A call for policing and gun reform

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a 102-year-old service organization with a long history of social advocacy and political awareness and involvement, has expressed its intention to staunchly support the Department of Justice in its review of inequitable policing and gun reform policies. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch gave remarks late last month during a White House Community Policing Forum regarding the DOJ’s action plan to resolve “long-simmering tensions” that have gravely affected the nation. 

“Our Civil Rights Division is working with police departments around the country to ensure constitutional policing – in part by combating discrimination, ending excessive use of force and promoting accountability systems – in order to help rebuild community trust where it has eroded,” said AG Lynch during the forum. “And last September, we launched the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, which is investing in training; advancing evidence-based strategies; spurring policy development; and supporting research that promotes credibility, enhances procedural justice, reduces implicit bias and drives racial reconciliation.”  

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is deeply saddened by the numerous known and unknown deaths of African-American men, women and children at the hands of gun violence and excessive force across the nation. 

“As mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, community leaders and social activists, it will take our collective strength to push for a movement that will create such a massive positive effect and save our communities and the lives of citizens in those communities,” said Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President and CEO of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. “We, as an organization, will always be in support of any governing body that recognizes a problem within law enforcement and makes such a declaration to resolve any and all civil rights and justice issues brought before them.” 

It is the Sorority’s purpose to join other organizations and communities while standing with the DOJ as it thoroughly reviews all racial and equality issues while seeking reforms that will eliminate excessive behavior by law enforcement and other racial issues permeating the country. As the single largest African-American women’s organization in the country, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will continue to work vigorously to evoke change and contribute to strategy development that will bring forth greater social justice for all citizens.  

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1913 on the campus of Howard University to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the underserved; to educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in communities. Today, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has more than 250,000 initiated members and over 1,000 chapters worldwide. The Sorority uses its Five-Point Programmatic Thrust of economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement to create its national programs.