Getting Out in Front
Beginning in 2009, while hiking in the Wilderness during their ALF Fellows year, Class I Senior Fellows Wendy Byrd and Cynthia Wagner Weick forged a bond over discussions about race relations in our Country. In August of 2014, in response to the police shooting of Michael Brown and the ensuing protests and clash between citizens and law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, the two decided it was time to address the issue head-on. Drawing from the strong support and assistance of the ALF Great Valley Senior Fellow network, the two led the way for a regional convening and on March 14, 2015, 140 regional leaders from law enforcement, community service organizations, churches, business, government, and educational institutions gathered on the campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, to discuss community relations and law enforcement in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced Counties. These discussions included actionable ways to make our region a model for healthy and respectful relations between law enforcement and the community. The Getting Out in Front Report summarizes the discussions and the major themes that emerged.