Thursday, August 5, 2021

Play

A new study says current federal limits for exposure to wireless radiation should be hundreds of times lower for children, and President Biden calls out the governors of Texas, Florida for "bad health policy."

Play

Analysts warn the Delta variant could dampen economic recovery, former president Trump attempts to keep his federal tax returns away from Congress after a court ruling, and Mexico sues several U.S. gun makers.

Statewide Community Forum on Racism Set for Saturday

Play

Tuesday, July 7, 2020   

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- As the nation continues to grapple with police violence against people of color, the ACLU of Wyoming is hosting a virtual community forum on racism this Saturday. The event will take place online via video conference.

Antonio Serrano, advocacy manager for the group, said he hopes people in communities across Wyoming who have experienced racism in any form -- whether at school, at work, at the doctor's office or at the hands of police -- will share their stories.

"And this is going to be an event that's not going to be live-streamed; we're not going to be having law enforcement present, we're not going to be having media present. This is just for the community to be open and share what's really happening," Serrano said. "Because, too many places, we feel unheard. So, we want to make sure that people feel heard this time."

Serrano said at some recent events, hosted by elected officials and law enforcement, community concerns have been dismissed. He said leaders claim police misconduct isn't happening in their jurisdictions, or explain steps taken to ensure that behavior isn't tolerated.

Serrano pointed to the killing of unarmed Robert Ramirez in Laramie after a traffic stop in 2018, shot in the back by a deputy who still is employed in the Albany County Sheriff's Department, as one example that Wyoming still has work to do. He said people who have not experienced racism or police brutality but want to help create lasting change also are invited to the forum.

He said he expects many will be surprised to hear first-hand examples of oppression people of color deal with on a daily basis.

"I really hope that allies, they'll show up and listen, not take up space," he said. "They'll just hear what people around them, their neighbors and friends, what they're kind of experiencing all around us, and they don't even see it. It will be a good learning experience for people like that."

The forum follows in the wake of ongoing demonstrations across the globe -- including in Casper, Cheyenne and Laramie -- protesting the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

To join the community forum, register online at the ACLU of Wyoming's website, aclu-wy.org.


get more stories like this via email

In the United States, home-care workers, mostly women and people of color, earn on average only $12 an hour. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Advocates for people with disabilities in New York are pushing for the federal budget resolution to include $400 billion in Medicaid …


Environment

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Freshwater mussels are key to keeping the Chesapeake Bay watershed clean, and with more than half of all species now facing …

Social Issues

BUFFALO, Wyo. -- The doors of five historic community halls across Johnson and Sheridan counties were opened this past weekend for 15 people curious …


Over the past six decades, there has been a steady increase in the number of fires in the western United States, according to NASA. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Massive wildfires in the Western U.S. and Canada have triggered poor air quality in North Carolina over the past few weeks, and …

Environment

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Farmworkers are in Olympia today, calling for stronger protections from extreme heat. The farmworkers union Familias Unidas por la …

A video from July shows sockeye salmon with red lesions and fungus because of the Columbia River's hot water. (Conrad Gowell/Columbia Riverkeeper)

Environment

BOISE, Idaho -- Rallies are taking place across the Northwest to support salmon, which face dire conditions in the Columbia River Basin. Saturday…

Environment

IXONIA, Wis. -- The public comment period has ended, but opponents of proposed natural gas storage facilities in southeastern Wisconsin still hope to …

Environment

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvanians are growing worried about the environmental consequences of natural-gas drilling in the state, according to a new …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021