As agreed, we’ll be sharing the summaries of our steering committee meetings and any other meetings we have to keep you aware of what’s happening behind the scenes. It’s been busy this week, so please review the major highlights below to see what we’ve been up to. If you have questions or comments, please use the space provided below or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have updated our mission and vision statements to ensure our purpose is clear and we all are working toward the same shared ideas and goals for Cecil Solidarity. The information is with our graphic designer to add to our website and we will let you know when it’s been posted.
Follow Up Meetings with Community Leaders
The Board of Directors had meetings this week with community leaders to discuss our shared goals and ways that we can partner in our police and education reform efforts for Cecil County.
Meeting 1: On Tuesday, June 30, we met with the Presidents of the NAACP, Elyse Murray, and Rev. Kevin R. Brown of the Greater Elkton Ministerial Alliance of Cecil County to discuss the current state of affairs, what our partnership should look like moving forward and our shared goals and vision for police and education reform demands.
Next steps: Our next steps will be to see the current plans from both groups and to coordinate future efforts to avoid duplicating efforts.
Meeting 2: On Wednesday, July 1, the Board of Directors met with Dr. Alan McCarthy, County Executive, to further discuss our goals and vision and determine how best we could collaborate to address immediate concerns with gaps in existing policies for the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office. Specifically, we discussed the current drug testing policy and have asked that he push for the inclusion of testing for anabolic steroids, a Class 3 controlled substance, as this is not currently a part of the existing screening policy. We also asked for and requested that he ensure that de-escalation training for law enforcement officers be adhered to and hours and vendor be documented.
Next steps: Follow up emails are being sent and updates will be provided when available.
Meetings with Sheriff Adams of the Cecil County Police Department and Chief Donnelly of the Elkton Police Department have been scheduled for the coming weeks. More information will be provided soon.
Supporting Local Businesses on Website
In addition to promoting local Black-owned businesses on our website, we will also be adding local businesses that support our cause. Please check back for an updated list on our website later in the week.
Requests to join the Community Engagement Committee, the Education Committee and the Voter Engagement Committee and the Book Discussion Group have been posted. Please click the respective links to apply and or learn more today.
- Perryville Roadside Protest: Sunday, July 5 – Perryville Library and local area on Rt. 40 @ 12:00 p.m.
- March for Accountability: Wednesday, July 8 – North East Library Parking lot at 2:00 p.m.
- Elkton Roadside Protest: Saturday, July 11 — Elkton @ 11:30 a.m.