March 12: The Failing Drug War in ‘Murdertown’


The Failing Drug War in “Murdertown”
A radical rethinking of police/community relations

Why is the war on drugs failing? Why do violence and high incarceration rates primarily impact residents in our minority neighborhoods? What can be done to change the dangerous and damaging dynamic in police and community relations in Wilmington?

First Unitarian Church Public Forum
Sunday, March 12, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
730 Halstead Rd., Wilmington DE 19803
Doors open at 3:00 pm

A free public forum on The Failing Drug War in “Murdertown” — a radical rethinking of police and community relations. Local social justice organizations will have tables for information and action plans following the event.

With a determination to understand and address the racial catastrophe known as the “War on Drugs,” First Unitarian Church is hosting and co-sponsoring a free public forum.

Keynote Speaker: Major Neill Franklin (Ret.) of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), formerly with the Baltimore City and Maryland State Police

Panel discussion with:

Margaret Rose Henry (D. Wilm.), State Senate Majority Leader
Kathleen Jennings, Chief Administration Officer for New Castle County,former deputy attorney general, Delaware Department of Justice
Patrice Gibbs, racial justice activist and former street racketeer

Major Franklin will open the forum with a keynote speech about the drug war he fought on the streets for more than 25 years — discussing the impact on the communities he served, and the toll it took on police themselves. Panelists will be asked to give brief remarks in response to the issues raised by Major Franklin and the audience will be invited to submit questions.

Co-sponsored by ACLU-Delaware, Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow, Delaware Center for Justice, Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence, and YWCA-Delaware.

A reception in the Parish Hall will follow the event.

Questions: (302) 478-2384





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