and after police put him in a choke hold.
Buses will leave Greater St. John Church, 1256 N. Waller, at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 2. Groups from across the city – including Violence Interrupters, the Coalition for a New Chicago, and The Leaders Network – will be meeting at 4 p.m. at Belmont and Lake Shore Drive.
State Rep. La Shawn Ford and U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis say relations between African-American communities and the police must improve, and there needs to be a true commitment to community policing.