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Statement Regarding Release of John Neville Video

Statement Regarding Release of John Neville Video

Having observed the utterly inhumane and callous manner in which five sheriff’s detention officers and a nurse took the life of Mr. John Neville, I am angry and heartbroken. Mr. Neville should be alive today. I pray for John Neville. I pray for his family.

I call on Sheriff Kimbrough and Forsyth County to immediately undertake the following reforms.

  1. Commit to a policy of full transparency under which the Sheriff’s Office agrees to inform the public about deaths in Sheriff’s custody, within 24 hours.
  2. End the use of the prone restraint/hog tie maneuver.
  3. End the use of knee to neck maneuvers.
  4. Commit that all sheriff officers, deputies and staff shall have a duty to intervene.
  5. Commit to train all sheriff officers, deputy and staff in anti-racist policing and jail facility managment within 6 months.
  6. Terminate the contract with medical services provider Wellpath. Multiple deaths have occurred during Wellpath’s tenure and at least five of those have resulted in lawsuits.
  7. Revise the Sheriff department’s annual report to include race, ethnicity, sex, sexual identification and native language data for each reporting subject.
  8. Establish an independent citizens review committee that will conduct annual audits of jail procedures.

I applaud District Attorney Jim O’Neill’s decision to charge the six individuals involved in Mr. Neville’s death and urge an aggressive prosecution.

I call on the State Legislature to reverse state laws that prevent the public from viewing police video without a court order. Repeatedly, failures around police video transparency have harmed people who have experienced illegal police violence, harmed police who would otherwise be exonerated, harmed the families of those involved and harmed our community.

Finally I applaud the work of the Triad Abolition Project and other advocates on the ground who’s advocacy and sacrifice brought the light of day to this matter.

– James Perry
President and CEO

Triad Food and Beverage Coalition partners with AT&T and Xcaret Mexican Grill and Cantina to provide free meals for essential workers & low-income residents

Triad Food and Beverage Coalition partners with AT&T and Xcaret Mexican Grill and Cantina to provide free meals for essential workers & low-income residents

Contact: Algenon Cash, Director, Winston-Salem Urban League’s Triad Food and Beverage Coalition 336.303.8535 or acash@eatdrinktriad.com

Winston-Salem, NC, June 19, 2020 – Today, the Triad Food and Beverage Coalition, in partnership with AT&T, Love Out Loud and Xcaret Mexican Grill and Cantina will provide 300 free meals to essential workers and low-income residents. The meals will be distributed this afternoon at Winston Lake YMCA at 901 Waterworks Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

The Triad Food and Beverage Coalition, a program of the Winston-Salem Urban League, launched its essential worker and low-income resident meals program with support from a $10,000 AT&T grant. Over seven weeks, the program is providing 2,100 meals to essential workers and low-income residents while simultaneously providing a much-needed influx of cash to local restaurants. The meals will be distributed by program partner, Love Out Loud.

Partner and General Manager of Xcaret, Juan Quiceno said, “We get to do what we do best and help the community at the same time. We couldn’t wait to fire up the grill!”

Algenon Cash, Director, Winston-Salem Urban League’s Triad Food and Beverage Coalition, said, “The COVID-19 crisis has made the work of the Triad Food and Beverage Coalition more important than ever. We are uniquely able to help the community by providing meals while supporting local restaurants that are in a time of need. This wouldn’t have been possible without AT&T’s partnership and support.

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About the Triad Food and Beverage Coalition

The Triad Food and Beverage Coalition is a program of the Winston-Salem Urban League, designed to promote a healthy food and beverage community by providing members with strategic programming, marketing assistance, operational support, and direct input on governmental affairs and administrative public policies that encourage regional economic growth.

About Winston-Salem Urban League

The Winston-Salem Urban League is a mission-driven non-profit organization focused on helping residents become financially secure and prepared to meet the demands of today’s job market through training, education, and job placement services. The agency provides comprehensive training and paid work experience program for over 300 seniors annually as well as the general public.

