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Racial Justice Group in Macomb Charting Its Course

Apr 15, 2021

One Human Family Macomb is asking people to participate in a survey as the group decides on a direction for the next year.

“I feel like Macomb is a community that is just the right size that it can do some really cool things. It can address and decide and influence what it wants its community to be like,” said President Sarah Schoper Salazar.

“I see it as a need to ask people what their experiences are so that we can make decisions about how we spend our resources and our time.”

The survey remains open through April 25 and can be found here

She said a graduate student at Western Illinois University is helping with the survey and will synthesize the data in a report.

Schoper Salazar said One Human Family Macomb held its first meeting in January, 2020. “We had a packed room. There were over 100 people in the basement of First Presbyterian Church.” 

Schoper Salazar said the group has held a couple events online recently, including one focused on racial equity. 

Schoper Salazar also helped lead the Because We Care fundraising campaign to buy body worn cameras for the Macomb Police Department. It took less than two months to collect $33,000, which covered half the cost of the purchase. 

The city picked up the rest of the cost.

Schoper Salazar said the Because We Care campaign led to the formation of One Human Family Macomb.

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