Contacts: Akemi Flynn, 408.504.8030, firstname.lastname@example.org; Yeme Girma, 408.396.4084, email@example.com; Erik Poicon, 408.838.1883, firstname.lastname@example.org
Who: Police Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs from Campbell, Morgan Hill, San Jose, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale and the Santa Clara County Sheriff will meet with faith and community leaders from PACT and the broader community, including families who have lost loved ones to office involved shootings.
What: PACT: People Acting in Community Together is hosting its second community dialogue with police chiefs from across Santa Clara County with a focus on SB 1421 - Right to Know Act that went into effect Jan 1, 2019.
As some law enforcement agencies and police unions across the state - including the State Attorney General - have refused to comply with the law, PACT will raise awareness among local community members and urge SCC law enforcement leaders to demonstrate their commitment to transparency and accountability that are essential to community trust which is necessary for safety and justice for all, community members and police.
When: Tues, March 19, 2019, 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Shalom Iglesia Church, 670 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95126
Why: This Dialogue is especially urgent following local and national incidents and concerns about safety, racial profiling, the killing of Stephon Clark and Jacob Dominguez and other by police without charges from DAs; police union law suits to block 1421; the SJPOA’s attack in the San Jose Independent Police Auditor; and the Santa Clara County Grand Jury recommendation for local law enforcement training on mental health issues to end the OIS (office involved shootings) and fatalities.
In small group dialogues, the chiefs, sheriff and additional command staff and officers will share their perspectives and experiences. Community members will share their experiences with law enforcement and ideas for positive changes.
The event aims to transform the community through dialogue between the community and the local law enforcement to build understanding across different experiences and work for systemic change to promote safety and justice for all.
This is PACT's 9th Beloved Community Dialogue since we launched on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr weekend in 2015. Past Dialogues and the work between events has resulted in significant positive changes at SJPD, such as the no choke-hold policy, mandatory body worn cameras, de-escalation training, and more plus the establishment of independent oversight of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.
PACT’s Beloved Community Team has also organized to win key state legislation including AB 953 – Anti-Racial & Identity Profiling and SB 1421 – Right to Know for police transparency. Through its statewide network, PICO CA, PACT is a co-sponsor of AB 392 – CA Act to Save Lives - a current bill in the legislature and return after law enforcement killed AB 391 last year.
PACT: People Acting in Community Together is a multiracial, multi-faith organization that empowers people to create a more just community. PACT has more than 25 member congregations, organizations, and partner schools representing 50,000 people in Santa Clara County. PACT is part of PICO California and the Faith in Action national network, one of the largest grassroots community networks in the country. www.pactsj.org http://www.facebook.com/PACTSJ
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