• 03 Jun 2020 8:12 AM | ULYP-STL Admin (Administrator)

    Today we crossed the $1,000,000.00 ONE MILLION DOLLAR THRESHOLD of Food, Toiletries & PPE Materials given out to the St. Louis Region in two months. Another amazing effort where we served 3,500 families at Jamestown Mall with over $150,000 in items took place today. We WILL get through this TOGETHER! #ULSTL #NUL #URBANLEAGUE


  • 03 Jun 2020 8:05 AM | ULYP-STL Admin (Administrator)

    George Floyd's Killers and the Vigilantes Who Share Their Beliefs Don't Deserve Benefit of the Doubt

    By National Urban League
    Published 10 AM EDT, Wed Jun 3, 2020

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    Marc H. Morial 
    President and CEO
    National Urban League


    “Those who commit the murders write the reports, and hence these lasting blots upon the honor of a nation cause but a faint ripple on the outside world. They arouse no great indignation and call forth no adequate demand for justice.” – Ida B. Wells

    The casual brutality of a white officer’s knee squeezing the life from a helpless Black man in handcuffs, caught on a gruesome video, underlies Amy Cooper’s smug tone as she announces her intention to lodge a false police complaint against a Black man who’d inconvenienced her.

    “I’m going to tell them there’s an African-American man threatening my life,” she announces as she is recorded by the man who’d simply asked her to leash her dog as required in that area of Central Park.  Unspoken, but understood, is her certainty that her word, the word of a white woman, would be accepted without question. She has no doubt about this, even as she glares directly into the camera that is documenting her lie.

    Her certainty that a Black man’s guilt will be presumed, and white lies accepted, was shared by the Minneapolis police officer who taunted George Floyd while he crushed his neck beneath his knee for eight long minutes. It was shared by the officers who stood by, passively, while Floyd begged for his life and onlookers pleaded for the assault to end. Even though they knew they were being recorded, they filed a police report that was wholly refuted by video – they were that certain.

    That certainty was shared by the white men who chased down Ahmaud Arbery and ruthlessly shot him in the street, claiming with no evidence that he was a burglar. 

    It has long been the agonizing truth that, without video evidence to the contrary, police who shoot unarmed Black people will always be given the benefit of the doubt. Some white officers – and self-appointed vigilantes -  are so accustomed to the benefit of the doubt that even their knowledge of video evidence does not faze them.

    Minneapolis has erupted in outrage. The primal scream of anguish – what Martin Luther King, Jr., called “the language of the unheard” – reverberates across the nation. We pray for those who have taken to the streets, that they will refrain from violence – and for the police who are responding, that they exercise restraint and de-escalate tensions.

    The officers who participated in the deadly assault of George Floyd were fired within 24 hours, and shortly after the National Urban League and the Urban League of the Twin Cities demanded their names, have been identified. They are Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng.

    These men no longer deserve the benefit of the doubt.  Their word can no long be trusted. Their records – which, in the case of Chauvin and Thao, include a disturbing number of use-of-force incidents and civilian complaints – must be thoroughly examined for evidence of the racism and inhumanity they displayed during George Floyd's deadly assault.

    The National Urban League and the Urban League of the Twin Cities further demand: 

    • Arrest and criminal prosecution of the four former police officers.
    • Immediate public release of all bodycam footage of the incident captured by MPD and Minneapolis Parks Police.
    • Appointment of an experienced, independent expert from outside the department to investigate the conduct of the four officers.

    This nation is haunted by the souls of the thousands of Black men and women whose killers never were brought to justice. We owe it to them to see justice done for George Floyd.

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  • 03 Jun 2020 8:02 AM | ULYP-STL Admin (Administrator)

    Urban League Leaders Respond to Civil Unrest

    By National Urban League
    Published 03 PM EDT, Tue Jun 2, 2020

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    Click Here to read the Urban League response letter.

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  • 03 Jun 2020 8:01 AM | ULYP-STL Admin (Administrator)

    Civil Rights Leaders Call For National Day of Mourning; Demand Federal Action to Reform Police

    By National Urban League
    Published 04 PM EDT, Tue Jun 2, 2020

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    NEW YORK (June 1, 2020) -- The leaders of the nation’s leading civil rights and racial justice organizations have issued a joint statement in response to the unrest ravaging America’s cities. These leaders and their organizations are:

    • Melanie L. Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
    • Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law
    • Vanita Gupta, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    • Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
    • Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP
    • Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League
    • Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President, National Action Network

    Their statement is below:

    “The tragic and senseless loss of Black lives to police-involved violence over the last several years --  and the callous indifference to justice in response – should have been enough to persuade the nation of the need for dramatic change.  The last several days have made it impossible to ignore.

    “We call on the nation to join the civil rights community in observing a National Day of Mourning on Thursday, as George Floyd’s family prepares for the painful task of laying their loved one to rest. We will spend the day in reflection and prayer for racial reconciliation and an end to the violence that is ravaging the nation.

    “Our communities, already saturated in grief over the COVID-19 pandemic, have been pushed to the brink by relentless police brutality and vigilante injustice. Now, white nationalists intent on stoking divisions and discrediting the racial justice movement have smashed their way into this cauldron of anguish and rage.

    “There is only one way out of this crisis. The rift between the police and the communities they are sworn to protect can be healed only by a comprehensive and realistic plan for reform and accountability.

    “The brutal killings of African Americans by police and vigilantes – as well as the appalling, inappropriate response by police to peaceful uprisings, highlight the need for comprehensive review and revision of police training procedures, hiring standards and use of force policies.

     “We look forward to working closely with members of Congress on a bipartisan basis to advance these policies and other desperately-needed reform measures. We stand with impacted families and communities as they remember and mourn George Floyd, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor and countless others. We cannot rest until we get true justice for African Americans and other marginalized communities who bear the brunt of police violence.”

    CONTACT:
    Teresa Candori (National Urban League)
    212-558-5362 | tcandori@nul.org

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