George Floyd’s Death and A Call To Action
George Floyd’s death is the latest in an unendingly long list of violent acts and prejudice perpetrated against people of color by bad law enforcement officers and others motivated by racism. These racist acts are enabled by a system, and a society, that actively commits and passively or even unknowingly tolerates discrimination against people of color. The protests now occurring in cities around the world are a call to action to stop this pervasive, long-standing and devastating injustice. If we believe in treating others as we wish to be treated, we must all heed that call.
We encourage you to join us in a community conversation to explore what we can do, individually and as a community, to help here in Erie, and in all aspects of our lives. The first event in this conversation will take place next Thursday evening, June 11th, at 7:00 p.m. To join the conversation, see this link: https://bit.ly/ErieLiveStream at 7 p.m.
Fruitful conversations depend on active listening and sharing. We need to hear the experiences and perspectives of those who face discrimination. Better understanding of what others encounter—especially others’ experiences of which we may be unaware—will help inform our actions going forward. If you have been discriminated against, please join the conversation and share your experience and views on what must change. If you don’t feel discrimination from others, please listen in and hear what you can do to help others.
On behalf of the Erie Board of Trustees,
Jennifer Carroll, Mayor
Watch the Community Conversation
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Facilitated by Justin Brooks
Passionate about pouring into the next generation and building community, Justin Brooks gains energy when discussing the possibilities of enhancing the world through the innovations yet to be brought forward by the youth of our community. A proud graduate of Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering Technology and a Masters of Engineering from Penn State in Systems Engineering, Mr. Brooks has been an Aerospace and Defense professional for nearly 20 years and is now a Program Manager and small business owner. Currently serving as President of the 100 Black Men of Denver, Inc, Mr. Brooks is also a member of the NAACP, the Denver African American Philanthropists (DAAP) community giving circle, as well as a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Justin is passionate about exposing youth to the possibilities that they may not have dared to envision for themselves. Married for 17 years, Justin and his wife have four wonderful children who all enjoy travelling, serving the community and creating family adventures together. They have been Erie residents for the past 11 years and are excited to contribute to it’s continued positive growth.