On Monday August 26, 2019, 6:30 p.m., the Ambler Branch will be hosting a “Unified Front” press conference with the 13 municipal police departments within its jurisdiction.

In a 2018 NBC News Survey Monkey Poll, 64% of Americans stated that “RACISM”, remains a major problem in our society. The poll was coincided with the MSNBC Town Hall Special: “Everyday Racism in America”.

On the heels of the tragedies in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and the factory plants in Mississippi the seventeen police departments of our jurisdiction (Ambler, Franconia, Hatfield, Lansdale, Lower Gwynedd, Lower Salford, Montgomery, Souderton, Telford, Towamencin, Upper Dublin, Upper Gwynedd, Whitpain), stand united against any discrimination or bias that might occur in the communities we serve.

In response to the recent Philly Voice and Philadelphia Inquirer articles related to the Montgomery County Police Officers’ posting insensitive and racially offensive social media posts; we stand affirmed in this significant “Teachable Moment” as Civil Rights Activists’.

A teachable moment to work with our respective police departments to address the impact of public distrust when officers are not aware of explicit or implicit biases.

A teachable moment to have continued conversations and commitments with Police Department leadership, to examine and strengthen current social media policies and potentially collaborating to recommend new policies.

We stand united in a teachable moment to engage in establishing formalized community relationship building agreements with all of our respective police departments so our communities can be assured that they will be equally received and responded to when reaching out to their police departments.

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. The Ambler Branch NAACP has a vision to actively engage and enlighten all members of this community that civil rights are human rights!

A successful society is dependent on engaged citizens that embrace civic engagement and optimal knowledge; the Ambler Branch is committed to rising to that expectation and community service delivery.

The press conference will be held at the Ambler American Legion Post, 351 Maple Avenue, Ambler, PA 19002.

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