On September 30, 2010, one hundred and ten Black men came together to begin a dialogue that ultimately led to the development of a ten-year agenda aimed at addressing the crisis facing Black Men in the City of Philadelphia. Men from all walks of life attended the meeting – including the Mayor, the District Attorney, the Chair of the School Reform Commission, leadership of the local NAACP, usinessmen, community activists, religious leaders (from a variety of backgrounds), doctors, and educators, etc.
The result of this gathering was an agreement to develop/produce an Agenda for action, along with a relevant plan of action-steps. Our resolve to form this Agenda is accompanied by an understanding
that these issues are long-standing and transgenerational, hence we recognize that our efforts will require a long-term commitment connected to a passionate and patient pursuit of our agreed upon objectives. Because we all differ, we may all employ differing skills and tools in our working together; but we must be single in our agreement to work cooperatively in order to form, and execute, the Agenda that we develop.
At the initial gathering of this collaborative effort attendees were asked to self-appoint themselves to
four respective Committees. These Committees were charged with the task of reporting back to the general consortium after a designated period. Their reports were to include a mission statement, recommendations and action steps.
Each Committee submitted a report through their Chairman that responded to the original mandate
given to each. These reports - all produced and assembled by the efforts of men who were volunteering
the time and efforts - varied in length, tone, format, etc. It was then determined that a basic format
should be developed that would allow for a synopsis of the Committee Reports in a standard, cogent
form, for purposes of this document.
However, it was also determined that the original work of these Committees, as submitted by way of
the Reports offered through the respective Chairmen, be made available for review and publication via
a website dedicated for that purpose. Accordingly, the full report of each of the Committees can be read
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1. Stay Calm Don't Argue
2. Turn off the car and turn on internal lights
3. Open the window
4. Keep your hands where police can see them
5. Upon request show police driver's license, registration and proof of insurance.
6. Politely ask why you are being pulled over.
7. Dont't talk yourself into a ticket
8. Make no moves whil police are talking to you.
9. In certain cases your car can be searched withou warrant. To protect yoursel later, you should state that you do not consent to a search. It is not lawful for police to arrest you simply for refusing to consent to a search.
10. Don't bad mouth a police officer or run away, even if you believe what is happening is unreasonable. This tyoe of behaviour could lead to your arrest.