Together Baton Rouge Refuses to be Divided by Shootings

In a press conference covered by the New York Times, National Public Radio and the Wall Street JournalTogether Baton Rouge leaders repudiated recent violence and called for careful and intentional dialogue about community divisions and policing. “We condemn violence of any kind…” said Lee Wesley, the pastor of Community Bible Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.  During the press conference, leaders stood behind the lectern wearing “Together Baton Rouge” buttons and hoisting signs saying “We refuse to be divided.”

TBR will soon hold meetings about community policing to address “how we employ people in our law enforcement agencies, how we vet them” and more.  Together Baton Rouge also plans to address this issue with all mayoral candidates running this fall.

In Baton Rouge, a Divided City Faces Two Different TragediesNew York Times [pdf]
Multi-Racial Organization Aims to Bring Baton Rouge TogetherNPR
La Desigualdad Endemica de Baton RougeEl Pais [pdf]
Together Baton Rouge Preaches ‘All Lives Matter’ in Path to Move City ForwardFOX 8 [pdf]
John Bel Edwards Asks Baton Rouge Group to Start Community Dialogue About PolicingTimes-Picayune [pdf]
After the Baton Rouge Shootings, a City Joins Together to Honor OfficersChristian Science Monitor [pdf]
Local Group Vows Changes in Baton Rouge, and HealingThe Advocate [pdf]
A Tale of Two Baton RougesWall Street Journal [pdf]
Baton Rouge Tries to Bridge DivideWWLTV [pdf]
Baton Rouge Unity Group: The City Needs ChangeKATC 3-ABC [pdf]
Together Baton Rouge Adopts Request to Lead Community Policing InitiativeGreater Baton Rouge Business Report [pdf]
Together Baton Rouge Preaches ‘All Lives Matter’ in Plan to Move City ForwardWAFB [pdf]
Together BR to Distribute Popular PinsThe Advertiser [pdf]
Faith Based Group Calls for Change in Baton RougeWDSU [pdf]
Together Baton Rouge Shares Message of UnityArkLaTex [pdf]