Annual Meeting 2020: Change Gone Come

Annual Meeting 2020: Change Gone Come

Join us for the Winston-Salem Urban League 2020 Annual Meeting. The Board and staff will honor individuals who have played key roles in furthering the Winston-Salem Urban League mission. The CEO will update members with successes from the current year and share his vision for the new fiscal year.

When: 6:00 PM, Thurs, June 25, 2020

Where: Zoom Video Conference

RSVP NOW

Important note The annual meeting is open to the public, but only members in good standing are allowed to vote.

Click here for a list of all members in good standing.

Click here to join.

 If you have questions about your member status, email member services at membership@wsurban.org

Members are advised that the membership will vote on revisions to the Winston-Salem Urban League’s Bylaws. You may click here to download the draft bylaws.

Triad Food and Beverage Coalition partners with AT&T and Xcaret Mexican Grill and Cantina to provide free meals for essential workers & low-income residents

Triad Food and Beverage Coalition partners with AT&T and Zesto Burgers & Ice Cream to provide free meals for essential workers & low-income residents

Contact: Algenon Cash, Director, Winston-Salem Urban League’s Triad Food and Beverage Coalition 336.303.8535 or acash@eatdrinktriad.com

Winston-Salem, NC, June 12, 2020 – Today, the Triad Food and Beverage Coalition, in partnership with AT&T, Love Out Loud and Zesto Burgers & Ice Cream will provide 300 free meals to essential workers and low-income residents. Roughly 300 meals, consisting of grilled chicken and mixed vegetables will be distributed this afternoon at Winston Lake YMCA at 901 Waterworks Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 shortly after 4:00 pm.

The Triad Food and Beverage Coalition, a program of the Winston-Salem Urban League, launched its essential worker and low-income resident meals program with support from a $10,000 AT&T grant. Over seven weeks, the program is providing 2,100 meals to essential workers and low-income residents while simultaneously providing a much-needed influx of cash to local restaurants.The meals are distributed by program partner, Love Out Loud.

Algenon Cash, Director, Winston-Salem Urban League’s Triad Food and Beverage Coalition, said, “The COVID-19 crisis has made the work of the Triad Food and Beverage Coalition more important than ever. We are uniquely able to help the community by providing meals while supporting local restaurants that are in a time of need. This wouldn’t have been possible without AT&T’s partnership and support.

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About the Triad Food and Beverage Coalition

The Triad Food and Beverage Coalition is a program of the Winston-Salem Urban League, designed to promote a healthy food and beverage community by providing members with strategic programming, marketing assistance, operational support, and direct input on governmental affairs and administrative public policies that encourage regional economic growth.

About Winston-Salem Urban League

The Winston-Salem Urban League is a mission-driven non-profit organization focused on helping residents become financially secure and prepared to meet the demands of today’s job market through training, education, and job placement services. The agency provides comprehensive training and paid work experience program for over 300 seniors annually as well as the general public.

Triad Food and Beverage Coalition partners with AT&T and Xcaret Mexican Grill and Cantina to provide free meals for essential workers & low-income residents

Triad Food and Beverage Coalition partners with AT&T and Young Cardinal Café to provide free meals for essential workers & low-income residents

Contact: Algenon Cash, Director, Winston-Salem Urban League’s Triad Food and Beverage Coalition 336.303.8535 or acash@eatdrinktriad.com

Winston-Salem, NC, June 5, 2020 – Today, the Triad Food and Beverage Coalition, in partnership with AT&T, Love Out Loud and Young Cardinal Café, to provide 300 free meals to essential workers and  low-income residents. Roughly 50 Meals will be distributed to essential workers at Ronald McDonald House, 419 S Hawthorne Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Then later in the day, roughly 250 meals will be available at Shiloh Baptist Church and Iglesia Cristiana sin Fronteras.

Shiloh Baptist Church 916 E. 12th St., 27101 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Iglesia Cristiana sin Fronteras 5490 Shattalon Drive, 27106 5:30 – 6:30 PM

The Triad Food and Beverage Coalition, a program of the Winston-Salem Urban League, launched its essential worker and low-income resident meals program with support from a $10,000 AT&T grant. Over seven weeks, the program provides meals to essential workers and low-income residents while simultaneously providing a much-needed influx of cash to local restaurants.

