In The News

January 17, 2020
Confidential Survey: Child's CPS Experience

Happy New Year! With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s holiday coming up Monday, January 20, I want to encourage everyone to find ways to be "active" in 2020. First, RMF has been on break since December. We reconvene on January 29 at Bethel Church, 201 Old Plank Rd. If anyone is aware of free meeting […]

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November 21, 2019
Lynn Maloney steps down from RMF Executive Board

RMF’s inquiry into racial equity at Columbia Public Schools came after the President of the Missouri NAACP asked us to advocate for a mother whose child had been wrongly arrested by the police department. Since that time we have learned of four cases pending against CPS regarding harmful disciplinary practices.

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November 21, 2019
Columbia Warrant Amnesty Dec 9-20, 2019

"This warrant amnesty applies to outstanding warrants from Columbia Municipal Court for anyone facing arrest for failing to appear for traffic and parking tickets or other City of Columbia ordinance violations."

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November 14, 2019
Open Letter to Columbia School Board Members

We are writing with regard to RMF’s call for Carla London’s resignation.This letter is a response to the ongoing lack of engagement following the arrest of Ms. Kandas Holmes-Barnes’ daughter in January of this year.While we remain firm in asking for her resignation, we want to comment on the responses we have received from Dr. […]

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October 15, 2019
Race Matters, Friends uses Community Bail Fund for the first time

Traci Wilson-Kleekamp on Sunday morning drove on snow-covered roads to bail a woman out of jail. The woman had been in jail overnight for failure to appear on a citation for having no proof of insurance and an expired tag. She was the first recipient of services from the Race Matters, Friends Community Bail Fund, […]

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September 16, 2019
CPD Officer Faces Discipline for Wrongful Arrest at Smithton Middle School

I think it is appropriate and welcome that Chief Jones made his decision public. We should also understand that these kinds of outcomes are attributable to decisions made by management. I personally don't support one SRO serving six middle schools for free, partially paid, or for a substantive contract service delivery amount. I object to […]

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November 30, 2018
NAACP, Columbia Police continue to discuss definition of community policing

In years of discussions about community policing, two competing concerns tend to arise: Does the Columbia Police Department need to change the way it thinks about and practices community policing? Or does the department need increased funding to hire more officers? More officers would mean more time devoted to forging connections in neighborhoods, the argument […]

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April 11, 2017
Two misconceptions about systemic racism, debunked

Over the past year and a half, our community and country have been focused on issues of race and racism to a degree unseen since protests against South Africa’s Apartheid system in the 1980s and early 1990s. Mentioning a town called “Ferguson” or a group called “Concerned Citizen 1950” in any gathering will start some […]

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