Black Lives Matter/Ypsi PD joint task force meeting

Monday  11 July  2016  7:00 PM    Monday  11 July  2016 11:00 PM
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The Ypsilanti Police-Community Relations/ Black Lives Matter Joint Task Force will meet "to figure out how to concretely change policies, training, practices, and oversight in a way that avoids senseless killing like this. The work isn't fast enough for some people, but the discussions take time, and the learning takes time, for the work to be meaningful and the change to be more than a token resolution. I do hope you'll consider this as one route to channel your rage and anger.." [Mayor Amanda Edmonds] All interested persons are welcome to attend.

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Misha Tuesday Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 17/07/2016 22:08
This event page will no longer be used for discussion. If you'd like to stay informed and engaged with the task force and other local anti-racist action, please join this group.
Andrew J Chavez
-- 17/07/2016 22:08
Take your black lives matter to MacArthur Blvd. maybe help some of the lost kids over that way. Has to start with the young.
Josie Kusner
-- 17/07/2016 22:08
Stupid question. What group? Link please.
Chelita Robinson-Lucas
-- 17/07/2016 22:08
It's at the top of the page...click stay woke Ypsi
Nancy Thome Behm
-- 17/07/2016 22:08
https://www.facebook.com/events/630638967102569/

Bee Roll Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 17/07/2016 02:27
Is there a Facebook group yet for notes and conversation surrounding this? It feels strange to put Misha Tuesday on the spot for the trolling happening, but it would be nice to organize some accountability and action surrounding the task force meetings/outcomes as well as garner discussion on issues in a moderated (troll free) space. If anyone knows of an existing group, please share; if not, I volunteer to start it and would want to recruit other moderators before August's meeting.
Shannon Lee
-- 17/07/2016 02:27
Good idea.
Misha Tuesday
-- 17/07/2016 02:27
Such a group would be useful to coordinate community involvement.
Susan Melke
-- 17/07/2016 02:27
good idea Bee, I could help moderate if you would like. I have lots of time

Linda Yohn Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 15/07/2016 19:44
Terri Wilkerson - just want to say I am proud that I know you. I heard you at the end of last Monday's meeting and applaud your efforts for peace and justice.
Terri Wilkerson
-- 15/07/2016 19:44
Thank you for being part of my beloved community- and the shout out.

Terri Wilkerson Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 14/07/2016 16:23
For those of you wanting to stay involved and show support for reform - Town Hall Meeting on Policing hosted by Rep. Debbie Dingell and Sheriff Jerry Clayton Thursday, July 21, EMU Student Center Ballroom 6:00-7:00 is a unity prayer session and 7-9 is the moderated by David Fair of WEMU radio. Details: jacksond@ewashtenaw.org I've emailed and asked for more info - and requested a FB page for it (whether they do it or we do it).

Ethan Koernke Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 13/07/2016 01:18
Educate yourselves!
Emma Isadora Garrett
-- 13/07/2016 01:18
o.O
Mark Maynard
-- 12/07/2016 18:27
Thanks.
Cila Evans
-- 12/07/2016 18:27
Lord help me, I printed out the comments page...
Ashley Taylor
-- 12/07/2016 18:27
Will there be another meeting?
Katie Gibson
-- 12/07/2016 18:27
I noted that the task force meets the 2nd Monday of every month at City Hall. Can anyone confirm? I found a description of the task force but no upcoming meeting dates. http://cityofypsilanti.com/581/Police-Community-RelationsBLM-Joint-Task
Misha Tuesday
-- 12/07/2016 18:27
2nd Monday of every month is what I heard.

Johanna Goodman Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 12/07/2016 14:43
The comments in this discussion even post event are alarming and show how much work truly needs to be done. Perhaps young minds need to be educated sooner- every school in America needs to implement some mandatory training like this:
Kjirsten Johnson Blander
-- 12/07/2016 14:43
Jane Elliott is a total badass.

