How Do We End Police Violence in Albuquerque?

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By LA JICARITA

In the wake of the killing of James Boyd on March 16, 2014, a group of community leaders came together to create Protect and Serve ABQ, designed as a collaborative effort of local community-based organizations who shared a desire to end police violence in Albuqeurque. They hoped “to inspire constructive community dialogue about the relationship between law enforcement and the ABQ communities they serve.” Among the first community events they organized was a TEDxABQ salon. TEDxABQ is a locally driven monthly speaker series event committed to building community dialogue and giving a platform for community members on issues important to Albuquerque. It is linked to a global organization that defines itself as a a group that “believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.”

Sommer Smith of MediaDesk NM and Pat Davis of ProgressNow NM, came together under the name protect and serve ABQ and curated the TEDxABQ event. They asked six community members, organizers, professionals and even one former law enforcement officer to share their ideas and visions for what it means to confront the problem of police violence in Albuquerque and what it means to protect and serve in ABQ. They gave each speaker eight minutes on stage. Among those they asked was La Jicarita’s David Correia. Watch a video of his speech here: