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.
- 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.
- End the use of the prone restraint/hog tie maneuver.
- End the use of knee to neck maneuvers.
- Commit that all sheriff officers, deputies and staff shall have a duty to intervene.
- Commit to train all sheriff officers, deputy and staff in anti-racist policing and jail facility managment within 6 months.
- 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.
- Revise the Sheriff department’s annual report to include race, ethnicity, sex, sexual identification and native language data for each reporting subject.
- 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
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
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Forthcoming executive order will also expand unemployment insurance benefits for workers affected by COVID-19
Mar 17, 2020
Governor Roy Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force are holding a media briefing today at 2 pm. At that briefing, Governor Cooper will announce a new executive order in response to COVID-19 that closes restaurants and bars for dine-in customers but allows them to continue takeout and delivery orders. The executive order will also include an expansion of unemployment insurance to help North Carolina workers affected by COVID-19.
The order is expected to be effective by 5 pm today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
More information about the order and other updates on North Carolina’s response to COVID-19 will be available at today’s media briefing. The briefing is at 2 pm at Joint Force Headquarters, 1636 Gold Star Dr, Raleigh, NC 27607. View live stream here: https://www.ncdps.gov/storm-update
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CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS CALL ON CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS TO ADDRESS DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS ON BLACK AMERICANS
Marc Morial, Melanie Campbell, Derrick Johnson & Rev. Al Sharpton Question Availability of Testing and Care, Disruptions to Education and Employment
NEW YORK (March 16, 2020) – The nation’s leading civil rights organizations have requested an urgent meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer regarding racial equity in the coronavirus response proposal.
Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League; Melanie Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable; NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson and Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network, insisted that coronavirus response legislation must take racial equity into account.
“As we often say, when white America catches a cold, Black America gets pneumonia, and never has that metaphor been more apt,” Morial said. “Urban communities of color are likely to suffer the brunt of the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis and any legislative response must contain targeted relief.”
“We’re concerned about the impact it will have on children who are out of school and don’t have the broadband internet access they need for digital learning at home,” Campbell said, “And comprehensive paid family leave for all is needed now more than ever.”
“Low-income workers, who are disproportionately African-American, are the least likely to have paid sick leave,” Johnson said. “Black workers are more likely to face short-term layoffs or total loss of employment. How is the country going to address their plight?”
Sharpton noted that urban neighborhoods and communities of color often lack access to quality health care facilities.
“What efforts will be made to make testing freely available in urban and poor communities?” Sharpton asked. “We need to make sure that the relief offered in any coronavirus response plan does not bypass the communities most in need.”
The leaders said discussions would include the possibility of making some provisions of the response plan permanent.
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