The Triad Food and Beverage Coalition, a program of the Winston-Salem Urban League, launched its essential worker and low-income resident meals program with support from a $10,000 AT&T grant. Over seven weeks, the program is providing 2,100 meals to essential workers and low-income residents while simultaneously providing a much-needed influx of cash to local restaurants.The meals will be distributed by program partner, Love Out Loud.

Adam Andrews, owner of Young Cardinal Café, said, “This is a trying time for our community. We want to be part of the solution.” Chef David Swing Jr., remarked, “Food is the great uniter. We can do what we do best while taking care of people in need and essential workers at the same time.”

Algenon Cash, Director, Winston-Salem Urban League’s Triad Food and Beverage Coalition, said, “The COVID-19 crisis has made the work of the Triad Food and Beverage Coalition more important than ever. We are uniquely able to help the community by providing meals while supporting local restaurants that are in a time of need. This wouldn’t have been possible without AT&T’s partnership and support

The Triad Food and Beverage Coalition, a program of the Winston-Salem Urban League, launched its essential worker and low-income resident meals program with support from a $10,000 AT&T grant. Over seven weeks, the program provides meals to essential workers and low-income residents while simultaneously providing a much-needed influx of cash to local restaurants.

Over seven weeks, the effort will partner with seven local restaurants to provide 2,100 meals to essential workers and low-income residents. The meals will be distributed by program partner, Love Out Loud.

Claire Calvin, owner of the Porch, Kitchen & Cantina, Alma Mexicana, and Canteen Market & Bistro, said, “We are honored to be part of this effort. It feels so amazing to be able to provide a service to the community in these dark days. We feed people in ways both physical and emotional.”

Algenon Cash, Director, Winston-Salem Urban League’s Triad Food and Beverage Coalition, said, “The COVID-19 crisis has made the work of the Triad Food and Beverage Coalition more important than ever. We are uniquely able to help the community by providing meals while supporting local restaurants that are in a time of need. This wouldn’t have been possible without AT&T’s partnership and support.

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About the Triad Food and Beverage Coalition

The Triad Food and Beverage Coalition is a program of the Winston-Salem Urban League, designed to promote a healthy food and beverage community by providing members with strategic programming, marketing assistance, operational support, and direct input on governmental affairs and administrative public policies that encourage regional economic growth.

About Winston-Salem Urban League

The Winston-Salem Urban League is a mission-driven non-profit organization focused on helping residents become financially secure and prepared to meet the demands of today’s job market through training, education, and job placement services. The agency provides comprehensive training and paid work experience program for over 300 seniors annually as well as the general public.


Statement Regarding Release of John Neville Video

The cries for justice have gone unheard long enough…

STATEMENT FROM URBAN LEAGUE LEADERS
For immediate release
Contact James Perry, jperry@wsurban.org


National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial, along with Urban League affiliate leaders from around the country, issued the following statement in response to the civil unrest sweeping the nation:

Our communities are overwhelmed with grief. We are heartsick over the inhumanity we have witnessed in the recent deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.  We are appalled by the callous response from the authorities who shrugged in the face of evil.
Cities across the nation have erupted in rage and despair. As civil rights leaders who are committed to racial justice, we share the protesters’ anguish, and the heartbreak of the communities where uprisings have turned violent.
There are those who are inciting violence and mayhem. And there are those engaged in peaceful protest. No one should assume they are the same people, and we refute any attempt to discredit or dismiss the just cause for which people are marching based on infiltrators bent on sabotage. We support the right of citizens to engage in peaceful protest. We condemn the use of excessive force to dispel demonstrations. 

We are hearing what Martin Luther King, Jr., famously called “the language of the unheard.”  When George Floyd begged for his life as Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s throat, he was unheard.  The onlookers pleading with Chauvin to stop were unheard.

The cries for justice have gone unheard long enough. 
 
The long-overdue arrests of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers and one of the officers involved in George Floyd’s death are merely a first step in a long journey.  The other officers involved in Floyd’s killing also must be held accountable.

