Lee Brand and Henry R. Perea are heating up the Fresno mayoral race like perhaps never before. It’s the doldrums of summer, but issues that have emerged over the past month have forced both candidates into what now seems like a never-ending campaign as they vie to lead the state’s fifth-largest city as its 25th mayor. Faith in Community wants to be clear about its overarching message: a call for Police Department reform.
Stockton is one of six American cities taking part in a new experiment funded by the Department of Justice. The cities are beginning programs to promote racial reconciliation; to address the racial biases all of us carry; and to gain the community’s trust using an idea known as procedural justice.
The strategy, known as Ceasefire, calls for an alliance between clergy and community members, police departments and social service providers to send a direct message to a select group of young, mostly African-American men who have been identified through data analyses as the drivers of violence in their respective areas.
Pastor Michael McBride, the activist and religious leader, joins W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu in the studio to make sense of the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, as well as the attack on the Dallas police during a peaceful protest of those killings.
A controversial measure to establish a civilian police commission is headed to the November ballot after a flurry of last-minute changes and objections from reformers over who gets to pick the members. The Oakland City Council's unanimous vote Tuesday came with a sense of urgency as it was their final meeting before the Aug. 12 deadline to place the measure on the fall ballot.
Pastor Michael McBride, leader of our LIVE FREE campaign, spoke passionately to a congregation of about 200 people at The Way on Sunday, sweat streaming down and his voice reaching every corner of the church. He urged parishioners — many in their 20s and 30s — to work with “everyone who loves peace and justice, even if they don’t look like us,” and to support a proposal to significantly strengthen citizen oversight of the Oakland Police Department.
On Thursday, July 28 at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. Michael McBride, director of PICO National Network’s LIVE FREE Campaign will join the panel discussion on solutions to urban gun violence at the Democratic National Committee Convention Committee in Philadelphia. “Healing Communities in Crisis: Lifesaving Solutions to the Urban Gun Violence Epidemic” will be held in Room 204B at the Philadelphia Convention Center (1101 Arch Street).
Wednesday, Stanford researchers released the results of a two-year-long study into the department, confirming that Oakland officers exhibit significant racial biases in their day-to-day work. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports, featuring our LIVE FREE Director Michael McBride and his brother Ben McBride of the Empower Initiative for their Ceasefire work to reduce urban gun violence.