Mark Maynard Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 12/07/2016 13:55
My notes about last night. I covered 7:00 to 9:37. If you were there afterward, please fill in the blanks. Thanks.
http://markmaynard.com/2016/07/members-of-the-ypsilanti-community-talk-with-city-officials-about-living-in-fear-of-the-police-and-how-we-can-make-things-better/
Donald Harrison
-- 12/07/2016 13:55
Thanks for covering this event, Mark - much appreciated.
Clare Kinberg
-- 12/07/2016 13:55
Mark, don't know you, but I was there for the part as you. Thanks for the comprehensive coverage. wish mlive would print your whole report.
Lauren Slagter
-- 12/07/2016 13:55
MLive covered the event http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/07/ypsilanti_residents_take_on_po.html#incart_river_mobile_home
Janette Rook
-- 12/07/2016 13:55
That was so impactful & also church giggles funny when that guy walked over with his hands raised
Ethan Koernke
-- 12/07/2016 13:55
What the real argument should be. Not race. The skin argument is Bunk. We are all being treated the same, because of the Bankers have made us Collateral against the National Debt. This film is very Comprehensive! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mtY0dLfK1Y

Deb Freer Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 12/07/2016 13:38
I'm sorry I just now read the invitation. Please keep me on the list for the next meeting.

Yen Azzaro Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 12/07/2016 11:34
Thank you, everyone, for coming together. Let's keep the momentum going.
https://500px.com/nazzaro7/galleries/07-11-16-blm-ypsi-pd-joint-task-force-at-ychs
Katy Greenwald
-- 12/07/2016 11:34
Do you know when the next meeting/event will be, Yen? We couldn't make it to this one but would like to attend if there's another.
Ethan T. Terrell
-- 12/07/2016 11:34
Is that Anne Brown I see? I see you lady

Bee Roll Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 12/07/2016 11:05
So, the task force meets the 2nd Monday of each month. What will we inspire?
http://www.joincampaignzero.org/#vision
Emma Isadora Garrett
-- 12/07/2016 11:05
I wonder if they can set up an overflow parking area for the next meeting? And/or more space for the meeting itself? or do they think turnout will be progressively smaller?

Lourdes Garrison Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 12/07/2016 05:56
Jes, Please read the statistics and do some research. It should be that all lives MaTTER, regardless of color, race , or religion! The majority of these thugs are the ones creating this horrendous situ ation!
Malorie Edwards
-- 12/07/2016 05:56
You're in California? What, did the white supremacists send out the alarm to troll this event or something? Get out of your feelings. #FuckYourComfort
Denise Shelemey Dalphond
-- 12/07/2016 05:56
Why is this post even allowed on this page still? All ideas are not equal. Your contribution is incorrect and unacceptable.
Jess Garrison
-- 12/07/2016 05:56
Hey guys this is my grandma. Her and I may disagree but there's no need for hate and anger. I appreciate your concern grandma but I HAVE done my research. And as much as all lives SHOULD matter, they don't right now and I'm going to do whatever I can to help change it for the better. I want to be a part of something bigger. I want to unite people together. So that's what I'm going to do.
Beth Feldkamp
-- 12/07/2016 05:56
Making the statement that ALL lives matter is a lack of research. All lives are not treated equal and this is the problem. Also the usage of "thug" is furthering stereotypes....guess that's why they say ignorance is bliss. #BLACKLIVESMATTER

Ethan Koernke Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 12/07/2016 05:05
After the Oklahoma City Bombing. They shot their own people in the Police Department. It was a 5 man Fire Team that attacked the people in Dallas, Texas. It was the same in OKC, The ATF had calls all week long and abandoned the building on the Fifth day of Bomb Threats. Research about that Bombing. This is for Disarming the Veterans, and Americans.
Ethan Koernke
-- 12/07/2016 05:05
Check at 5:00 min.
Ethan Koernke
-- 12/07/2016 05:05
Kick Soros and the Banksters to the way side. Learn it! Use it! And keep government in it's Place! Beneath the people! http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights.html
Ethan Koernke
-- 12/07/2016 05:05
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mtY0dLfK1Y

Crystal Reed Botten Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 12/07/2016 03:23
Oh ok

Johanna Goodman Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 12/07/2016 01:29
Powerful testimonials Will actions steps that task force takes as a result of tonight be made public and where?
Ethan Koernke
-- 12/07/2016 01:29
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1657400991140115&set=pb.100006106894609.-2207520000.1468295840.&type=3&size=642%2C610

Melissa Rutan Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 12/07/2016 00:28
I'm so sad I wasn't able to join this event tonight. I hope there will be more.

Clare Kinberg Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 12/07/2016 00:21
I don't know how many people the Ypsi HS auditorium holds, but it is standing room only, maybe over 700 people. Well-run informative meeting, and lines of people wanted to comment and ask questions, it could go on for hours.
Marcy Epstein
-- 12/07/2016 00:21
Let it go on and on, with lives protected.
Ethan Koernke
-- 12/07/2016 00:21
Look at 42 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPpkLM05ht4

Teresa Gillotti Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 11/07/2016 23:13
Great crowd!
Julie Martin Corey
-- 11/07/2016 23:13
I looked for you! I was way down in front. Thx for sending the invite
Janette Rook
-- 11/07/2016 23:13
So glad to see so many
Susan Melke
-- 11/07/2016 23:13
Such good questions and comments were heard
John Delcamp
-- 11/07/2016 23:13
How long will the community keep the pressure up to encourage change. Retaining police officers should be a priority. Monetary 'fines' for civil infractions need to be taken out of the justice system.