The Urban League Movement has proposed specific recommendations for police reform and accountability. These include the widespread use of body cameras and dashboard cameras, revision of use-of-force policies, officer training and hiring standards, and the immediate appointment of independent prosecutors to investigate police misconduct.
But even more than these measures, we need a revision of our culture. It’s a culture that teaches a white woman walking her dog in Central Park that racially-motivated police brutality is a weapon she can use to enforce her own preferred social code. 
 
As we pursue these measures to reform the police in our communities, we call upon all community leaders, elected officials, corporate leaders and social institutions to join us in pursuing policies that promote racial reconciliation.

The Urban League Movement is comprised of the National Urban League and its 90 affiliates, serving 300 communities in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

Marc H. Morial, National Urban League
Gilbert Bland, Urban League of Hampton Roads
N. Charles Anderson, Urban League of Detroit & Southeast Michigan
Phyllis Nichols, Knoxville Area Urban League
Germaine Smith-Baugh, Urban League of Broward County
Esther Bush, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
Otha Meadows, Charleston Urban League
Tiffany Majors, Greater Baltimore Urban League
Jennifer Lesko, Broome County Urban League
Eddie L. Koen, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio
Cassandra Jennings,  Greater Sacramento Urban League
Warren Logan, Urban League of Greater Chattanooga
Andrea Custis, Urban League of Philadelphia
James T. McLawhorn, Columbia Urban League
Parris Smith, Lorain County Urban League
Ray King, Urban League of San Diego County
George Dean, Greater Phoenix Urban League  
Arva Rice, New York Urban League  
Thomas Warren, Urban League of Nebraska
Nancy Flake Johnson, Urban League of Greater Atlanta 
Michelle Merriweather, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
James Perry, Winston-Salem Urban League
Sorraya Sampson, Urban League of Westchester County 
P.G. Peeples, Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County
Patrick Franklin, Urban League of Palm Beach County
Henry Thomas, Urban League of Springfield 
Muhammad Umar, Urban League of Hudson County 
Brenda McDuffie, Buffalo Urban League
Watson Haynes,  Pinellas County Urban League
William Barnes, Birmingham Urban League
George  Dean, Greater Phoenix Urban League
Dr. Eve M. Hall, Milwaukee Urban League
Ruben Anthony, Urban league of Greater Madison
Judy Morse, Urban League of Louisiana
Erin Houston,  Shenango Valley Urban League
Glenton Gilzean, Central Florida Urban League
Theodia Gillespie, Quad County Urban League
Diane Stevens Robinson, Greater Stark County Urban League
Teddy McDaniel, Urban League of Central Carolinas
Teresa LeGrair, Akron Urban League
Scott  Hamilton, Arkansas Urban League
Nina Harris, Springfield Urban League Inc.
Twina Nobles, Tacoma Urban League
Tonja Sesley-Baymon, Memphis Urban League
George H. Lambert Jr., Greater Washington Urban League  
Steve Belton, Urban League of the Twin Cities  
Sadiqa Reynolds,  Louisville Urban League
Valerie Thompson, Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City 
Marsha Mockabee, Urban League of Greater Cleveland
Richard Dogan, Urban League of the Upstate
Vanessa Allen McCloud, Urban League of Northwest Indiana
David Hopkins, Urban League of Greater Hartford
Gwendolyn Grant, Urban League of Greater Kansas City
Vivian Fraser, Urban League of Essex County
Karen Freeman-Wilson, Chicago Urban League
Seanelle Hawkins,  Urban League of Rochester, Inc.
James Hall, Urban League of Racine and Kenosha
Thomas Conley, Greater-Warren Youngstown Urban League
Stephanie Hightower, Columbus Urban League  
Laraine Bryson, Tri-County Urban League
Clifton Harris,  Urban League of Middle Tennessee
Quincy Dunlap, Austin Area Urban League
Beneta Burt, Mississippi Urban League
James Hall, Urban League of Racine/Kenosha
Vincent Bell, Urban League of Greater Columbus
Michael Lawson, Los Angeles Urban League
Michael McMillian, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
Patrick Franklin, Urban League of West Palm Beach County
Tony Mason, Indianapolis Urban League
Richard Danford, Jacksonville Urban League
Judson Robinson Houston Area Urban League
Nina Harris Springfield Urban League

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