There’s an excellent summary of the May 9 meeting of the Champaign Community Coalition on the Cheatsheet blog site. The first few paragraphs are reproduced below but for the full story, check out the original posting on the Cheatsheet blog: https://cheatsheetcc.blogspot.com/2018/05/champaign-community-coalition-59.html. There are reports from the Urbana Police, NAACP, Carle Healthy Beginnings, Youth Employment Services, Urbana Part District, Moms Demand Action and more. Very good information on what’s happening in the community!
Here’s the start of the report……
The Champaign Community Coalition had its monthly meeting yesterday. More information about the organization on the Cheat Sheet here and their website here. A theme that ran through the meeting was about the weather improving with the season and a need to redouble efforts for the violence and crime that comes with it. Police representatives and activists alike pointed to the idle time on people’s hands, being outdoors more, and even issues where people want to leave their windows open or using their garages and sheds providing opportunity for theft when left unsupervised. The Champaign Police representative summed it up his advice as “Lock it / Hide it / Keep it.”
The Urbana Police representative noted an increase in shootings already from last year, including two since the last meeting. There has been a general uptick in the usual “juvenile shenanigans” such as criminal damage, fights, and so on. There were a few questions about what has been shattering windows on area interstates, but there wasn’t any new information other than they’re still working on it and to report anything suspicious you see.
The Champaign County chapter of the NAACP had a presentation by their president, Minnie Pearson, about the work they do locally. This ranged from investigating reports of discrimination and work to resolve them under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. She highlighted….. <see more at the Cheatsheet blog site>