Michiana Alliance

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Following last week’s shooting in Atlanta that left six Asian American women dead, local activist groups came together Monday to show support for the Asian American community.

Every Monday, members of the Michiana Peace & Justice Coalition picket on the corner of Main Street and Jefferson Boulevard in downtown South Bend. This Monday, though, they held signs that said, “We stand with our Asian brothers and sisters,” and “Stop Asian hate.”

 

South Bend activist groups once again called for more transparency in the policing process at the Community Relations Committee meeting Tuesday night.

Committee Chair Lori Hamann said the purpose of the meeting was to commemorate Black History Month by having an open conversation around police reform. 

 

Black Lives Matter – South Bend member Mya Perry said while the Common Council acknowledged the need for community policing initiatives, it has yet to implement any. 

 

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Several groups gathered for a post-election demonstration in South Bend Wednesday night. Local chapters of the Sunrise Movement, the American Indian Movement and the Northern Indiana Democratic Socialists of America demonstrated for what they called “the people’s agenda.”

The South Bend Common Council voted on Monday, Oct. 5, to establish a community police review board. Black Lives Matter – South Bend and the Michiana Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression held a joint press conference on Tuesday to celebrate and elaborate on the ordinance.

At the conference, Black Lives Matter – South Bend member Dé Bryant said that while the review board is a big step toward reforming community policing, it’s not an all-purpose solution.