The Vulgar Bully Pulpit

June 11, 2020
RE: Columbia Public Schools’ Extended Educational Experience Program

On Monday, June 8, 2020, former Rock Bridge High School students presented a list of student demands to the Columbia Public Schools Board of Education.

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June 10, 2020
Race Matters, Friends Sends Open Letter RE: Violence at Local Protests

Our organizations call upon the police to prioritize the arrests of any person(s) who use(s) a vehicle to intimidate or injure protesters - and complete transparency to the public about their response.

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June 9, 2020
Race Matters Friends Responds to Vehicle Stop Report (2019 data)

According to the data, ​racial disparities for Columbia, Boone County, and the State of MIssouri have increased yet again in 2019.

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June 6, 2020
RMF Debuts New Volunteer Sign Up Process!

The more we look, the more challenges we identify. Luckily, interest in working in cooperation with Race Matters, Friends is also growing! We need a robust and organized volunteer base, ranging from offering general assistance event-by-event to semi-regular volunteer positions for membership and managerial roles! Whatever your levels of comfort, confidence, skills, or capabilities, we […]

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June 4, 2020
RMF Requests Community Uploads

https://bit.ly/2MrcXl9. Race Matters Friends is providing a link to our Google Drive for uploading any media - photos, video, audio recordings - associated with the protest activities occurring in Columbia, MO

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May 26, 2020
CPS Pandemic Survey: Fixed It!

Columbia Public School district has apparently overlooked the larger "community" as it chooses to engage - once again - only with those community members who are parents of students currently in attendance at CPS. The last we checked, everyone's taxes paid their salaries. Everyone's vote appointed the school board members. Everyone should have the opportunity […]

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May 17, 2020
CPS Timeline

This blog will serve as a living document to collect and organize articles and documents relevant to CPS discrepancies in treatment, opportunities, and disciplinary outcomes of black, LGBTQIA+, and special needs children enrolled in Columbia Public Schools. 2019: Smithton Middle School -- wrongfully identifies 14 yr old black female student as involved in altercation to […]

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May 14, 2020
COMO: RMF Community Response to COVID-19

RE: CoMO Speaks; Common Needs for Public Health & Safety; Mitigating Pandemic Challenges; and a Return to Our Lives COLUMBIA, MO., 14 May 2020 -- Race Matters, Friends (RMF) would like to take this opportunity to disrupt yet another example of either/or binary thinking in addressing community problems. There are inherent conflicts with both Mike Trapp […]

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May 11, 2020
Critique: CPS Board of Education 2020.05.11

Columbia Public Schools Board Meeting 11 May 2020, CPS Discussion/Agenda Tonight, the Columbia School Board will most likely give a raise to a superintendent who answers to white supremacists and mediocrity in the name of progress. A superintendent who is not very honest and passive-aggressively deceptive because he can not manage any critical assessment of […]

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May 11, 2020
RMF Says NO to Contract Extension for Columbia's Dr Stiepleman 2020.05.11

Race Matters, Friends President Traci Wilson-Kleekamp sent a video note to Helen Wade, President, Board of Education, Columbia Public Schools before the most recent board meeting, 2020.05.11. In this video, Traci Wilson-Kleekamp summarized Race Matters, Friends position of ongoing disappointment with Dr. Stiepleman's performance, administrative process, and lack of transparency and accountability. Ms. Wade responded to the email, noting that she would share the link with the board members.

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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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