Leaders and organizations speak out against racism and the recent local and national police brutality incidents against African Americans
By ONME Newswire
On Friday morning, June 19, Black organizations from throughout Fresno, CA came to the Fresno EOC Local Conversation Corps located at the Reverend Swillis Neighborhood Youth Center, on 1805 E. California Ave., in Fresno, CA to educate the public, especially on the Juneteenth holiday. The ONME Network and CMAC,simulcast the live press conference online and on TV.
Rising Star Baptist Church Pastor B.T. Lewis felt it was necessary to educate the Central Valley community about the longtime works and efforts of these organizations continually on the battle grounds to fight racism and discrimination against African Americans.
“These are the leaders of organizations and movements in our city that labor daily against the racism and prejudice deeply rooted in the fabric and consciousness of people in our community and the systems, institutions, and policies that govern us,” said Lewis. "Our mayor, our mayor-elect, and others in leadership in our city and in our county can a-test to the fact that these leaders set the tone for effecting change and community response to a consistent trend of injustice and inequity in the legacy systems, institutions, and policies that govern day to day life as an African American in Fresno."
Each leader spoke for 45 seconds to present their name, the name of their organization, their statement against racism, and their vision and their organization’s vision for building a community of righteousness, justice, equality, and a better quality of life for African Americans in our community.
African American Leaders / Organizations will include:
Action of Change - Michae Lynn Lewis
African American Clergy Task Force – Pastor B. T. Lewis II
African American Caucus for the Democratic Party – Daren Miller
African American Museum - Board Member Barigye McCoy
BAPAC – Christopher Washington
Black Nurses Association – Dr. Carol Drake
Fresno Black Wall Street - Adrian Harris
BLOC (Black Leaders Organizing Change) - Viva Straughter
BWOPA – Cynthia Sterling
The California Advocate – Mark Kimber
Concerned Citizens of West Fresno- Mary Curry
The Dawn Proposal - Dr. Venise Curry
Fresno EOC Conservation Corps – Shawn Riggins
Fresno Metro Black Chamber – Tara Lynn Gray
Fresno Street Saints – Pastor Brian King
Golden Westside Planning Committee- Debbie Darden
Heat - Diane Smith
Fresno NAACP - Leroy Candler
National Action Network – Dr. Floyd Harris
The ONME Network – Julia Dudley, Lenice Najieb
St. Rest Community Development Corp. – Pastor DJ Criner
Take A Stand - Janice Sumler
United Black Men – Ron Hill
West Fresno Democratic Club - Mikki Addison
West Fresno Faith Based Organization – Pastor Bruce McAlister
West Fresno Family Resource Center - Yolanda Randles
Westside CDC – Pastor Paul Binion
Fresno Unified School Board President Keisha Thomas
FUSD African American Academic Acceleration Program Director, Wendy McCulley
Dottie Smith, Fresno County Democratic Party Central Committee Representative
Trustee Eric Payne, State Center Community College District
Trustee Kimberly Tapscott-Munson, Fresno County Board of Education
Retired Police Sargent – Robert Mitchell
The ONME Network is rebroadcasting last weekends 2020 Virtual Juneteenth Jazz and Blues event on Saturday from 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM and a part 3 Juneteenth broadcast Sunday, June 21 from 12:00 PM -4:00 PM.