Youth & Police Partnership

 

The Voice of Montbello Podcast

 


Here’s the Latest! Black Lives Matter 5280 – Christina Xlimit (March 3, 2017)

Christina shares her fears with the students about incidents of escalated police violence against people of color, and discusses solutions for opening a peaceful line of communication between the two.

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Background  

In the summer of 2016, a series of police violence erupted in Dallas, TX, Baton Rouge, LA, and St. Paul, MN, which shook the nation. Episodes of deliberate use of excessive force by the police against people of color were being reported across the U.S. As a result, Colorado residents of color were gripped with fear of the local authorities, many of whom they perceived as being in violation of their sworn duties to uphold the law and protect all Colorado residents. In response to the growing communication rift between the residents of Denver and the officers who protect them, Mayor Michael Hancock reached out to CLLARO, among others, to facilitate a peaceful community dialogue between community members and police officers

This inspired CLLARO to partner with socially and politically active students at McGlone Academy in Montbello and the District 5 Denver Police Department as a means to change community perceptions of the police who serve Montbello, improve community relations with the police, reduce incidences of racial profiling, and to make those dialogues accessible to everyone. McGlone students in this group and CLLARO firmly believe that by establishing positive interactions between officers and members of the community, we have an unparalleled opportunity to improve the quality of life in Montbello for both residents and officers alike. Each week, students convene to discuss possible solutions for uniting their community in the midst of an uncertain political environment, interviewing various leaders in the community who offer suggestions for bridging the gap that exists between officers and the communities they serve.


Denver Police Department (District 5) – Commander Ron Thomas (May 5, 2017)

The Commander offers suggestions on how students can become more socially active in their community.

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The Immigration Law Offices of Arturo Jiménez – Arturo Jiménez, P.C. (April 14, 2017)

Arturo offers expert advice on the constitutional legal protections in place for immigrants, and shares some personal stories about his interactions with the police as a youth

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Denver Police Department (District 5) – Commander Ron Thomas (April 7, 2017)

Commander Thomas takes the time to distinguish the role of local police from the role of federal immigration enforcement officers.

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Black Lives Matter 5280 – Christina Xlimit (March 3, 2017)

Christina shares her fears with the students about incidents of escalated police violence against people of color, and discusses solutions for opening a peaceful line of communication between the two.

Denver Police Department (District 5) – Commander Ron Thomas (Feb 10, 2017)

Commander Thomas discusses solutions for strengthening the Montbello community, and shares some of his personal experiences which inspired him to become a police officer.


Related Podcast Interviews Produced by the Voice of Montbello Podcast Club

McGlone Academy – Mayorvy Cifuentes

McGlone Educator Cifuentes shares his story about his journey to becoming an educator after immigrating as a child from Guatemala with his parents.

 

Denver Police Department – Chief Robert C. White

Chief White discusses the roots of institutionalized racism and why it is so important for students to break down these perceived barriers to ensure a safe and equitable future for students of color. He also provides a valuable perspective on a day in the life of an officer, and how officers respond in various situations where their life might be in danger.

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In Part 2 of this interview, Chief White discusses his motivations for becoming a police officer and fields some tough questions regarding police violence and structural racism.

 

Community Activist – Alex Landau

Landau shares his well-known “Traffic Stop” story after he was the victim of police brutality during a routine stop in January of 2009. He inspired the students to increase awareness about police brutality.


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