Nearly 500 Attend “Hope, Opportunity, and Race”
action agenda will emerge from conference
Nearly 500 people attended last Saturday’s public forum organized by the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow. They heard a wide variety of voices from the local community, artists, activists, and academics addressing structural inequalities in the criminal justice, social, and economic system that negatively impact the poor and persons of color.
The forum concluded with five action-oriented workshops designed to gather ideas from the community on the most pressing problems and possible solutions. The interfaith Coalition will be focusing on the results of those workshops at its next open public meeting on Monday, December 7, at Hanover Presbyterian Church. Meeting details.
In the coming weeks, Coalition committees will sift, sort, and prioritize concerns and proposed solutions to issues ranging from police-community interactions, the court and criminal justice system, and employment issues from both the employer and employee perspective. A large youth group also attend the forum and is contributing its own agenda for change.
“Hope, Opportunity, and Race” was principally sponsored by the Delaware Humanities Forum and the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services. They were joined by more than two dozen organizations and individual donors. The Coalition itself is part of the non-profit Interfaith Coalition Building Blocks of Wilmington.