Racial Justice in New Britain, CT

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Racial Justice in New Britain, CT

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Alicia Strong started this petition to Mayor Stewart

We are a multi-racial group of young people organizing under the banner of "Black Voices of New Britain." We all grew up and/or currently reside in the New Britain Area. Sign our letter to Mayor Erin Stewart urging her to meet with us and move towards the implementation racial justice policies in New Britain.

We want our elected officials, including the Mayor and the Common Council, to listen and adhere to the needs of the people without ignoring us. Our voices and our ideas matter and in order for New Britain to “experience the new” we want to see action more than just words.

Video of us attempting to deliver the letter to Mayor Stewart at her event: https://www.facebook.com/victorivan.constanza.3/videos/145059053803544/

Here is our letter to the Mayor: 

6/2/2020
 
Dear Mayor Stewart,
We, the residents of New Britain, are very displeased on what is going on in the country. We stand here in solidarity with our Black siblings and community to say that Black Lives Matter. We can not come back to normal as New Britain does have many problems with systemic racism. We come in peace, and these are the demands that we request to be fulfilled to change our city:
- Add #blacklivesmatter to all relevant posts on your social media
-Review the contract with NBPD and ensure there is no provision preventing the city from creating a Civilian Review Board (if such a clause exists is renders citizens of NB powerless to hold NBPD accountable in any way. This is a common provision in Police departments)
- Begin steps with the city council to create a Civilian Review Board with subpoena power
- Give the NB Racial Equity Steering Committee power to create *and implement* a racial justice platform and accountability plan for all city departments
- Personally, undergo an Undoing Racism training
- With the guidance of the NB Racial Equity Steering Committee, hire a full time equity coach or firm to ensure implementation of plan
- Reallocate certain funds from the NBPD and redistribute funds to public education and social services. 
- There shall be a diverse police commission
- Work on better employment opportunities for people of color
-Ensuring our safety and protection from any civil or criminal charges and harm when peacefully protesting or demonstrating 
-Providing answers and justice for the family of Tamara Apache Mifflin
These are concrete actionable steps to move in line with your sentiment against racism
 
Sincerely,
The People of New Britain

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