“Why does Beat The Streets exist?
To correct the injustices we see that exist for kids of color in Providence, especially for black boys and girls. What happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others is horrible and tragic. Behind these ugly actions are systemic issues in our society that we must all confront and dismantle. It is not just the responsibility of the police, but all of us, including nonprofits, to do better. We must provide an equitable and just society for our young people. No one wrestles because it is easy. It is precisely the things that are hard in life that are worth pursuing. Anti-racism is no different.”
Community: A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common; a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
We applaud and are happy to be working with the Providence Police Department. We are lucky to have such a great department who are very involved in the community and public affairs. On July 18th, we had 11 coaches, 9 wrestlers, and 4 officers who had a very engaging, uplifting, and informative discussion with many questions answered by Sgt. Eddy Chrispin and Detective Janine Busby, who are Boston Police Officers, as well as Captain Henry Remolina and Sgt. Anthony Roberson, who are Providence Police Officers.
The first Justice Talk was very empowering and successful in gaining knowledge and understanding. On August 27th, we engaged with 7 coaches, 15 wrestlers, and 3 Providence Police Officers. They were Captain Henry Remolina along with Officer Traci Miller and Officer Nathaniel Colicci.
We thank everybody involved who were able to have a very open conversation to build awareness, learning and understanding of everyone’s thoughts and ideas.