at Oklahoma City University
Free to the Public -- 9/21/2015
A Community Conversation on Law Enforcement and Citizen Rights.
This year, Oklahoma City will observe the International Day of Peace -- Monday, September 21st -- with a program on Police and Community Relations. The program will feature OKC Chief of Police Bill Citty and Rev. Jesse Jackson, pastor of the East Sixth Street Christian Church in Oklahoma City. A moderated Q&A session is included.
On a per capita basis, according to the Guardian.com, more people have been killed by police in Oklahoma than in any other state (2015). The racial disparity is startling.
|"Our event is a talk between Bill Citty, Oklahoma City |
Police Chief, and Jesse Jackson, a Disciples minister,
about relations between African Americans and
the police in Oklahoma City."
--Don Heath, Edmond Trinity
Christian Church (Disciples)
As defined by the United Nations, the theme of this year's International Day of Peace is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.
To illustrate the possibility of bringing the community together in search of solutions, we are aiming for an honest discussion of police / community relations in the OKC metro area -- including the controversial subject of police violence. We are calling our program, "Healing the Breach."
|Rev. Jesse Jackson|
Peace Drumming Circle outside of the Great Hall
Moderated Discussion featuring:
Rev. Jackson is the pastor of East Sixth Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma City and the President of the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of the United States and Canada, a nationwide gathering of African American Disciples. He holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Phillips Theological Seminary.
Chief Citty is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma City. He began his career with the Oklahoma City Police Department in 1977. Chief Citty worked throughout the Police Department including Patrol, Narcotics, Homicide, and other divisions. He was the Department's Public Information Officer during the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building.
Casady Schools Service-Learning Program
Center for Conscience in Action
Edmond Trinity Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Joy Mennonite Church
Pax Christi USA
The Peace House
Respect Diversity Foundation
United Nations Association, Oklahoma City Chapter
|The Tom & Brenda McDaniel University Center|
at Oklahoma City University, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave., OKC