Jennifer Garcia Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 11/07/2016 22:59
I'm not sure I will be able to make it tonight. I love and respect this event! I will be praying that there is a general understanding that problems exist, even if there isn't an absolute agreement on the root of the problem, but that the focus is on solutions. I hope brilliant people come together with great solutions that fulfill all of our needs. Because I believe in the big picture everybody does truly want that. That's my optimism kicking in. I'm holding the cynical/pessimistic side down as hard as I can and I am looking forward to positive outcome with positive media coverage on this event! ✌🏽❤️
Ethan Koernke
-- 11/07/2016 22:59
Check 42 Min in. What is Al Sharpten doing demanding that all Whites be killed? Exactly what the "D.J." is in this film. Don't be a BLM just be an American. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPpkLM05ht4
Jennifer Garcia
-- 11/07/2016 22:59
You are not coming up with solutions, you are adding fuel to an already well lit fire. We know there are problems, many disagree on the root, time to move on to collective solutions. And I actually love wine, typically a Reisling if you are looking to gift some.
Ethan Koernke
-- 11/07/2016 22:59
No. I am first asking a question. Why do certain people in the Media want riots? The same reason the Communists had provocateurs doing it in Soviet Russia. Recognize the real Enemy and who is in fact working with Police. Like Jessie Jackson. The reason is Burning down your own home, your neighbors home, and the business in your Neighborhood, is STUPID. IT ACCOMPLISHES NOTHING. And trying to say they are the victims for falling for this Tactic of Governments that have used for Millennia is ridiculous.
Ethan Koernke
-- 11/07/2016 22:59
Or you can be nothing more than the Lynch mob you are. And En-sighting a lynch mob is a crime. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC_S4AOsb2Y
Jennifer Garcia
-- 11/07/2016 22:59
If you're not here to help, move along.

Cesarina Fuortes Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 11/07/2016 22:44
I can't make it tonight. Please let me know about future events

Beth Respess Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 11/07/2016 22:21
broken-hearted that i can't be there - please keep me posted for future events
Ethan Koernke
-- 11/07/2016 22:21
Check 42 Min in. What is Al Sharpten doing demanding that all Whites be killed? Exactly what the "D.J." is in this film. Don't be a BLM just be an American. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPpkLM05ht4

Marlena Shuler Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 11/07/2016 22:05
I would like to see a meeting where people show up and write tips on 8x11 ish paper, addressing these issues in large font so they could be seen easily. I'd like to see them posted around the walls and see people roll up their sleeves, read them and find some ideas for working towards something better. Then, break into small groups and brainstorm about our community specifically. Work together. Listen to each other. Go home with action items and then follow through. No, it might not be exciting, but this is a serious issue and needs serious work. Real work. Instead of waving slogan signs, I'd love to see posters with actual ideas for improvement. Tips like, google "Project Implicit" to take tests to explore personal implicit bias. I found it helpful. Is there any interest for this kind of thing? or is it too boring?
Cara Augustine
-- 11/07/2016 22:05
I like these ideas. I personally still am getting a lot of value in just talking about the problem, however I see tons of people saying "let's stop talking and start doing!" I feel like the "doing" part needs to be people getting honest and soul searching with how they view black/white lives. People can't just say "I have several black/white friends" and think that's proof they don't harbor racist beliefs. Having activities that make people face their personal beliefs would be important
Marlena Shuler
-- 11/07/2016 22:05
Having activities that would allow people to understand each other would help us all form a personal "to do" list. We all have different resources, skills and interests and so our "to do" lists will all be different. We will all be taking personal accountability for working at substantial contributions and not just accusing others of not doing it the way we want them to do it.
Keith Geiselman
-- 11/07/2016 22:05
There is a proven process called Open Space--it works wonders to walk away with a proactive agenda all in the space of 3 hours and can accommodate an unlimited number of people. I've done it and it works!! http://openspaceworld.org/wp2/

