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Unity Project aims to build on issues raised at rally

SoVaNow.com / July 30, 2020
As a result of the Black Lives Matter rally in South Boston on June 2, police and community representatives have been meeting in open forums to discuss issues of racism, policing, diversity and distrust of law enforcement.

A new group, the Halifax & South Boston Unity Project, has sprung up from the BLM rally, and, with the participation of local law enforcement officers, met on six occasions to hash out topics ranging from police procedure to racism. The goal, say Unity Project organizers, is promote law enforcement transparency and accountability, and build bridges that ultimately will enhance public safety and relationships.

“These first meetings were hectic and harsh, but everyone got on the same page with a plan,” said Everett Thomas, a local business owner and founder of Choices 180, a prior effort to support at-risk high school students in Halifax. As part of its trust-building mission, the group soon hopes to conduct role-playing exercises where officers and citizens will switch sides so each can better understand the challenges the other faces.

“We are in the process of launching a role reversal activity where law enforcement can step in the community shoes and the community can step in their shoes,” said Everett.

On Tuesday, Thomas traveled to Quantico to attend a workshop on role-reversal activities with law enforcement agencies. He will be sharing these videos and exercises at the next meeting. Quantico is the federal government’s training site for FBI and DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) agents.

The Unity Project has hosted six meetings since the Black Lives Matter rally, which attracted hundreds of people to Constitution Square to protest the killing of George Floyd and other African Americans in police custody. Participants at the meetings have included members of the South Boston Police Department and Town of Halifax Police Department, Y.A.Y. Halifax, LLC (Youth Assisting Youth), local pastors, Town Council members and others.

Y.A.Y. Halifax is a new youth organization founded by Nevaeh Hodges, the lead organizer of the June 2 rally in South Boston. Hodges, a senior at Halifax County High School, also is a founding member of the Halifax & South Boston Unity Project.

For change to be affected nationwide, we must start locally with our own home of Halifax County,” said Hodges.

According to Thomas, talks with local police have already borne fruit. At a meeting two weeks ago, the discussion turned to the subject of non-lethal force and devices at the disposal of local police — Mace, batons, and Tasers, among other weapons. Out of that conversation with South Boston officers, new information came out, Thomas said. “The police stated they have not been in possession of Tasers since November 2019.”

From that, he concluded, the policy of the SBPD governing non-lethal force “needs to be updated.” Inconsistent policy creates problems for officers and citizens alike. “Let’s help clean the house, we want to build up the community,” said Thomas.

The Unity Project is hoping to set up the role reversal exercise in partnership with the South Boston Police Department. The intention will be to create uncomfortable scenarios that help each participant, whether law enforcement or local citizen, understand the hardships on both sides.

“Law enforcement will see how their community feels and the community will see how their police officers feel,” said Gregory Scott, JROTC instructor at Halifax County High School and another member of the Unity Project. “We as a community must come together to fight all aspects of inequality, injustice, and brutality.

“Sometimes it’s just as simple as walking in someone else’s shoes,” said Scott.

In the coming week, Unity Project members plan to approach Town Manager Tom Raab to discuss their intentions, and members say they will attend the next South Boston Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 10.

A target date for the role reversal project would be sometime in the next six months, with deference given to social distancing and public health recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The group’s next meeting is set for Aug. 12.

Anyone interested in joining the Halifax & South Boston Unity Project can reach out to local attorney Elizabeth Blair Trent, another founding member, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 434-471-0301 for more information.



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