The NAACP’s New England Area Conference (NEAC) has organized Unity Walks for Justice, Saturday September 19 to develop a multi-racial, multi-age, significant and diverse participant group to send a powerful message to legislative bodies that a broad cross-section of citizens is demanding change. The desired legislative changes include:
- Cultural competency of police forces and at all command levels.
- Independent or special prosecutors when police are subject to prosecution for serious crimes, including assault, excessive force, and killings.
- Requirement for police body cameras.
- Other policies and practices which may lead to better and more effective policing and the elimination of race based policing and discrimination against the disabled.
Amherst NAACP’s Walk will begin at 10:00 AM from two locations: Haigis Mall UMass area in the north and Hampshire College/Groff Park area, walking on the sidewalk up South Pleasant St (Route 116) from the south. Both groups will conclude at Sweetser Park, Amherst Center, across from the police station and The Black Sheep Deli. Walkers may join the walk at any point along the route. A “Cane Brigade” for those unable to walk the route will meet at Sweetser Park beginning at 10:00.
For more information, contact Kathleen Anderson, President, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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