Facing the Killings of Young Black Men, ECCO Sherriff’s Forum

September 28, 2016

Over the past two weeks, we have witnessed the senseless killings of 13 year-old Tyre King from Columbus OH, 40 year-old Terence Crutcher from Tulsa OK, 43 year-old Keith Lamont Scott from Charlotte NC, and Alfred Olango in El Cajon, CA, all at the hands of police.  We lament the death of all of God’s children, and the pain of their families and communities.


Here in Essex County, we face many of the same realities of poverty and racial inequality.  In order to ensure that we do not face the same kind of violence in our area, we must work toward reforming our criminal justice system. It is critical that there is mutual respect and collaboration between community and law enforcement.


That is why we are holding our ECCO Sheriff Candidates Forum, and putting dignity and equality at the center of the public conversation.  Join us!


When: Thursday, October 6th at 7pm

Where: St. Stephen’s, 74 S. Common St. in Lynn.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/eccosheriff

Flyer: Click here.

As Rev. William Barber II of the Moral Mondays Movement wrote last week in the New York Times, “This week our decision is as clear as ever: it’s the ballot or the riot. We who believe in the possibility of democracy must mobilize to vote like never before.” 


I hope you will join me in putting faith in our democracy, both by attending at the Sheriff’s forum and by joining us every week for Voter Thursdays (5-7pm) and Voter Sundays (3-5pm) to educate and mobilize voters.  The future is in our hands.


In blessings and solidarity,

Rev. Viola Morris Buchanan, Bethel AME

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