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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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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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