Seven months ago hundreds of us filled St. Mark United Methodist Church to honor Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy by publicly denouncing the evil of systems of racial injustice. As we look back at these past seven months, we find ourselves asking over and over the question Dr. King asked in his book, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?"
On the eve of the expiration of Chicago’s contract with thousands of police officers represented by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), community and civil rights groups from across the City appeared at City Hall today demanding changes to the police contract that will facilitate police reform. The groups, collectively known as the Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability (CPCA), urged the City to alter portions of the contract that limit transparency and accountability in the Chicago Police Department.
The Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) came together in direct response to the Police Accountability Task Force’s 2016 recommendation to develop a Community Safety Oversight Board that would allow the community to have a powerful platform and role in the police oversight process. From the beginning, one of our primary goals is to get this process right, after decades of police misconduct…pattern and practices of excessive force…and civil rights violations.
Recently, you received a note from Rev. Curtiss DeYoung announcing his resignation as Executive Director. We are grateful for his three years of service and we wish him well as he returns to Minnesota.
Rev. Robbie Craig, formerly President of the Board of Community Renewal Society, has stepped down from the Board and been named Interim Executive Director, helping to steer us through this time of transition as we develop a Search Committee to select the new Executive Director. I will serve as President of the Board.
Today I have resigned as the Executive Director at Community Renewal Society. My time will end in early summer. I have accepted a position as the CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches in Minneapolis, MN.