The unrest over the deadly shootings by police of a man in Ferguson, Missouri and a child in Cleveland have exposed a long simmering distrust of police by some in the black community. Earlier this week President Obama called for unity in arriving at a solution when he said, “we can build confidence and we can build trust but it’s not going to happen overnight and it’s not going to result from a conversation over a table in Washington.” Let’s begin with a conversation over a table here in Cleveland.
RA Washington is the owner of Guide to Kulchur and an community activist in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.
Blaine Griffin is the Executive Director of the Community Relations Board of Cleveland
Dr. Jason Johnson is a professor of political science at Hiram College.
Alice Ragland is an organizer with Puncture the Silence.
Joe Worthy is Ohio Director of Youth Leadership & Organizing for the Children’s Defense Fund and lead organizer for the New Abolitionists Association.
Eva Barrett, New Abolitionists Association.
Ron Wynne, New Abolitionists Association.