Janelle Fa'aola Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 11/07/2016 22:01
Are meeting minutes accessible anywhere afterward for those who cannot attend?
Marlena Shuler
-- 11/07/2016 22:01
Minutes from these meetings have always been on the city website.
Janelle Fa'aola
-- 11/07/2016 22:01
Thanks!
Malorie Edwards
-- 11/07/2016 22:01
Hopefully that's what the guy stuck to the freaking laptop is doing. Smdh.
Marlena Shuler
-- 11/07/2016 22:01
He was taking notes on people's concerns, questions and comments. He takes his notes on a lap top and he got 7 pages of notes. A couple of the other task force members use pencil and paper. They want to hear people when they speak, but the comments are fast and continuous. Remember how many people spoke? In order to remember everything later they need notes. It wouldn't be fair if they listened and just relied on their memories later to discuss what had been said. The more dramatic or theatrical speaker might be remembered, while the quieter, less powerful speaker could be forgotten.

Helen Maynard Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 11/07/2016 21:51
cant make it tonight due to work but please keep me posted on these meetings

Karen Ormsby Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 11/07/2016 20:58
http://wemu.org/post/community-police-relations-be-explored-ypsilanti-high-school#stream/0. They changed the location
http://wemu.org/post/community-police-relations-be-explored-ypsilanti-high-school#stream/0
Karen Ormsby
-- 11/07/2016 20:58
It's packed up here
Ethan Koernke
-- 11/07/2016 20:58
Be aware! Check 42 Min in. What is Al Sharpten doing demanding that all Whites be killed? Exactly what the "D.J." is in this film. Don't be a BLM just be an American. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPpkLM05ht4
Ethan Koernke
-- 11/07/2016 20:58
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1657400991140115&set=pb.100006106894609.-2207520000.1468297273.&type=3&size=642%2C610
Ethan Koernke
-- 11/07/2016 20:58
Al Sharpton is the the provocateur/pimp in the club. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=646ZGpdhbdE

Inge Valkyrie Bloodaxe Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 11/07/2016 17:54
I really want to go!!! But I'm going on vacation with my boyfriend today T.T Best of luck, everyone!!!!

Pandy Arrieta Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 11/07/2016 17:54
I won't be able to go as I will be going to sleep when it starts. I have to leave at 3:45am for my trip tomorrow. Thanx for the invite and really wish I could participate.
Carole Gibson
-- 11/07/2016 17:54
Happy Trails!

Kristen J Cuhran Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 11/07/2016 16:19
I leave this here as something to think about before tonight's meeting.
https://medium.com/embrace-race/something-more-is-required-of-us-now-what-58e8ec2885b8#---612-875.4in3cp8a3
Ethan Koernke
-- 11/07/2016 16:19
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1657400991140115&set=pb.100006106894609.-2207520000.1468297273.&type=3&size=642%2C610

Darius T. Fowlkes Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 11/07/2016 03:55
I cannot make this meeting, but I am glad that this is being held. I have invited several people in Ypsi/Belleville/Canton/Ann Arbor who are not connected through Facebook and they have beamed about being able to attend. Increase the Peace!

Sharonda Huff Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 10/07/2016 22:09
Is this event being put on by the Mayor and police only? Or will there actually be BLM representatives as well?
Cristy Cardinal
-- 10/07/2016 22:09
Great question.
Sharonda Huff
-- 10/07/2016 22:09
Anthony Morgan, will you be in attendance speaking? I know you've done a lot of work and covered a lot of ground.
Amanda Edmonds
-- 10/07/2016 22:09
Hi Sharonda. This is a City of Ypsilanti public meeting that was already scheduled. Because of the increased interest the location was changed to accommodate more people. It's a meeting of the City's Police-Community/Black Lives Matter Task Force established last September. The Task Force has been working on the specific policy changes recommended nationally by Campaign Zero-- specifically around Citizen Complaint processes re: police and Police Oversight. I don't actually serve on it but will be there tonight. Councilwoman Nicole A. Brown co-chairs it with John Shuler, the chair of the City's Human Relations Commission, and Councilmembers Anne Brown and Brian Robb serve on it, along with two other citizens who are members of the Human Relations Commission. As with all of the meetings of this Task Force, everyone is invited and welcome to attend, and we're excited so many people want to join. Because of the interest, the agenda has been changed so that the meeting will give a chance for the audience to understand the Task Force and their work, and then share their feelings on how they'd like to best engage. We know many people will attend from outside of the City of Ypsi-- and we totally welcome that-- but this meeting will focus on the City's specific work around these issues with our Ypsilanti Police Department.
Anthony Morgan
-- 10/07/2016 22:09
What has come of the 7 months of tas force deliberation and conversations? I believe these group therapy sessions are a play on the community's intellect, emotion and need of direction. Sharonda Huff, many of the conversations are to ease conscience and were never brought up in proactive lights rather reactionary compassion. I will be in audience. The city council has failed miserably including Ralph Lange, hallelujah on his less than diverse stances on community engagement. They [The Mayor and city council] hav only followed the path of conversations others have led and have trailblazed little.
Marcy Epstein
-- 10/07/2016 22:09
Mayor, I respectfully suggest that you allot time at the top of this evening's program for a member of Black Lives Matters to speak to what they need from the taskforce in place. I understand it means a second sort of deviation from the regular meeting. It might make for a more efficient use of our time. I think it is clear that there is high tension to this meeting. Many of us in the community want tonight to communicate to the task force as well as hear reports of accountability and progress. For this meeting, I would like first to hear from the particular group whose name specifies the collaboration between black protestors and our representatives. Thank you.
Emily Drennen
-- 10/07/2016 22:09
Lindasusan
Anthony Morgan
-- 10/07/2016 22:09
People are positions that they chosr. The people are not in question, their solution driven strategies, small victories for the people and their list of tasks that they plan to accomplish. Those things are in question for all in leadership, us the publuc and those volunteering to make the world better. And ventung in a safe, prederermined, half-scripted setting IS CERTAINLY group therapy, for not one credible framework, tool or method was introduced by the panel. No collective agendas, no timeline of findings, no bench warrant reports...etc People in public office cannot afford to take public opinions personal, its our right. No offense.

Julie Vanderhoff Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 10/07/2016 20:50
Wish I could be there with you. Peace and love. ☮❤️

Bee Roll Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 10/07/2016 18:14
I truly hope we have hundreds show up to listen and engage, and I truly hope us white folks don't make it about us. ❤️ Two things (aside from the location change) 1) a worthwhile read for those getting involved: http://www.afsc.org/friends/note-to-self-white-people-taking-part-blacklivesmatter-protests 2) many of you are interested in attending but are outside the Ypsi PD jurisdiction: please consider approaching your respective community leaders and police departments. This doesn't mean you shouldn't attend, but rather, maybe come listen and take back gleanings and action steps...
http://www.afsc.org/friends/note-to-self-white-people-taking-part-blacklivesmatter-protests
Mike Murphy
-- 10/07/2016 18:14
That America's Police are out of control is an indisputable fact recognized by the USDOJ and the Dallas Police Department's very own Chief Brown. A DAILY accounting of just a fraction of police malfeasance, criminality, and sexual deviance can be found at the CATO Institutes National Police Misconduct Reporting Project . . . - - - #Dallas #AltonStering #Alton #Philandro #PhilandoCastile #BLM #BlackLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter #WhatNow [ http://www.policemisconduct.net/ ]
Stephanie Sabine
-- 10/07/2016 18:14
Last year in the United state's 1% of African American civilians were killed by the police, 2% of African American civilians were killed by Caucasian civilians, 3% of Caucasian civilians were killed by the police, 16% of Caucasian civilians were killed by Caucasian civilians, 81% of Caucasians civilians were killed by African American civilians, 97% of African American civilians were killed by African American civilians. Now as of July 2016 484 men and 25 female's were killed by the police. The number of African Americans killed by the police is 123, the number of Caucasians killed by the police is 238, the number of Hispanics killed by police is 79, number of people filed under "other" that does not include any African Americans in the files consists of Russians, Italians, Asians, Irish, Scottish, British is 23, and the number of people filed under "unknown ethnicities" that does not include any African Americans in the files and consists of people from the middle east, Indians is 46. So my questions is why protest "black lives matter." and act like cops are only racist to African Americans and murder only Africans and Americans, when the numbers of african Americans killed by police has been lower the Caucasians being killed by police both last year and this year? Why protest black lives matter at Caucasians and police and act like every white person is an evil racist when 97% of African Americans were killed by African Americans? Why protest for only ONE ethnic group, when the corrupt and murderous police are killing any one with any skin color and nationality just because they can. We all need to stand together and and let it be known we aren't taking any more shit from police or civilians of the same skin color and nationality killing eachother! #alllivesmatter #noteverycopisbad #butthecorruptcopsneedtogo #protectandservenotbeatandmurder #outwiththebadcopsinwiththegoodcops #peopleofthesameethnicitiesstopkillingeachother
Lisa Marshall Bashert
-- 10/07/2016 18:14
That was a helpful post from the AFSC. I appreciate their perspective--having worked there, I trust them completely.
Ethan Koernke
-- 10/07/2016 18:14
Check 42 Min in. What is Al Sharpten doing demanding that all Whites be killed? Exactly what the "D.J." is in this film. Don't be a BLM just be an American. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPpkLM05ht4
Ethan Koernke
-- 10/07/2016 18:14
Al Sharpton is the the provocateur/pimp in the club. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=646ZGpdhbdE

Cobleigh Modrack Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 10/07/2016 17:55
Would it be okay to join late? I see now that it lasts until 11. I have a meeting from 7:30-9:30 but would like to attend for what I can, even if it's just an hour.
Amanda Edmonds
-- 10/07/2016 17:55
Hi Cobleigh. The task force meetings usually last no later than 7-9 pm, but because of the greatly increased interest tomorrow's may go later. You are welcome to stop in and see if it's still going on.
Cobleigh Modrack
-- 10/07/2016 17:55
Cool thanks!

Jenny Bee Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 10/07/2016 17:32
Is anyone willing/able to make a writeup and share? I want to attend but do not think I can.
Anna de Martino
-- 10/07/2016 17:32
I am working when the meeting happens, I posted this to spread the word but also can't attend. If anyone can do a writeup on this I would love to read it.
Amanda Edmonds
-- 10/07/2016 17:32
The meeting minutes of this task force are always posted on our city website under Agenda/Minutes section-- http://cityofypsilanti.com/AgendaCenter

Misha Tuesday Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 10/07/2016 17:27
IMPORTANT LOCATION CHANGE-- from Mayor Amanda Edmonds: Thanks to our Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson, we are going to be able to accommodate this increased interest by meeting in the auditorium of Ypsi High School-- on the corner of Packard & Hewitt-- where there is ample seating and ample parking. Please share on any posts you've made about this meeting the new location for our 7pm meeting on Monday, July 11. We-- myself as Mayor and Councilmember Nicole Brown, who co-chairs the task force that has been meeting since last September with John Shuler of our Human Relations Commission, are thrilled that there is so much interest in engaging in our ongoing process. In light of so many new people joining our dialogue, Councilmember Brown and I decided to revamp the agenda for tomorrow's meeting. We will step back to give a chance for those attending to hear about the Task Force overall, and what's been done in the last 9 months by City Council, our Human Relations Commission, our Ypsi Police Department, and this resulting Task Force. The Task Force will also give the updates they'd been planning to at this meeting about two issues they've spent much of their energy on-- proposed revisions to the Citizen Complaint Process for police, and best practices for creating a Citizen Review Board. Then, we'll be looking for this broader group to share with the Task Force how they want to specifically and collectively engage going forward. We are excited that we live in a place where we are already working very proactively and in partnership with our police department to address these issues and ensure we don't become another city referred to in automatic association with a tragedy, the way we're recently referring to Ferguson, and Dallas, and Baton Rouge, and Orlando. We don't pretend to have all of the answers, though, and while we're leaders in this community, we are only as strong as the constituents and voices we represent-- so we are looking forward to hearing what best, tangential ways many more people can engage in this work. REASON FOR LOCATION CHANGE: City council chambers only fits about 60 people and we want people to be able to be present, and able to hear, and able to participate.
Cathleen Haglund
-- 10/07/2016 17:27
Yodit Mesfin Johnson KB Williams
Kallista Wonderfully Human
-- 10/07/2016 17:27
Thanks for the update Aquilla Robinson Andrea Bradley-Streur Lisa Ellington
Marcy Epstein
-- 10/07/2016 17:27
Is there real time captioning and/or ESL interpretation for the meeting? Not for me.
Julianne Bonta
-- 10/07/2016 17:27
I very much want to be there, and cannot this time because of family issues out of state, but I am one of the Deaf/HoH folks who need access to public events. ( TY Marcy for bringing this up) I want to point out that waiting for someone to request access is fundamentally wrong because it sets us apart as " special", when in fact, we are a part of this community too. I say this not in anger, nor to take away from Black Lives, but to remind people that there are Deaf Black lives and Black people of disability. Access needs to be part of the natural framework of planning for public events. To put the burden of access on those of us who need it is no different than expecting Black people to do the work of educating the rest of us about the fact that their lives are indeed in danger. It really up to those benefitting from white privilege ( and that's me) to stand between Black people facing the end of guns pointed at them and all other systems and structures that devalue Black lives. If you want to know how to make this space accessible, ask a Deaf ( a black one especially for this event - I know several) person, a HoH person, a disabled person directly. We are here, among you. Look for us.
Susan Melke
-- 10/07/2016 17:27
It should imho be happening at every meeting without having to arrange ahead of time

