Late May means that it is crunch time at both the RI and MA state houses. Months of work - hearings, letter writing, lobby visits and phone calls - are on the line. It is also the period of time when lawmaking is at its ugliest. To some politicians everything is reduced to horse trading. Transparency, what little there was, is totally gone. The merits of a bill may mean little as it becomes one of many bargining chips in a massive "game".
Last Sunday I sat in the back room of Tea in Sahara with a group of largely African American people, sharing our feelings about the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida a month ago. The community forum was hosted by the Africana Reading Collective - and lots of people turned out. It is something we needed to talk about . We needed to talk about the reality of racial profiling and the racism that is in evey fiber of our society; about being a Black parent of Black children, especially boys; about the experiences of people in the room; about the fact that had the kille
PrYSM skit on racial profiling at the RI State House
The killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida and the fact that his killer remains free one month later has focused attention on the reality of racial profiling. It is a legacy of the racism that is in the fibers of our culture. It has many faces, from crossing the street to avoid a bunch of teens to police stopping and frisking youth of color on a regular basis.
Racial profiling is an all too common occurance in RI. PrYSM youth act out the scenario.
Rally at the RI State House Tuesday June 28 at 3:30 pm to support the bill, H – 5263A to curb racial profiling by the police in RI. Follow that by visiting legislators. Keep the focus sharp please - See the SENE resource list at the bottom of the SENE website for a fact sheet. Points to reinforce:
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