Petition is successful with 2,182 signatures
To: County Executive Steve Stenger
After Ferguson, We Must Change Police and Court Practices in St. Louis County
We won-- the first step, anyway. More than 2,100 of us signed the petition, and 300 of us held a march and die-in that shut down the county justice center the first week in December.
Together, we got Stenger's attention.
His transition team agreed to work with us on a summit where area officials can discuss reforms to the debtor prison system trapping low-income people and people of color in prison for traffic violations, court fees and other minor violations and to institute or expand community policing procedures.
His team will also help us work to change policies so that area nonprofits can access funds from an under-utilized state program to get more services to young people of color in the county.
It's a small step but moves us in the right direction toward dismantl ing a legacy of decisions that choked off opportunity for people of color in the region for decades.
Please know that your support has helped us initiate something that can feed into the larger stream of work for racial justice in Ferguson, the region and our nation.
Thanks for everything you do,
Gordon Mayer (on behalf of Rev. Dietra Baker, Laura Barrett and Gamaliel)