Rev. Cornell Lewis over at his blog DCF Plantation has an excellent article about the recent Moral Monday march and what is happening here in Hartford Ct. Community and Police Cohesion As Illusion, Lie, Betrayal has these lines:
“There is war being waged in Hartford’s black community by black moderate leaders and militant activists about how to engage police. However this mantra of community police cohesion is nothing but illusion, foisted on the rabble in order to remove any hope of galvanizing real dissent against HPD. Those ruling forces in the City of Hartford handpicked willing leadership for promotion of the greatest illusion since Houdini escaped handcuffed / upside down while immersed in some large glass enclosed water tank. The ruling elite desperately want people to believe there are themes of commonality between Hartford residents and police. Let me be clear. HPD along with city leaders are using certain Negro and white activists [ the latter flown in from out of town for this specific purpose ] to make it seem as if dialogue is happening to iron out any difference existing with angry residents over insensitive cops who oppress the common people.”
Along with this blog article by Rev. Lewis there is a statement as an eyewitness account of what happened here on Moral Monday, Reflections on Moral Monday CT. From a White Female. She begins her story of the day this way:
“Today was a turning point for me. I acted on what I’ve been saying I respect for a long time while watching from a distance. I know that many people whose opinions and approval are important to me may disagree with what I did. The best I can hope for is their understanding of my need to act on what my gut tells me is right. Here’s the story…”
Police Storm Christ Church Cathedral Hartford Ct. During Moral Monday.
Another account of the day
Account from Osagyefo Seko one of the organizers of Moral Monday.
“In a bizarre turn of events, nearly a dozen police officers stormed Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, CT after the first Moral Monday CT event–which included a die-in at City Hall and an unpermitted march in downtown. As we marched back to the church, officers blocked the street in front of the church, came in and demanded to speak to me. Bishop John Selders–leader of Moral Mondays CT and my elder brother–intervened. The Vicar of the church stood next to me and said, “If you take him you have to take me.” As police attempted to isolate Bishop Selders clergy gathered around him. The Assistant Chief of Police of Hartford was dispatched. As the Dean of the Catherdal and Vicar along with Bishop Selders and Pamela Moore Seldersmet with the Assistant Chief, I lead a crowd of about 50 folks gathered in the hall in freedom songs. Linda E Kelly and Gretchen Honnold of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and Lizzy Jean of Deep Abiding Love Project were on hand as support saw it all. We are all stunned by the fact that they came into a church and at the fact that I seemed to be targeted. But to be sure the Hartford Police know now, they have not authority in the House of God! It is just not a slogan: Ferguson is Everywhere.”
Statement of Leslie Butler Mac Fadyen
“Something is wrong with today. These police officers were dispatched & came specifically to take Rev Osagyefo Sekou away from this church. Just HIM. In America. In THE NORTH. In 2015.”
an excellent idea was brought up: