Securing Our Future: Young people speak on leading change in community-police relations
On Wednesday, some 200 young people and those who advocate for them converged at the Pennsylvania Convention Center to discuss the real and perceived problems they see in community-police relations. The initiative — Securing Our Future: Re-imagining Philadelphia’s Community-Police Relations — came together through the work of PCHR, the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, My Brother’s Keeper Philadelphia and the Mayor’s Office on Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs.
In a half-day of moderated discussions and brainstorming, the participants — largely aged 16 to 24 — gathered in groups and exchanged experiences and ideas for improvement. Their thoughts were captured and compiled for a report to be presented to members of the Nutter Administration and the Philadelphia Police Department.
As conversation on reforming police policies in wake of local and national controversies continue, these young people are aiming to make their feelings and voices known. An elected set of ambassadors will continue the dialogue at a formal City Hall presentation and group discussion with representatives of the Philadelphia Police Department.
Updates can be found with the hashtag #SecureOurFuture. All photos courtesy of Bill Z. Foster Photography.
PCHR Executive Director Rue Landau offers greetings to the hundreds assembled at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
PCHR Deputy Director Randy Duque helped set the tone for the afternoon.
More than 200 young Philadelphians and their advocates hashed out their experiences and ideas in candid conversations on improving community-police relations.
PCHR Commissioner Wei Chen (r.) listens to an intense dialogue.
PCHR Commissioner Saadiq Jabbar Garner makes a key point during a table discussion.
Students and staff from the Jubilee School join U.S. Attorney Robert Reed, City Council Majority Leader Curtis Jones Jr., Police Advisory Commission Executive Director Kelvyn Anderson and Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin J. Bethel for a popcorn break.
Brandon Brown, member of the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males, moderates a table discussion.
Ricardo Calderon of Aspira helps to moderate a discussion.
One attendee captures his reflections on paper.
Securing Our Future organizers (l-r) My Brother’s Keeper Philadelphia Christine Piven, Mayor’s Office on Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs Executive Director Jennifer Rodriguez, Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission Executive Director Kelvyn Anderson and PCHR’s Deputy Director Randy Duque and Executive Director Rue Landau.