The Unite Rochester Community Response Panel, which includes CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, held a public forum on Monday, July 25, 2016 to examine how the Rochester community is responding to racial tensions. The forum, moderated by Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle Senior Engagement Editor Julie Philipp, was held at the School of the Arts Auditorium, 45 Prince St., Rochester, NY, 14607. This event was recorded and can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFbpe-cOD7Y
Other members of the Unite Rochester Community Response Panel who spoke at the forum included Michael Ciminelli, Rochester City Police Chief, Sherry Walker-Cowart, Civilian Review Board/Center for Dispute Settlement President & CEO, Karen Magnuson, Democrat & Chronicle Executive Editor/VP of News, Cynthia Herriott Sullivan, Unite Rochester Justice Committee/Seamless Communications Group COO,and David Sanchez, M.K. Gandhi Institute Youth Program Organizer. Individual Response Panel members included Jerome Jackson, Rochester Institute of Technology Director of Social Media & Crowdfunding and Jean Carroll, YWCA of Greater Rochester CEO.
A Unite Rochester Follow-Up to the Forum will be held on Tuesday, August 9 from 8:00- 9:30 a.m. in the First Amendment Room at the Democrat & Chronicle, 245 E. Main St., Rochester, NY. to discuss what was learned during the forum and how to leverage that learning to further strengthen the Greater Rochester community.
CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle shared his thoughts about the recent tragic events in Dallas, TX (and elsewhere in the nation) in a guest column, published in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle on July 9, 2016. Read the full text here:
The Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle printed Dr. Marvin A. McMickle's "Unite Rochester" blog post on Sunday, June 27, 2016 which was entitled, "Guns! Guns! Guns!"
Dr. McMickle shared a frightening story about his father being threatened with gun violence, and strongly asserts that arming more citizens with firearms will only exacerbate the problem.
Read the blog post here:
The CRCDS community gathered in the chapel on Monday, June 13 to remember the victims of the tragedy in Orlando. Those in attendance prayed for the LGBT community in Orlando and around the globe while calling for an end to violence against all people. Please join us in our continued prayer for peace and healing for the Orlando community and for all those touched by violence.
To view a portion of the service, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZk5RxMwwg4&feature=youtu.be
In his latest Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle "Unite Rochester" blog post, CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle expresses his dismay at the ruling in the Stanford University rape case, and asks some probing questions about justice, race, and the American judicial system.
Read the essay here: http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/unite/2016/06/07/the-double-standard-still-exists/