Exactly one year ago, June 19th 2019, Etika posted a suicide/ apology video on YouTube, and was later declared missing. He was a funny, encouraging, and positive person, and his death really affected me. I think it was the first time I cried over someone's death, because I've been pretty fortunate about all my family and friends staying alive. Etika's death really gave ma that eell that wa anly
Divesting & investing: money diverted away from police is redistributed to areas disproportionately affected by poverty and lack of infrastructure (often communities of color) Redirecting resources into community-based initiatives: this helps local grassroots groups that have been doing work in those areas for so long and who know and have been engaging with their own communities Implementing __non-police solutions to social problems: Affordable housing, healthcare, employment--all are safety issues Instead of punitive or criminalized, restorative and supportive community measures can address these issues More counselors, after-school programs,
In March the iconic Christ The Redeemer was illuminated in various flags to pay tribute to those countries affected by the coronavirus and over the weekend, it glowed with the image of a medical uniform as a tribute to medical workers. The statue also had 'thank you' inscribed at the bottom of the illumination.