Open Letter from NOC Board on the Murder of Philando Castile

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change

1101 W Broadway Ave #100

Minneapolis, MN 55411

July 7, 2016

As board members and leaders of Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), our hearts are heavy today, and continue to break as we learn about and react to the senseless murder of Philando Castile by an officer of the St. Anthony police force.

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Time and time and time again, we have witnessed Black people and other people of color brutalized and murdered by the very police forces we should reasonably expect to protect and serve us.

Another Black person has been murdered in our state, and his killer has been placed on paid administrative leave. The system continues to fail - we’ve waited for police, grand juries, prosecutors, and countless others to take action to address this type of violence, and at every turn, justice has been denied.

For too many in our community, our current law enforcement system simply does not keep us safe. The time has come for a sea change in the way we think about community safety.

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We must liberate the protection of our communities from a policing structure built on principles of white supremacy in order to protect the wealthy ruling class. Our current law enforcement system cannot be fixed with incremental reform. We must envision, build, and publicly fund radical alternatives to community safety. We must prioritize youth engagement, mental health, and jobs and employment rather than punitive measures.  And we must begin now.

We, as board members of NOC, will be standing, marching, and working in solidarity with the beloved community to demand justice for Philando Castile, his family, and every Black person who has experienced this type of state sanctioned violence, brutality, and murder. And we will organize relentlessly for the system change we need.

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Signed, the Board of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change:

Angela Conley
Kerry Felder
Cacje Henderson 
Denise Huynh 
Maleta Kimmons 
Irna Landrum 
Manu Lewis 
Merone Melekin 
Mohamed Mohamed 
Karen Monahan
Kandace Montgomery
Atom Robinson 
Ryan Stopera 
Daniel Yang 


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