Congressman Hosting Call-In Program On Race Relations

Peaceful protesters gathered in Stafford Township and marched on the bridge to Long Beach Island for racial equality. (Photo by Kyle Gronostajski)

  OCEAN COUNTY – In the midst of issues with race relations, and conflict between law enforcement and protestors, a local congressman is hosting a call-in town hall on these issues.

  Congressman Andy Kim (D-3rd) will be holding a telephone town hall on Sunday, June 28 at 4:30 p.m. to discuss issues impacting the black community including policing reform and the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis. He will be joined by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and the author of the Eric Garner Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act, which would ban the use of chokeholds by law enforcement officers.

  Residents in the 3rd District can sign up for it here:

  “Events of the past months have made clear the vast inequalities in our criminal justice system and our economy for black Americans,” said Congressman Kim. “These are issues that need to be confronted and that demand solutions. I’m proud to be joined by Chairman Jeffries for this important conversation and look forward to speaking with our neighbors across Burlington and Ocean Counties about what must be done toward the goal of justice and equality.”

  Kim co-sponsored the Justice in Policing Act, which would reform law enforcement with the aim of greater public safety. In the past weeks, Congressman Kim has joined peaceful demonstrations calling for justice for George Floyd, has held a virtual forum on discrimination and bias, and has met with black community leaders to hear their concerns and discuss solutions on police reform and other critical issues.