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United We Stand

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As a child I was taught when to speak and when not to speak… Well, it is time to speak. As the President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Elgin Branch 6174; and after speaking to Reverends Byron Green, D. W. Townsend, Steven Ward, EPD, Chief Patrick South, Mrs. Bettye Lofton and Mr. William (Shorty) Russell; we are on the same page about expressing our feeling in the killing of Mr. George Floyd. We all know who he was and the details leading to this moment in history in our country. We are extending to the community of Elgin, the opportunity to come and take a peaceful stand for the community of Elgin and its citizenry. We have agreed to this gathering, with full support: “let us stand together as a symbol of solidarity in the city of Elgin.”

Restore our strength, renew our minds, and cast out anything that’s not of You… We are aware and truly understand a protest is a way to say what you are representing and your opinion, a non-violent action. We are aware in this world movement today, our Black men have an invisible target on their back. Due to circumstances, we are not able to have a protest in Elgin.

We are not saying all policemen are bad, all Blacks are criminals or are all Whites are racist. We are saying they should be held accountable for their actions and they are not above the law. Prosecuting police officers for misconduct, homicide and/or murder is very hard to do; we know that by reviewing the cases from the past.

My personal statement to the Minnesota Police Department is one of urgency… the African American community has waited long enough to see a change in our communities and receive equal justice under the law. It is a proven fact prejudice can’t be hidden at the voting polls. So we will see you at the polls in November.

The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

The vision of the NAACP is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.

NAACP is a voice for the voiceless, but George Floyd was not voiceless; he said, “I can’t breathe…”

Gwendolyn Johnson, NAACP Elgin President