Over the past several weeks, the grief, righteous rage, and cries for justice for George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and all of the Black people who have been killed by racist police brutality have moved tens of thousands of people to protest across the country.
These powerful protests highlight the outrage over the enduring and deep-rooted problem of racist policing and structural racism in the United States.
But for Black and Brown people, none of this is new. And Wyoming is not immune to the problem.
That’s why the ALCU of Wyoming is hosting a virtual community forum on racism in Wyoming at 1 p.m. July 11 on Zoom.
“The ACLU strives to create a world where ‘we the people’ truly means all of us — and this means dismantling systemic racism and working to repair centuries of harm inflicted on communities of color,” says Antonio Serrano, ACLU of Wyoming advocacy manager. “We want to hear people’s views and to better understand what they might need as a partner in dismantling structural racism in our state.”
There’s no agenda for this virtual community forum – just an opportunity for people to share their experiences, thoughts, ideas and opinions in two or three minutes on their experiences with race as it relates to criminal justice, economic justice, inequality in education, affirmative action and Native American rights.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Speak Your Piece Virtual Community Forum on Racism in Wyoming
WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11
WHERE: Zoom (URL/call-in information provided after registration)
TO REGISTER: Go to www.aclu-wy.org/events
About the ACLU of Wyoming
The American Civil Liberties Union of Wyoming is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Wyoming is part of a three-state chapter that also includes North Dakota and South Dakota. The team in Wyoming is supported by staff in those states.
The ACLU believes freedoms of press, speech, assembly, and religion, and the rights to due process, equal protection and privacy, are fundamental to a free people. In addition, the ACLU seeks to advance constitutional protections for groups traditionally denied their rights, including people of color, women, and the LGBTQ communities. The ACLU of Wyoming carries out its work through selective litigation, lobbying at the state and local level, and through public education and awareness of what the Bill of Rights means for the people of Wyoming.