A panel of community leaders will lead a discussion on systemic injustices in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday as a part of the “Heal America Tour”, a series of events designed to spark productive dialogues on inequality in America. The event, hosted by Bishop Omar Jahwar in partnership with Stand Together, will take place just a few miles from the location where George Floyd was killed while in Minneapolis police custody.
“The Minneapolis community is in need of healing and solutions following the tragic death of George Floyd. All sides must rally together around a defined call to action that examines racial injustices across our society and elevates viable solutions to improve police interactions in communities and beyond,” Bishop Omar said in the release. “We must stand united and seek justice, equality and fruitful productivity from each one to another.”
Last week, I was part of a movement that was so powerful that it shifted my thought process. I was invited by @bishopomarjahwar and @standtogetherfoundation @standtogether to participate in singing my song “Freedom” on this platform. This was more than just singing.. this was an serious moment for me that really brought it home to my purpose again.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had some interesting things to say about the "Defund the Police" movement going on across the country. Cuban took part in a conversation at an event in Dallas called Heal America: A Course Correction Conversation on Race, Citizenship and Humanity, which was hosted by Stand Together and Urban Specialist. He was one of the many guests that talked about the issues going on in the country, including police brutality. Cuban said he's not a fan of defunding the police but has an idea of what can be done.
There’s a common sentiment that athletes should just “shut up and dribble” and refrain from commenting on civil rights violations that are plaguing Black communities across the United States. But after the senseless killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd—just the latest examples of the injustice plaguing the nation—numerous athletes, executives and professionals in the sports industry have been stepping up to offer support.
Last night, an event hosted by @theurbanspecialists and powered by @standtogether, brought a diverse group of local and national leaders (law enforcement, business executives, athletes, celebrities, faith leaders, civil rights advocates) to have an open discussion on the difficult issues America is grappling in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, from calls to defund the police to questions about how to combat institutional racism. “Can America really work for everyone, given our country’s history with racism and injustice? And if so, where do we go from here?” "Because it is the right thing to do!" When asked by Bishop Omar Jahwar why he has used his celebrity to be a difference maker. "It's just the right thing to do." - @mcuban
NBC 5 continues to host conversations about what we are seeing unfold in the country following the outcry for change after the death of George Floyd. NBC 5 Anchor Vince Sims talks to the founders of Stand Together and Urban Specialist about their event ‘Heal America’ and how they are helping bring the community together.