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Achieving Equity In Policing: Minority Voices

Recorded on: April 17th, 2015

Air Date: April 20, 2015 

Last November, a panel of Lane County law enforcement professionals outlined the steps their agencies are taking to achieve equity in law enforcement. In the second part of that discussion, three activists with long and distinguished experience as community leaders will describe what they see as critical flaws in existing policy related to the area’s law enforcement and accountability systems.

The City Club of Eugene speakers panel on April 17 will describe the historical underpinnings of inequity, the limitations of current policing practices, and the steep price we all pay for unfairness. They will also outline the changes needed to create effective policies.

Betsy Davis speaks as a member of the leadership team of LULAC. In her professional work at Oregon Research Institute, she focuses on understanding the historical clash of worldviews and how to build respectful cross-cultural bridges between non-majority cultures and mainstream evidence-based programs.

Jack Radey is the chair of the Legal Redress committee of the Eugene-Springfield chapter of NAACP. He attended the University of California, Berkeley in the fall of 1964 and was elected youngest member of the Free Speech Movement Executive Committee. He has been active in the antiwar, labor, civil rights, and other movements all his life. Originally from Oakland, California, he has lived in Eugene since 1999. He is a military historian with one book published and more on the way. He has an ongoing interest in policing, police conduct, and the consequences for community and law enforcement.

Salome Chimuku is currently working on a lobbying campaign to "End Profiling." After her family moved from Angola to the U.S. in the 1990s, she grew up in Portland. Chimuku is a Willamette University graduate, and while there, she led the Student Center for Equity and Empowerment. Later, she worked in the legislature and in the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s office. In September 2012, she joined the board of the Center for Intercultural Organizing after graduating from its Pan-Immigrant Leadership and Organizing Training (PILOT) Program. In 2014, she joined the staff as Director of Public Policy.

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