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Even in the midst of systemic fights and advocating for human rights, BAG co-founder Melanie Funchess has a smile so bright she could’ve been a candle light. This is our birthday shoutout to a light that shines bright.

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Even in the midst of systemic fights and advocating for human rights, BAG co-founder Melanie Funchess has a smile so bright she could’ve been a candle light. This is our birthday shoutout to a light that shines bright. 

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Love this!!! Happy solar return my dear sister! 😍😘🔥🌻

Momma, you got it, Gurrrrl. Stay happy.

Happy Birthday!!! May this year of liberation bring an umpteenth amount of joy your way!!

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Happy Birthday Mama Mel❤️🥰!!!

What a fantastic photo! Happy birthday Melanie Funchess !

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⚠️⚠️⚠️The Lineup for our RASE-ism in Rochester FB live series just got better!

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⚠️⚠️⚠️The Lineup for our RASE-ism in Rochester FB live series just got better! 

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Yes I think community panel could be a instrumental in recruitment and hiring of public safety roles if we reimagine what they system should be. But RPD is unreformable and dangerous and their union has too much power over the well being of our community.

Exactly, baba almost any compassionate unarmed soul could have handled that better than RPD. They failed miserably in assisting that child and family and this is one incident in hundreds that went unchecked.

Yes, Important to note that white women have benefited more from these programs for minority and women owned businesses more than anyone. We need to be as aggressive about correcting this.

They’re “common sense” tells them that black skin is dangerous and not worthy of respect and care.

I was young, but I remember the feeling in this town was lighter when he was in office.

How many RPD are CIT trained? Are they Mental Health First Aid trained.

mentor/peers Need real foot soldiers out there on the ground... We can sit around a table and talk all day but if we don't go out there and teach our youth then where is value

Economic Education and Financial literacy

Thank you, Mayor Johnson. Always a pleasure!

And I know because I coordinated this conversation to be presented to the Mental Health portion. Ask the community what they want and need then build.

Extensive police training on mental health

Totally agree Mayor Johnson miss Mr. Cedric Alexander

Power back to the community: Thank you, Melanie.

In my opinion too many police officers have huge egos

I was asked today to do a one hour training now called Crises Intervention Training (CIT) for 30 Law Enforcement officers how to interact with people with Autism (and Developmental disabilities) on de-escalation. So the opportunity is there Impact training.

Yes I appreciate the platform Mayor Johnson very informative.

Truth is necessary. Dr. Joy did an excellent job yesterday to share the lies generations have been told.

Absolutely Mayor Johnson

Yes Simeon. Indeed I so agree. We need to engage more people.

The point is the opportunity to Impact training is there.

And investing in the current models of policing have not been effective in addressing the violence in the community.

They just blocked/limited 50A to access the records he’s speaking about.

And data and history has shown they are NOT safer with over policing.

Excellent points, Mel!!!

Why do you think people who do not want to live around BIPOC are so eager to teach and police them?

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WATCH LIVE: A multi-series discussion featuring former Mayor Bill Johnson and other local Black leaders. Tune in to #BAGlive as we explore the “No Time for Excuses: It’s Time for Action” report on systemic racism in Rochester.
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