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September Newsletter

Louisville’s Response to Breonna Taylor

Louisville, Kentucky officials agreed to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Breonna Taylor’s mother. The city of Louisville will also commit to police reforms including increased oversight over search warrants. This was followed by a grand jury ruling to indict Brett Hankison, one of the three officers involved in the shooting. Hankison was charged with wanton endangerment for firing several bullets that traveled into a neighboring apartment where no one was harmed. The other two officers who also fired shots face no charges. No officers face charges for killing Breonna Taylor.

Take Action:

1. Donate to the Louisville Community Bail Fund.
2. Email police chief Schroeder to encourage him to fire the officers involved.

Protests Following The Grand Jury’s Decision

Prior to the grand jury decision surrounding the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death, Louisville officials declared a state of emergency and restricted access to downtown. Once announced, protests emerged in major cities across the country. In Louisville, at least 46 people were arrested and two police officers were shot.

Take Action:

1. Sign up to learn more about BREATHE Act, a radical reimagining of public safety, community care, and how we spend money as a society.

Video of Daniel Prude Police Altercation

The family of Daniel Prude, a Black man in Rochester, New York, released a video showing two police officers forcing Prude to the ground and placing a knee on his back. As a result of the incident, EMTs transferred Prude to a hospital where he was pronounced brain dead from complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint. Seven police officers were ordered to immediate suspension by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and later the chief and entire command staff of the police department resigned.

Take Action:

1. Donate to support the family of Daniel Prude.

Words From Jacob Blake

Jacob Blake, who was shot by police in Wisconsin in August, made his first public comments earlier this month. In a video from his hospital bed, Blake described his pain and urged people to stick together and value the preciousness of life. None of the officers involved in the shooting have been charged, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Take Action:

1. Call and demand local officials hold the police officers accountable:
- Kenosha City Attorney: +1 (262) 653-4170
- Kenosha Mayor and City Administration: +1 (262) 653-4000
- Kenosha Police Non Emergency Line: +1 (262) 656-1234
- Wisconsin DOJ: +1 (608) 266-1221

Stories

breathe: a guided healing journal for black men

“After I saw George Floyd’s life taken by the knee of white supremacy on social media, I went numb. Just as I was healing from the necessary parts of my life story, the realities of what it meant to be a black man in America overwhelmed me. As part of this thought process though, I couldn’t help but to think about how other black men were coping. I had at least been in counseling for a year by that point, so I had some tools to cope. However, I didn’t know very many other black men who had even been liberated enough to think that counseling was an option.

Out of that thought process came breathe: a guided healing journal for black men. I am a proponent of all people going to counseling at some point in their lives, but I knew that societal expectations would likely prevent many black men from taking that leap. breathe serves as a resource for black men to start to chart their own personal path to healing and wholeness despite living in a society that was not made for them through writing. Along a 45-day guided journal journey, black men are encouraged to reclaim the narrative of their own story, process the impact of their identity on their existence, and more fully understand the range of emotions that they feel.” -Brennan Steele, author of breathe: a guided healing journal for black men

Read more about Brennan Steele and breathe here.

Additional Resources

Books to Read (from Black-owned bookstores): I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

Videos to Watch: How to Overcome our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them, Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
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