Residents can access messages from City of Alexandria leaders and watch a video of the June 2 town hall regarding the killing of George Floyd, a black man, who died at the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25.
The statements and town hall are part of the City’s commitment to acknowledging and dismantling the systematic and institutional racism that pervades all institutions, resulting in unequal outcomes for people of color in areas such as education, health, employment, transportation, housing, environment, income, wealth and the arts.
The City of Alexandria posted a collection of videos and written statements from City officials, including statements from Mayor Justin Wilson, Sheriff Lawhorne, Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter, City Manager Mark Jinks and City Race and Social Equity Officer Jacqueline Tucker, and Police Chief Michael Brown. The site also includes a video message from Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. and another from members of the Alexandria Police Department.
Residents can also watch a video of the “Facing Racism. Demanding Change.” Virtual Town Hall, the first in a series of town halls hosted by ACT for Alexandria and the City, held Tuesday, June 2. The event featured a panel of civic leaders, including Living Legend and Activist Joyce Rawlings; Councilman John Taylor Chapman; Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Gregory C. Hutchings Jr.; and Alexandria youth leader Kamryn Powell. The panel was moderated by City Race and Social Equity Officer Jacqueline Tucker, who also presented data and information that reveals the impact of systemic and institutional racism on the residents of Alexandria.