Amanda Edmonds Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 10/07/2016 16:56
Hello all. Please read and share these important updates and clarifications for tomorrow night's meeting, including **location change** to accommodate so many people. We-- myself as Mayor and Councilmember Nicole Brown, who co-chairs the task force that has been meeting since last September with John Shuler of our Human Relations Commission, are thrilled that there is so much interest in engaging in our ongoing process. In light of so many new people joining our dialogue, Councilmember Brown and I decided to revamp the agenda for tomorrow's meeting. We will step back to give a chance for those attending to hear about the Task Force overall, and what's been done in the last 9 months by City Council, our Human Relations Commission, our Ypsi Police Department, and this resulting Task Force. The Task Force will also give the updates they'd been planning to at this meeting about two issues they've spent much of their energy on-- proposed revisions to the Citizen Complaint Process for police, and best practices for creating a Citizen Review Board. Then, we'll be looking for this broader group to share with the Task Force how they want to specifically and collectively engage going forward. We are excited that we live in a place where we are already working very proactively and in partnership with our police department to address these issues and ensure we don't become another city referred to in automatic association with a tragedy, the way we're recently referring to Ferguson, and Dallas, and Baton Rouge, and Orlando. We don't pretend to have all of the answers, though, and while we're leaders in this community, we are only as strong as the constituents and voices we represent-- so we are looking forward to hearing what best, tangential ways many more people can engage in this work. LOCATION CHANGE: Thanks to our Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson, we are going to be able to accommodate this increased interest by meeting in the auditorium of Ypsi High School-- on the corner of Packard & Hewitt-- where there is ample seating and ample parking. Please share on any posts you've made about this meeting the new location. City council chambers only fits about 60 people and we want people to be able to be present, and able to hear, and able to participate.
Mark Maynard
-- 10/07/2016 16:56
Thanks for moving it to a bigger location.
Amanda Edmonds
-- 10/07/2016 16:56
And if it doesn't share properly, feel free to cut and paste it in order to do so.
Maesie Elizabeth
-- 10/07/2016 16:56
Are you by any chance recording it, or is there any way we can get it on a public access channel? I'm not going to be able to be there but really want to hear what's going on.
Ethan Koernke
-- 10/07/2016 16:56
Check 42 Min in. What is Al Sharpten doing demanding that all Whites be killed? Exactly what the "D.J." is in this film. Don't be a BLM just be an American. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPpkLM05ht4
Ethan Koernke
-- 10/07/2016 16:56
Al Sharpton is the the provocateur/pimp in the club. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=646ZGpdhbdE

Julia Bayha Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 10/07/2016 14:24
cant go to this one but please invite me again! thx!

Maria Sheler Edwards Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 10/07/2016 12:14
We have a school board meeting at the same time. I hope there will be more chances to participate.

Lisa Marshall Bashert Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 10/07/2016 11:47
This article had some important thoughts on this issue. https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10208487469638809&id=1069405871
http://www.vox.com/2015/5/28/8661977/race-police-officer

Beth Respess Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 10/07/2016 03:33
disabled, but if there is any way possible for me to there i will be. thank you so much for all the work going into this

Coral Zantopoulos Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 10/07/2016 01:15
Please sign and share my petition!
https://wh.gov/iFrvX
Misha Tuesday
-- 10/07/2016 01:15
I'm glad you care about this and are doing work to promote increased police accountability. A petition may be premature. I'd bring this idea to the table to discuss the pros and cons with both sides before deciding whether to support it.
Amanda Edmonds
-- 10/07/2016 01:15
Hello! The Ypsi Police do wear body cams now.

Don Burnett Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 09/07/2016 23:09
I can't make it but much love to everyone in our community and the brave officers who protect us and keep our community together. We all need to love each other more and work together..

Patti Smith Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 09/07/2016 22:38
Liz Dahl MacGregor, thanks for the invite but I will be at Pine Knob that night! (Chic concert)

Adaeze Okeke Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 09/07/2016 19:44
Adaeze is going.

Gail Wolkoff Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 09/07/2016 16:53
Dedicated to Make a Change youth, mentors, and adults have been invited.
Lynne Settles
-- 09/07/2016 16:53
I will be there
Amanda Edmonds
-- 09/07/2016 16:53
Gail and Lynne please see my post above-- to accommodate all of the interest we have changed the location to the Ypsi High School auditorium-- please share that location change!

