Columbus Clergy and Community Leaders Hold Silent March for Racial Justice, Call on Mayor Ginther to Implement De-Escalation Strategies That Will Save Lives

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October 2, 2017

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Columbus Clergy and Community Leaders Hold Silent March for Racial Justice, Call on Mayor Ginther to Implement De-Escalation Strategies That Will Save Lives

COLUMBUS, OH -- On Wednesday, October 4th at 5 p.m., a diverse group of Columbus interfaith clergy and community leaders will march in silence for racial justice in response to the deaths of black men and boys who have been brutalized or shot and killed by Columbus Police since last summer: Henry Green, Kwame Patrick, Tyre King, Jacquarius Robinson, Chris Wade, Jaron Thomas, Kareem Ali Nadir Jones, Timothy Davis and more.

Faith and community leaders believe Mayor Ginther, City Council and the Columbus Police Department need to make decisive changes and implement proven strategies and policies de-escalate situations, have more accountability and transparency, and keep everyone in Columbus safer.

Over 70 Columbus-based faith leaders have signed a moral declaration, calling on all levels of city leadership to take action by implementation Crisis Intervention Team training, Mental Health First Aid training, and more cooperation with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity regarding anti-racism, implicit bias and cultural sensitivity training. To read the letter and the full list of signers, click here.

 

What:

Silent March for Racial Justice

 

When:

Wednesday, October 4th at 5 p.m.

 

Where:

Start Location:

Trinity Episcopal Church on Capitol Square

125 E. Broad St.

Columbus, OH 43215

 

Marching to:

Strongwater Food and Spirits,

401 W. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

Mayor Ginther has scheduled a fundraiser for "Friends of Ginther."

 

Who:

Rev. Susan Smith, Crazy Faith Ministries

Molly Shack, Columbus People’s Partnership

Rabbi Sharon Mars, Temple Israel

Imam Horsed Noah, Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center

Pastor Terry Stephens, Manifestation Church

Rev. Dan Clark, Faith in Public Life

 

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