WeHo to Host Virtual Panel Discussion on Racial Injustice in Recognition of Juneteenth

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West Hollywood is hosting a virtual panel discussion about racial injustice on Friday, June 19, 2020, at 5 p.m., in recognition of Juneteenth, the date that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Panelists will discuss issues of racial injustice and police violence, and will provide a critical lens and legal and historical perspective on why the movement is happening in the way it is today, and how the progressive LGBTQ+ community can be engaged in next steps to create meaningful change.

Panelists will include: Barbara Arnwine (moderator) President & Founder of Transformative Justice Coalition; Jasmyne Cannick, political strategist; Sinbad, actor, comedian, and activist; Marcus Smith, Emmy Award-winning senior producer for KTLA5 News; and Marquita Thomas: Executive Director of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will provide a welcome and introduction.

Community members may live-stream the panel by visiting the City’s website at www.weho.org/wehotv or on the City’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/wehotv; on streaming services such as AndroidTV, AppleTV, FireTV, and Roku; and through broadcasts on Spectrum channel 10 in West Hollywood and AT&T U-verse channel 99 throughout Southern California. Members of the public wishing to ask questions of the panelists prior to the meeting may email alovano@weho.org no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

At its regular meeting on Monday, June 15, 2020, the City of West Hollywood’s City Council approved support for a pledge issued by President Obama to commit to action to address police use of force policies. This pledge includes review of law enforcement use of force policies; community engagement that includes a diverse range of input, experiences, and stories; and reporting the findings of such a review to the community to seek feedback.

Juneteenth is recognized on June 19 each year and is a date that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19 in 1865, more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, that news reached Texas and orders were read in Galveston that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. Juneteenth is not only a reminder of a painful chapter in American history, but it also serves as an opportunity for people to recommit to combat all forms of modern-day slavery, human trafficking, and racial injustice.

The City of West Hollywood remains in a declared local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While Los Angeles County is allowing for a phased reopening of some businesses and activities, coronavirus transmission and COVID-19 disease remain a serious risk. West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to in-person transactions, but City Hall services remain accessible by phone at (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org. City of West Hollywood coronavirus information is available at www.weho.org/coronavirus.

For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s Juneteenth panel, contact Andi Lovano in the City of West Hollywood’s Community and Legislative Affairs Division at (323) 848-6333 or at alovano@weho.org.

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