Deaconess Foundation Investing in Ferguson Calls-to-Action

By on October 2, 2017

From The St. Louis American:  The Deaconess Foundation will invest $100,000 in a public policy campaign that pursues change through grassroots advocacy, civic engagement and community organizing focused on at least one of the Ferguson Commission Calls-to-Action.

The foundation is seeking applications from community organizations, coalitions and public campaigns positioned to focus the region’s energy on the civic engagement required to move in the direction of racial equity the Ferguson Commission set forth in its work. The report was issued on September 14, 2015 – two years and a day before the not-guilty verdict in the Jason Stockley murder trial engulfed St. Louis in new protests.

“Two years later to the day, the nature of imbedded and implicit bias in the region’s systems of public safety and judicial accountability were highlighted again,” said Rev. Starsky D. Wilson, Deaconess Foundation’s president and CEO and former co-chair of the Ferguson Commission. “The community’s distrust of these systems comes at a high cost, borne out in preparations for the Jason Stockley verdict and protests since throughout the region.”

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