Public Safety

Baltimore, New Police Commissioner, Community Trust

BUILD Hopeful About New Commissioner

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Baltimore Sun

"Leaders of a community coalition that called for the resignation of Anthony Batts say the city has an opportunity for a fresh start after the police commissioner's firing.

BUILD

Organizing in Baltimore, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, Maryland IAF

BUILD's Call for Resignation Leads to Dismissal of Police Commissioner

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Baltimore Sun

At 12:37am Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, a group with 40 member congregations, schedules a Thursday news conference where they said they would call on Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts to resign.

BUILD

Community Policing, Shootings, Organizing in Connecticut

CONECT Organizes Forum to Address Public Safety

Thursday, June 25, 2015
FOX & More

"In response to clergy and neighborhood concerns about public safety Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, a multi-faith concern, hosted the forum facilitated by Pastor Bernadette Hickman-Maynard of Bethel AME and Pastor Anthony Bennett of Mount Aery Baptist Church.

Topics addressed included police response, neighborhood interaction and community policing, as well as the horrific shooting of nine people that left a man dead last week at Trumbull Gardens housing project."

CONECT

safe guns, Mayor DiBlasio, Do Not Stand Idly By, Rev. O'Connor, Joe Morris

Time For the Mayor to Lead on Gun Safety

Monday, June 8, 2015
NY Daily News Op-Ed

"Even as New York City wrestles with an increase in shootings, Mayor de Blasio is making a habit of missing opportunities to lead on gun safety. Softballs cross the city’s plate, and the mayor doesn’t bother to swing."

Metro IAF

Public Safety, Police, Community Policing, Gun Safety, Protest

Credit Cleveland [and GCC] for Largely Peaceful Protests

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Cleveland.com

What came through loud and clear this past week, however, is that -- rather than descend into violence and chaos -- the citizens of Cleveland chose to express their feelings of anger and dismay in a way that elevated their passionate message. Nothing got lost in a flash of fire or pile of rubble.

Maybe it was the call for peaceful protest by the Greater Cleveland Congregations...

GCC

Rev. Andrew Foster-Connors, Melissa Kelley, Rob English, Baltimore, Police, Jobs

BUILD Addresses Baltimore Eruption: 'Unrest is Generations in the Making'

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
NY Daily News

Why is anyone surprised that isolated young people from one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country took their anger to the streets? While we don’t condone looting and violence, our only surprise is that it hasn’t happened sooner.

BUILD

Greater Cleveland Congregations, Public Safety, Police Reform

Momentum Building Toward Meaningful Police Reform in Cleveland

Sunday, March 8, 2015
Cleveland.com

For all the anger and mistrust swirling around the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and the release of a critical U.S. Department of Justice report on the use of excessive force by Cleveland police, voices are being raised in clear expectation that meaningful change can be achieved.

GCC

Consent Decree, DOJ, Police, Tamir Rice, Racial Disparity, Use of Force

Greater Cleveland Congregations Integral Player in Police Consent Decree

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Politico Magazine

The Rev. Jawanza Colvin, who is head pastor at the storied and influential Olivet Church and co-chairs GCC with Rabbi Joshua Caruso and the Rev. Tracey Lind, says it’s important to understand the mood of the people....

GCC

Smart Guns, Gun Safety, 'Do Not Stand Idly By', Connecticut IAF

'Smart Gun' Technology is Common Sense

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
CT Post

Last week, a coalition of clergy in the state brought its effort called Do Not Stand Idly By to the steps of Edmund Town Hall in Newtown with a reasonable appeal for the sale of "smart guns"....

CONECT

Police Reform, Community Engagement, Community Organizing in Cleveland, Ohio IAF

Greater Cleveland Congregations Offer Reform Ideas to Cleveland Police

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
ABC News Net 5

The Greater Cleveland Congregations, a group of churches from all over Northeast Ohio, presented four main reform ideas to city, federal and county official Tuesday night.

More than 1,000 people packed a Cleveland church Tuesday to present these reform ideas which include: constitutional policing that focuses on treating everyone equally, community engagement, financial sustainability and reorganizing internal accountability.

GCC

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