Last week, Kerwin Pittman and Dedan Waciuri traveled to Elizabeth City, North Carolina to attend a nonpartisan NAACP candidate forum for municipal elections. The live stream is located here.

Since sheriff’s deputies murdered Andrew Brown one year ago, the community in Elizabeth City has mobilized to transform his memory into inspiration for transformative change. Emancipate NC has supported that vision at every step. 

At the forum, Dedan asked the candidates:

“Around the country we say that a lot of research is being done to show that criminality is not because of people living in a community, it is because of a lack of [beneficial] economic conditions. My question is about the reallocation of resources. You’re talking about more policing, what about re-funding institutions or communities that need things, rather than putting more officers on ground to criminalize communities?”

A few days later, Kerwin and Dedan returned to Elizabeth City on April 30 for an event at Elizabeth City State University for the Say His Name & Vote rally in honor of Andrew Brown’s memory, joining with Forward Justice, the NAACPBlack Voters Matter, and Advance Carolina.