Group of 50-Plus ANC Commissioners Host Forum on Policing Saturday
by Larry Janezich
July 16, 2020
A group ANC Commissioners representing districts in Wards across the city will host a virtual Town Hall conversation on “Reimagining Policing in the District of Columbia” this Saturday, July 18, 10:30 am-Noon. The public is invited to attend. (Log in info below.)
The forum will be a moderated panel discussion with representatives of the Metropolitan Police Department, NAACP-DC Chapter, councilmembers Charles Allen and Robert White, and The Guardian Angels. The Mayor’s Office and Black Lives Matter-DC have also been invited. Sharita Thompson, professor of African and African American Studies at Gettysburg College, and Dr. Bernard Demczuk, of George Washington University, will moderate the discussion.
Panelists will respond to questions on policing issues generated in a virtual ANC Commissioners-only conversation with nearly 50 of the city’s 300 Commissioners last Friday. Commissioners across the District have gathered on-the-ground information and ideas from their Single Member Districts to share with each other and with city officials. Audience members may also submit questions during the event.
The forum is an outgrowth of weekly online meetings to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on DC communities. Those meetings – the first attempt to organize the city’s ANC’s to work on a city-wide problem – were convened in March by Chander Jayaraman, Vice-Chair of ANC 6B on Capitol Hill, and a candidate for a DC At-Large Council seat.
Jayaraman told CHC: “In March, I thought it was important for ANC Commissioners from across the city to come together weekly to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on our neighborhoods. A few weeks ago we agreed it was time to turn to our country’s and our city’s long-standing issues of racism and policing. When it comes to taking action and getting things done, I can always turn to fellow ANC Commissioners – the people with their ears to the ground, ready to help their neighbors.”
Virtual Town Hall on “Reimagining Policing in the District of Columbia”
Saturday, July 18, at 10:30am
or dial: +13126266799,,83685358250#
or 312-626-6799 and enter Webinar ID: 836 8535 8250