Third Traditions Foundation Seminars
President Obama on Trayvon Martin's Death
Racial Profiling, "Happens Often” and Must be Talked About
In what might be a historic turning point in his term, President Obama “came out” Black and recounted being the target of racial profiling. The President’s comments came in response to intense nationwide dialogue happening in the wake of Florida’s acquittal of George Zimmerman, the white community member who shot and killed Tryavon Martin, an unarmed Black teenager. On July 19, 2013, Obama orchestrated a special press conference to address the country’s reaction.
100 Stories of Racial Profiling
Of note is Charles Ogletree’s “Presumption of Guilt” which concludes with not 10, not 50 but 100 Black men’s stories of Racial Profiling from notable individuals like Thurgood Marshall to Blair Underwood.
A Better Path to Public Safety
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This video captures retired SFPD Officer Marion Jackson as he reaches out to community members with thoughtful words on True Public Safety including dispelling “shoot to kill” myths.
He insists police cannot define "community policing," the community must define and direct police, a truth not often stated by law enforcement. He assures the audience that "police work for you..." their salary "comes out of your pocket.”
"True Public Safety Harms No One, Racial Profiling Harms Everyone" is part of a series of workshops presented by Third Traditions Foundation.
The event held Saturday March 14, 2015 in San Francisco, CA brought together a panel of criminal justice experts along with active and retired law enforcement officials from Officers for Justice Peace Officers Association. See program at this link.
Panelists from left to right are Retired SFPD Lt. Art Tapia, retired SFPD the late Inspector Rodney Williams, active duty SFPD Captain Yulanda Williams, retired member of SFPD Marion Jackson and Ida Mc Cray of the SF County Sheriff’s Office.
Seated in the audience on the far left is Mesha Izizarry, founder of the Idriss Stelley Foundation, a non-profit created to address police brutality.
Panel discussion intrigued audience members and most found the conversations candidly refreshing therefore; we hope to repeat the experience in an upcoming event. Selected segments of the hour workshop are available below and the entire presentation is available on video upon request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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"Justice for The Community First and Justice for us Police Officers Second."
Rodney Williams on OFJ History Taken from the March 14, 2015 "True Public Safety Harms No One" workshop, this short clip gives a brief history of San Francisco’s Black Peace Officers group.
“Justice for the community first and justice for us police officers second” is how retired SF Police Inspector Rodney Williams described creating Officers for Justice.
He also candidly recounts the lack of opportunity in the early sixties for black officers as the city’s police department adjusted to integration.
Cannot Condone Inappropriate Behavior
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How does one escape the recent headlines pointing to corruption among correctional control officers? Are the fatiguing aspects of this profession giving rise to inappropriate behavior by prison guards? Can those overseeing convicted felons be more in need of correction than those overseen by them? In this media presentation, law enforcement representatives address this ethical question through a panel on Public Safety. You will see in this section of TTF’s March 14, 2015 “True Public Safety Harms No One," San Francisco Police Captain Yulanda Williams and Ida Mc Cray of Family with a Future speak out against inappropriate behavior among correctional control officers.
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The War on Drugs
"What is painfully obvious when one steps back from individual cases and specific policies is that the system of mass incarceration operates with stunning efficiency to sweep people of color off the streets, lock them in cages, and then releases them into an inferior second-class status. Nowhere is this more true than in the War on Drugs." - Michelle Alexander page 103, The New Jim Crow
One of the unique attributes of San Francisco city government is its transparency fueled by policy debates from grass roots contributors. The Human Rights Impact of the War on Drugs sponsored by the Human Rights Commission on Thursday, April 12, 2012 produced some of the most informative subject data from experts such as the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. Their Drug Policy Report unveiled how San Francisco favors whites who fuel the illicit drug trade in the city yet non-whites are arrested most often. In addition, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California exposed gross racial disparities in the city's "Buy-bust operations." Click hear to review the entire hearing.