Source documents on local anti-racist action
- Published: August 13, 2020
Discussions between a group of anti-racist rally organizers and Village officials broke down in early August after a letter from two Council members was met with a swift rebuke from organizers.
The organizers, who have put on rallies and marches here for the last 11 weeks, have contended that Village Council was not taking anti-racist steps quickly enough in response to demands they presented last month. Village officials, meanwhile, aired concerns that organizers were marching weekly without a permit or approved routes and had not acknowledged prior Village efforts to address racism.
A full story is in the August 13 print edition of the Yellow Springs News. Below are the documents referenced or relevant to the story, including the original list of organizer demands, and proposed police reforms from Council.
- Response to Village Council Members Marianne MacQueen and Kevin Stokes from rally organizers, August 8
- Letter from MacQueen and Stokes to the organizers of YS Speaking Up for Justice, August 4
- Updated list of demands annotated by MacQueen/Stokes, August 4
- Original list of demands from YS Speaking Up for Justice organizers, July 2020
- Village Council proposed YSPD reforms, June/July 2020
- Letter from Council members addressing racism, June 9, 2020
- Village of Yellow Springs 2020 Goals & Values, February 2020
- YSPD Social Justice Model of Policing Progress Report, January 2020
Prior News coverage on the issues:
- Anti-racist steps demanded, July 28, 2020
- Council declares racism ‘public health crisis,’ July 1, 2020
- Parade canceled after alleged KKK protest threat, July 9, 2020
- ‘Empower Women’ — Hear speeches from the weekend rally, July 13, 2020
- Facing Race: Leading while Black in Yellow Springs, July 30, 2020
- Facing Race: Youth take lead in challenging racism, July 9, 2020
- Facing Race: Racism in village often covert, July 3, 2020
- New police reforms aired, July 2, 2020
- Police reform in YS: What’s done, what’s next? June 24, 2020
- FROM THE ARCHIVE: KKK confronted by angry protesters, April 22, 2004