The Tucson Urban League Mission
The mission of the Tucson Urban League is to advance economic and social prosperity for African Americans and other under served Tucson area residents by creating access to opportunity through advocacy, community partnerships, and programs and services.
Statement from Tucson Urban League President and CEO Debbi Embry
RE: Ferguson, Missouri
We are of course indescribably disappointed. We are disappointed in the grand jury’s decision. We are disappointed in St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch’s focus more on the media’s reaction to this injustice than to the loss of Michael Brown’s life. We are disappointed that this does not reflect the best of what our nation can be. This is not a proud day for America. We uphold the justice system and legal structure that has helped to guide the course of America and many of the rights we all enjoy today.
This tragedy has exposed the persistent state of emergency that grips not only Ferguson, but our nation as a whole. It is imperative that we address the issues of employment, education, and racial profiling that to often leave too many African-Americans and predominately African American men oppressed.
We call on the Tucson Police Department and the Tucson City Council to begin a dialogue with our community to addresses these issues. We believe that by working together proactively we can restore the American Dream to those who believe it has become a figment of past. Now is the time to restore community policing and community investment programs that build trust and remove barriers that have led to law enforcement agencies feeling disconnected from the people they serve.
We must remain ever-vigilant in our quest for and journey toward accountability, justice, and reform through the nonviolent peaceful protests and demonstrations that have led to the most sustained change throughout our nation’s history.
We keenly understand that the function of government is to uphold the rights of citizens. We call on all law enforcement agencies in every town to protect both the lives and well-being of citizens and their rights to speak and assemble peacefully. Anything less is another injustice."