MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, has written a letter to the commissioners of Johnston County calling on them to demand Sheriff Steve Bizzell's resignation. The groups says that Bizzell's racist statements to the News & Observer were violative of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Law enforcement Code of Ethics — a code that is central to the ethics training given to North Carolina sheriffs and police officers.
Meanwhile, in the department of "Saintly behavior in response to intolerance," advocates at El Pueblo are helping to organize a "prayer vigil for healing and reconciliation" in Johnston County. The event will take place outside the courthouse in Smithfield (on the Market Street side) this Sunday the 28th at 3:00 p.m. The flyer for the event puts it this way:
Join us as we pray for healing and reconciliation in Johnston County and as we call on local community members to challenge intolerance that threatens to divide our State."
Talk about taking the high road. Any group steeped in this much class and decency deserves all of our support. For more information contact: Irene Godínez Irene@elpueblo.org.