CALL TO ACTION for Racial Justice

Dear ECP Members and Friends, 

In our campaign for racial justice, we invite you to take part in any or all of  following actions:


1. Join the caravan from El Cerrito Plaza BART to City Hall on July 21st @ 6:00PM.  This is a covid safe event for cars, bicyclists and onlookers. For details: July 21st Caravan- Sign Up
2.  Please sign and share this petition if you have not already done so.  Rethink Public Safety
3.  Please attend the virtual City Council Meeting.  You can support the petition demands at the Public Comment period at the beginning of the meeting.  Be sure to send an email in advance to cityclerk@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us and in the subject heading write:  Public Comment Not on the Agenda if you want to speak directly to Council   You can also send your comments in advance to the same email and write your statements of support.  They will be placed into the public record.   For specific information click Instructions for writing or speaking to city council
4.  Please support the City Council Resolution to support Black Lives Matter and encourage Council  to direct staff (including ECPD) to establish  a community dialogue to rethink public safety, and to move toward creating policies and actions to promote racial justice.  You can write in advance or call in by using the link above.  This item number will be 7.A.   When you email, please write: Public Comment on Item 7.a on the Agenda.   Here is the Black Lives Matter Resolution
5.  Please attend the virtual meeting of the Human Relations Commission on Wednesday, July 22nd at 7:00 p,m.  Members will be discussing future actions to promote racial justice in El Cerrito.  We want to encourage an ongoing forum that first recognizes systemic racism in our community and then begins the ongoing process of addressing it through actions and policy.  (housing, development, health services, policing,education, etc. .)  Here is the link to the HRC AGENDA and Instructions so you can also write comments if you cannot be at the meeting. 
6.  Watch a 5 minute video about the local budget and ECPD.  What is “Defund the Police”

In memory of John Lewis, ” What I try to tell young people is that if you come together with a mission, and its grounded with love and a sense of community, you can make the impossible possible.”

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