The resolution an extension of Crampsie Smith’s long career of advocacy

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Co-sponsor of the “Resolution urging the creation of a Community Engagement Initiative in the City of Bethlehem” Councilwoman Crampsie Smith followed, highlighting her extensive enlightening experience and ending with a strong pledge for life-long advocacy.

  • Some misconception about the purpose of this resolution.
  • I also attended [like Mr. Reynolds] all the marches and rallies.
  • We need to give citizens of this city a voice beyond the rallies.
  • It’s a mechanism for the citizens of this city.Grace Crampsie Smith 2
  • They are the ones who are going to navigate this process.
  • I’m hoping we can have a virtual meeting at some point.
  • I have almost 40 years of experience working in mental health . . . [etc.] . . . and the majority of the people and students I have worked with are people of color.
  • I’ve learned a great deal from them . . . I have tried to open my mind . . .
  • This [resolution] is a vehicle by which the citizens can come and express their concerns, and we can work together to try to make changes . . . in all areas.
  • Even though I do have white privilege, I have, and I will continue to advocate for people of color, people living in poverty, people who have mental illness, addictions, you name it, I will continue to advocate till the day I die.

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