Black Leaders Bring Dred Scott Sanctuary City Resolution To St. Louis

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The following statement was released by the Hands Off Uhuru! Hands Off Africa coalition.On Wednesday, January 25 at 10am, the following resolution will be presented to a special hearing of the St. Louis Board of Alderman Public Safety Committee for review prior to presentation to the full Board. Community leaders and members will present their case in support of the resolution.The “Dred Scott City of Refuge” resolution is modeled on successful Sanctuary City resolutions adopted by municipalities across the U.S. that pledge non-cooperation by local governments with federal immigration raids. The “Dred Scott” resolution calls on St. Louis to pledge non-cooperation with the FBI or other federal agency targeting “Black community organizers and members for charges stemming from work for the betterment and upliftment of their community.”The resolution reads:The Dred Scott City of Refuge Resolution for the City of St. Louis, MOWhereas, Dred and Harriet Scott sought and were denied refuge from enslavement in the City of St. Louis in 1846 and were told they had no rights any white man had to respect;Whereas, the City of St. Louis and its police department worked together with the FBI to conduct unjust, violent, military-style raids on homes and offices of the...