Forum on Policing Brings Together Black and Brown Communities

SAN DIEGO, CA -- Black and Brown community members will come together today, May 23, for a community forum that seeks to explore ways both communities can work together to combat abuses by those who are supposed to protect and serve them.


Hosted by Alliance San Diego and American Friends Service CommitteeBlack & Brown Building Unity Through Resistance seeks to build relationships and unity between black and brown communities in San Diego County. The event will also mark the 7th anniversary of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas' death at the hands of border agents.


Event Details


What: Black and Brown Building Unity Through Resistance
When: Today, May 23 5:30 PM - 8 PM
Where:  Malcolm X Library - 5148 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92114
Panelists:  Anastasio's widow, Maria Puga; Bishop Cornelius Bowser, Charity Apostolic Church; and Tasha Williamson, Co-founder of San Diego Compassion Project

To schedule media interviews with the panelists, please contact ChaKiara Tucker at [email protected] or 404.630.9677.

Maria Puga, widow of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas, stated the following:

"Today, Black and Brown communities stand united to put an end to law-enforcement abuse. My family has endured 7 long years of grief, since my husband was violently taken from us by federal border enforcement agents. Now, we are strengthening our fight and our voices, and we are ready to take the next step to ensure that communities of color stand together to hold a law enforcement accountable."

Bishop Cornelius Bowser, with Charity Apostolic Church in El Cajon, CA stated the following: 

"When all community members are treated with dignity and respect, they will in return recognize peace officers as legitimate, which will create healthy relationships and build bridges of trust between officers and communities; especially communities of color."

About Alliance San Diego
Alliance San Diego is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) community empowerment organization working to ensure that all people can achieve their full potential in an environment of harmony, safety, equality, and justice. Our mission is to to provide a means for diverse individuals and organizations to share information, collaborate on issues and mobilize for change in the pursuit of social justice, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. We pursue this mission through targeted civic engagement programs and strategic coalitions that focus on specific issues and policy reforms. 

About American Friends Service Committee
American Friends Service Committee San Diego supports the growth and development of immigrant-led organizations, through the development of a network of "human rights committees," with the goal of bringing the voices and concerns of immigrant communities into policy debates at the local, state, and national level.