The Failing Drug War in “Murdertown”
“Ending the drug war will not be a cure-all
for racial disparities, but it is a necessary first step.”
—Major Neill Franklin
The Failing Drug War in “Murdertown” — A radical rethinking of police and community relations, will be the subject of a public forum held at the First Unitarian Church on March 12 at 4 p.m.
With a determination to understand and address the racial catastrophe known as the “war on drugs,” the church is bringing back the Forum, a popular educational and outreach event.
The keynote speaker will be Major Neill Franklin of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP). A former Baltimore City and Maryland State police officer, Major Franklin will speak about the drug war he fought on the streets for over 25 years — the impact on the communities he served and the toll it took on police themselves.
Following the talk by Major Franklin, a panel will speak briefly and answer questions. Panelists include Delaware State Senator Margaret Rose Henry, Chief Administrative Officer for New Castle County and former prosecutor Kathleen Jennings and Patrice Gibbs, racial justice activist and former street racketeer, of Cease Violence Wilmington.
In addition to the First Unitarian Church, several area social justice organizations are co-sponsors, including YWCA Delaware, ACLU of Delaware, Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence, Delaware Center for Justice, and Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow.
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