Latest in a series of posts on the George Floyd killing
Barbara Diamond enjoys retirement as Lehigh University Director of Foundation Relations by engaging in various activities and organizations hopefully for the betterment of the community. Her particular interests at the moment are preventing gun violence, local government ethics reform, and Bethlehem Democratic Committee work.
In 2016, in response of widespread protests related to police killings, LEPOCO issued the following statement and call to action. It is notable that the recommended course of action then is much the same as we hear today; there has been little discernible progress over the last four years. We are not likely to see the changes we need and want until we hold political leaders at all levels to account for their inaction. I am heartened by the sustained demand for change expressed through these protests, maybe we are at a turning point. We will get meaningful change if the people in the streets carry their fervor into the voting booth in the next election cycles for national, state, and local offices, and prioritize racial justice and policing with their votes.
LEPOCO is a Bethlehem treasure. How many cities can boast an organization dedicated to peace?