UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — About a year ago, local faith-faith based groups, and organizations of color came together to form the black leadership coalition.
“It started off with different groups having different conversations as to how can we as a Black and Brown people come together. Number one, to bring healing and love to our community but also to make a comprehensive plan to bring about a change and upliftment that we need.” – Oneka Roach-Campbell, Esp., LLM, Member of the Black Leadership Coalition
Their mission is to promote equity, empowerment, inclusion and justice for local people of color.
“The overall goal is to break down systemic barriers that affect educational, economic, health, housing, the justice system and other facets of life that are currently impacting the youth and the adults here in the Utica community.” – Oneka Roach-Campbell, Esp., LLM, Member of the Black Leadership Coalition
The BLC is pushing for legislative change on these social issues, with police reform at the top of the list. Roach-Campbell says there needs to be an un-biased, non-political community involvement to actually create change.
“We as a Black and Brown community we’re here. And we’re willing to participate in our own change and we’re willing to participate in changes and substantially sustainable changes that will help to move us forward as a black and brown people.” – Oneka Roach-Campbell, Esp., LLM, Member of the Black Leadership Coalition
The BLC will announce future events and all of the organizations involved in the next few weeks.