The Maryland Catholic Conference is convening two virtual town halls to discuss police reform and racial justice in Maryland, in partnership with two members of the Maryland House of Delegates Workgroup to Address Police Reform and Accountability, Delegate Darryl Barnes (D-25, Prince George’s County and chair of the Legislative Black Caucus) and Delegate Samuel “Sandy” Rosenberg (D-41, Baltimore City).
The town halls will be held:
- Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. (our virtual "host" is Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville)
- Monday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. (our virtual "host" is St. Bernardine parish, Baltimore)
Parishioners are invited to submit questions in advance or during the event here (please note which town hall). The town halls will be streamed live on the Maryland Catholic Conference’s Facebook page and can be accessed at mdcatholic.org/townhall.
Panelists for the Oct. 6 town hall are Archbishop of Washington Wilton D. Gregory; Delegate Barnes; William Milam, vice-president of the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police; and Renee Mortel Joy, chief of the Public Integrity Unit of the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office and member of the Prince George’s County Police Reform Work Group.
Panelists for the Oct. 26 town hall are Archbishop of Baltimore William E. Lori, Delegate Rosenberg, State Senator Jill Carter (D-41, City of Baltimore), and Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael S. Harrison.
The House of Delegates’ Police Reform Workgroup is holding hearings, reviewing policies and procedures, identifying best practices for reform and accountability, and making recommendations prior to the January 2021 General Assembly session.
Bishops' Letter on Racial Justice
In June 2020, the Maryland bishops released a statement on racial justice that called for “…healing, harmony and solutions that recognize that every person has been created in the image of God and that every person possesses human dignity. …We pray that God will guide us during these difficult times and give us the courage to act with conviction in our duty to seek racial equality, heal divisions, and build bridges of understanding and hope.”