The streets are for Black people too/ Transportation Equity for Ville Platte Pedestrians

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VELOmynameis and the Blk Grrrl Anti-Racist Book Fair is working with  Ville Platte Civil Rights Activist Arthur James Sampson Jr. for Justice for Ville Platte Pedestrians.

Pedestrians Deonte Williams, Cody Mayes, and Kevin Wilson were charged with the crime of WALKING WHILE BLACK. 

“A Ville Platte man and two teenagers are recovering after all three were hit by a truck. However, they are facing charges, and the driver isn’t. Police have fined the three for not wearing reflective clothing at night and charged them with obstructing a public passage…”  via Kendria LaFleu at KATC an ABC affiliate. 

We want:
1.Charges and fines against Deonte Williams, Cody Mayes, and Kevin Wilson to be dropped.
2. The Law/ordinance of walking without reflective clothing repealed.

We have begun a petition with Color of Change which we need for you to sign and share.

The Black community has historically been and continues to be home to the most hypersegregated communities in the United States. We do not have equity in many areas, including areas of active transportation, such as walking and bicycling.

Regardless of where you’re Black, whether it be in the metropolitan cities of Los Angeles & New York or in rural Ville Platte, Louisiana, you deserve justice. You deserve #TransportationEquity #BicycleEquity.

Give Transportation Equity to Ville Platte. Help the citizens of Ville Platte walk home without fear of being run over by a truck and charged with a crime. Tell Mayor Vidrine to drop the charges against Deonte Williams, Cody Mayes, and Kevin Wilson.

We all deserve the freedom to walk and bike in our communities without fear of being run over and charged with a crime.

Sign the petition share the story.

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