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Forum to Address Improving Ithaca’s Relationship With Police


A community forum is set for Wednesday night in Ithaca that will focus on improving engagement between law enforcement and community members, as well as diversity in the city’s police department. The forum will also tackle community policing and reimagining public safety.

The Ithaca Police Benevolent Association, NYS AFL-CIO Social Justice Taskforce, Southside Community Center, and various community players have helped to organize this event. The New York State AFL-CIO created a Social Justice Task Force in August 2020 to serve as a forum for frank and honest dialogue, and more importantly a vehicle for real and meaningful change to make our society and our movement more equitable and just for New Yorkers of color. The goal of the night, according to organizers, is to have a healthy dialogue with members of the community, community-based organizations, law enforcement, and labor.

Wednesday’s forum gets underway at 6 with doors opening at 5 at the Southside Community Center on South Plain Street.

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