“Whenever a disaster happens, for some reason the city is slow to respond to people in ethnic communities, in low-income communities."
Fort Myers, Fla., resident Ta’Wan Grant, regarding the slow emergency response from local authorities in the wake of disasters, like Hurricane Ian. While other communities are receiving large swaths of attention and aid, some communities, like the historically African American neighborhood of Dunbar, feel they are overlooked despite being without power and clean drinking water. (NPR — Oct. 3, 2022)
Othor Cain, a Jackson, Miss., radio host, regarding his criticisms of Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba’s lack of action regarding the city’s decades-old water problems, which have been recently exacerbated by heavy rains and problems at a water treatment plant. Critics of Lumumba argue that the mayor has failed to provide clear leadership while his supporters believe he deeply cares for Jackson and inherited extensive problems from previous city administrations. (Associated Press — Sept. 30, 2022)
Robert Metzger, a historical battle re-enactor who chairs the board of Fort Klock Historic Restoration, regarding New York’s new gun law that declares parks, government property and other “sensitive” places off limits to guns and how the law could potentially impact public re-stages of battles from the colonial era to the Civil War. (Associated Press — Sept. 28, 2022)
“No one is saying the city should not remove trash, but when we’re seeing MacBook Pros, that’s just straight up targeting of unhoused people.”Zal K. Shroff, senior attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, regarding the lawsuit that was filed against San Francisco to demand that the city stop harassing and destroying the belongings of people living on the streets. (Associated Press — Sept. 28, 2022)
Rep. Ro Khanna, regarding the secure transport industry process known as “gooning,” in which teenagers are forcibly and unexpectedly taken into a vehicle and transported to a boarding school, foster home or treatment center. Sometimes these teens are restrained with handcuffs or zip ties, other times they might be blindfolded or hooded. Criminal charges are rare within the industry due to its lack of regulation, which some lawmakers are trying to change. (Associated Press — Sept. 27, 2022)