#georgefloyd

https://www.cedu.niu.edu/c-and-i/about/faculty-and-instructors/koss-melanie.shtml

Conversations about racism have spiked since the killing of George Floyd. Some people have shown interest in learning about different cultures. A northern Illinois educator said there’s a simple way for people to do this.

Melanie Koss is an associate professor in the department of curriculum and instruction at Northern Illinois University. She teaches young adult and children’s literature.

Connie Kuntz

Many people turn to their faith during uncertain times. And two northern Illinois faith communities are making sure their members are supported.

George Davis is a member of the Spiritual Assembly Baha’is of Rockford.

Davis said the Baha’i National Spiritual Assembly offered guidance for both COVID-19 precautions and handling the death of George Floyd.

https://www.facebook.com/rogue1tba

The death of George Floyd ignited protests across the country. But some communities also experienced looting. Aurora was one of them. A local artist used graffiti to help beautify what was destroyed. WNIJ delved into the history of this “City of Lights” artist.

Sam Cervantes was driving through the city’s downtown area on his way to work.

“This is at 8:30 in the morning and there's just droves of people with brooms and dustpans,” he said.

Then he saw them boarding up windows.

Connie Kuntz

It's been more than two weeks since the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in Minneapolis. One police officer is charged with murder and other officers face charges related to the death. Floyd's killing has spurred protests around the country including northern Illinois.

 

   

Perspective: Support BLM Like You Mean It

Jun 11, 2020
photographer unknown, in Scherer family collection

“Black Lives Matter” is not just an expression, it is a fundamental truism in any fair society. It's deeply resonant because of the inherent and systemic injustice and violence that remains prevalent, and particularly commonplace in police forces around the country. But racists, in their willful ignorance, just don’t see it. Most racists probably don’t even know that they are racists.

  

In 1903 W.E.B DuBois wrote “Either America will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.” 

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s office released a statement in response to accusations of mistreatment of inmates at the county jail.

 

The 815 Mutual Aid Network is a Rockford-based collective dedicated to providing resources in the surrounding area amid the pandemic. It alleges that on June 2nd a group of Winnebago County Corrections officers assaulted several inmates, leading in one case to a broken arm, and then shot tear gas into their cells. 

 

City of Rockford

After over a week of protests in Rockford, Mayor Tom McNamara has released a statement with a working list of four steps designed to address police brutality and misconduct.

 

Mayor McNamara has signed onto the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance which promises incremental police reform via “common-sense limits on police use of force with feedback from the community.”

 

DeKalb Protests Move To Courthouse In Sycamore

Jun 4, 2020
Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco / WNIJ

Protesters continue to gather in DeKalb County to call for an end to racism and police brutality.

Wednesday was the fifth consecutive day of protests in DeKalb County as hundreds assembled in front of the courthouse in downtown Sycamore. 18-year old organizer, Tiana McAllister, is part of the team of two that planned out the march.

Connie Kuntz / WNIJ

Help was on hand for protesters attending the Rockford Youth Activism rally in Haskell Park Tuesday. In the 90 degree heat, volunteers on bicycles were ready with first-aid kits and handed out water and  peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

The group billed its event as a "March Against RPD Violence." That was in response to protests that turned violent in Rockford Saturday night, when protesters marched to the Rockford District 1 police station. Someone broke a window and Rockford police officers in riot gear surrounded the building. 

Spencer Tritt / WNIJ

DeKalb police issued a city-wide alert Sunday night, ordering stores to close and for people to shelter in place because of “protests and looting.”

A weekend of peaceful protests against police violence changed tone Sunday evening after most of the crowd that had been marching in the streets dispersed. There were reports of looting in the area of Hillcrest and Annie Glidden.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

There were demonstrations across the nation Saturday, including Rockford and DeKalb, protesting the death of George Floyd and other police killings of African-Americans.