Kelly Michalak Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 09/07/2016 16:35
Are Ypsilanti Township residents allowed to attend?
Nancy Smith
-- 09/07/2016 16:35
Thanks I would like to know that as well.
Rhonda Bantsimba
-- 09/07/2016 16:35
I'm from the Township and someone sent it to me. I'll be there.
Amanda Edmonds
-- 09/07/2016 16:35
Township residents are welcome! This is a task force focusing on relations in the city and with our police department, but our YPD works very collaboratively with the Sheriff Department (who polices the township) and the EMU Public Safety Department-- all three agencies work together as part of the Eastern Washtenaw Safety Alliance.... So, discussions with our YPD in the city are still very relevant to our neighbors in the township, too. Please see my post above about location change in order to accommodate the awesome giant level of interest-- we'll be meeting at Ypsi High School auditorium on Packard and Hewitt. There will be plenty of parking and seating-- something we wouldn't have been able to accommodate in city hall.
Kelly Michalak
-- 09/07/2016 16:35
Thank you!

Tabbatha Renea Plomaritas Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 09/07/2016 13:13
Would it be appropriate to distribute flyers for this event over the weekend to increase awareness to the non-Facebook community?
Misha Tuesday
-- 09/07/2016 13:13
The release from the city doesn't say "all interested parties are welcome but don't tell anyone that," it just says all are welcome. I think flyers is a great idea.
Tabbatha Renea Plomaritas
-- 09/07/2016 13:13
Okay! Gonna try to photoshop something up and do what I can to get at least a little bit out there. I can't go crazy with my toddler in tow but really want non Facebook users to at Least have a chance to come out!
Misha Tuesday
-- 09/07/2016 13:13
My goal in raising awareness of this event is to increase awareness and attendance, especially among white people, since this is not only a black issue. It's a society issue, and the people speaking up, demonstrating, and showing anger over this should represent that.
Tabbatha Renea Plomaritas
-- 09/07/2016 13:13
I will post a PDF of the flyer I whip up today incase others want to help with printing and distributing. I personally ally would love to see attendance through the roof but we only have two days to get the word out.
Cobleigh Modrack
-- 09/07/2016 13:13
Tabbatha Renea Plomaritas, if you make fliers before 3:00 please send me a copy. I'd like to have them at the admissions table for the bout today.
Bee Roll
-- 09/07/2016 13:13
It won't be the only meeting! It's not the first and it won't be the last! I'm happy to print some to post at beezy's as well as in my neighborhood.
Amanda Edmonds
-- 09/07/2016 13:13
Hi All! Please see my post above about location change in order to accommodate the awesome giant level of interest-- we'll be meeting at Ypsi High School auditorium on Packard and Hewitt. There will be plenty of parking and seating-- something we wouldn't have been able to accommodate in city hall. I'm sorry we couldn't get a changed venue figured out before flyering started-- please do what you can to post/repost/share the updated location!

Bee Roll Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 09/07/2016 09:38
I don't know, maybe it's past time to retool the system. Some ideas, inspiration that might lend themselves to a deeper change and conversation here.
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/policing-is-a-dirty-job-but-nobodys-gotta-do-it-6-ideas-for-a-cop-free-world-20141216
Bee Roll
-- 09/07/2016 09:38
Plenty of good people become cops. There are plenty of good cops, but that doesn't make the system good. I don't hate bank tellers even though I hate the banking system. I don't hate cops, but I hate the system. Starting with the black population being disproportionately targeted for small crimes or petty drug charges, then being in the system forever, the deck is stacked against them. (And a host of other structural problems that have never been addressed- though folks have been agitating for a very long time) https://worxintheory.wordpress.com/2014/12/07/origins-of-the-police/
Bee Roll
-- 09/07/2016 09:38
Also, if you haven't, read Michelle Alexander's "the new Jim Crow" and think about how something as simple as legalizing pot could disrupt the system (even though in states where it's legal, POC are still targeted for possession at astronomical rates- because: for profit policing? structural racism?); let's put on our critical thinking pants, not make it about us and our white tears and fragility, and be flexible but demanding in enacting change.
Cristy Cardinal
-- 09/07/2016 09:38
Amen, amen and amen.

Ambre Romero Everly Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 09/07/2016 09:05
Cassidy D'Arpini is my favorite person ever!!! Shes so beautiful 😍😍😍😍
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