Black Lives Matter

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On Thursday, the Task Force to Advance the State of Law Enforcement in Arkansas delivered its recommendations to Governor Asa Hutchinson, who established the group in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing protests around the country. The task force included law enforcement and community activists and delivered 27 recommendations.

After five months of meetings, the Task Force to Advance the State of Law Enforcement in Arkansas is getting ready to submit its report and recommendations to Governor Asa Hutchinson. We check back in with KenDrell Collins, an attorney in Little Rock, and Jimmy Warren, a community activist in Conway, who are both members of the task force, to find out more about the work the group has been doing since June.

Courtesy / Aaron William Clarke / City of Rogers

Aaron William Clarke, a community organizer and co-founder of Bridge the Gap NWA, is running against incumbent Mark Kruger for Rogers City Council — the first African American to do so.

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Over Labor Day weekend, Aaron C. Williams, co-founder of the new Northwest Arkansas race reconciliation group, Bridge the Gap, traveled to Harrison to host a community cookout on the town square. In the days leading up to the event, Williams invited white nationalists from the region, including a local chapter of the KKK, to join him in finding common ground. A film crew from ABC Nightline was also on hand following Williams campaign for a segment scheduled for air Sept. 21.

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The Boone County Quorum Court, Harrison City Council and Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce signed identical resolutions yesterday that denounce racism and encourage the Arkansas legislature to introduce and pass comprehensive hate crime legislation.

Courtesy / City of Fayetteville

After Fayetteville voters approved nearly $37 million in funding for a new police department headquarters in a special election in 2019, the city has entered the design phase of the project. But following the recent police shootings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake, opponents are calling for the money to be invested elsewhere.

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Long-time legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union — Arkansas affiliate, Holly Dickson, has been selected to serve as executive director. Dickson assumes the positive during a global pandemic which ACLU declares is "laying bare the systemic oppression at the root of inequality in America." 

Courtesy / Harrison Community Task Force on Race Relations

A Change.org petition demands the removal of a billboard in Harrison advertising a White Nationalist internet broadcast. The hate billboard is one of a half dozen erected, then taken down over the past decade.

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The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Review Board approved the move of a controversial Confederate monument in Bentonville to a nearby private park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996 for commemorating Confederate Veterans and their cause, the statue was installed and is owned by James H. Berry Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. 

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Aaron William Clarke and Jessica Angelica, with over 80 other Black Lives Matter supporters, demonstrated in Zinc, Arkansas Sunday afternoon calling for the dismantling of the Ku Klux Klan, which has long operated a remote compound in rural Boone County. The peaceful protestors offered a BBQ meal to hundreds of armed Arkansas militia and White Nationalists as county law enforcement closely monitored and controlled the situation. 

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