(WUTR-TV) — 6 local colleges from both Herkimer and Oneida counties have partnered with organizations in the Mohawk Valley to create a racial justice reform. This involves different programs and resources for the community all in response to the black lives matter movement and Governor Cuomo’s executive order 2-0-3.
“The government of the state is requiring these communities with police departments to source their reforms from the people that they serve. Then, also to have the people that they serve consider these reforms before they’re implemented.” – Frank Anechiarico, Department of Government, Hamilton College
Municipalities must submit their reform plans to Albany by April 1st. The other part of this reform involves a community survey. The survey will ask questions about personal experiences and opinions about law enforcement, racial injustice and criminal justice.
Text MV Justice to 898211. Respond with your area code and you’ll see a message directing you to either complete the survey online or over the phone. Any resident in the two counties can participate and it takes less 10 minutes.
“We really think that it’s essential that community voices be heard. In fact, in the text platform we encourage people once they’ve taken it to tell a freind because that’s the best way. Word of mouth in this community is the very best way to be certain that a lot of voices that we really want to hear from are heard.” – Betty-Joan Beaudry, United Way of Mohawk Valley
“The idea is, in communication with the municipalities and the local governments, is to identify areas that they are interested in considering for reform. We can then pull those areas out of the survey and then also survey the research that’s been done so far on best practices with regards to those areas.” – Frank Anechiarico, Department of Government, Hamilton College
There will also be an 8-part webinar with Q & A on these topics on our station WPNY. The series starts Wednesday, September 23rd at 7 p.m.