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January 16, 2018

Crackdown on Protestors: Police Adopt New Plan

For weeks, protestors have declared the streets of Fresno theirs, carrying signs denouncing police brutality while joining their voices with protestors across the country following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

But the most recent protest, on Saturday, caused the biggest disruption to date.

Protestors blocked Blackstone Avenue, near the River Park Shopping Center, chanting, “Killer cops, off our streets!”

“Our officers have been extremely patient with these individuals,” says Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

“A protestor will get in the face of the officer, a captain, telling him they hate him all while on video, and our officers are expected to take that.”

Dyer says he supports freedom of speech and the right to protest, but the most recent protest is an example of people breaking the law.

His patience, and the patience of many, is now wearing thin.

“When that spills over into the public right of way, a street or a sidewalk that is blocked, then it requires our enforcement efforts,” he says.

“Citizens have an expectation of us to enforce the laws, equally. And we’re going to do that.”

This week, Chief Dyer and the City Attorney’s Office created a plan of action that, they hope, will keep future protests peaceful — and limit disruptions to the general public.

It starts with reviewing social media posts and police video of previous protests, to identify the organizers.

They will receive warning letters from the City of Fresno.

“What has happened has happened. I’m not going to pursue criminal charges for the past, but in the future, we will,” he says.

“We will be seeking out a warrant for those individuals that are in violation of a misdemeanor obstructing a roadway.”

Those arrested, wouldn’t experience a revolving door at the Fresno County Jail either.

Bench warrants would be signed by a judge, meaning those arrested would be kept in custody.

The police department will also seek restitution for money spent to send officers to control traffic.

In Saturday’s incident, the city spent around $6,000.

“The citizens of Fresno should not have to pay for police officers to be present to block off those roadways and take those police officers away from their neighborhoods,” Dyer says.

He adds that if people really want to protests in the streets, they can go about it the legal way: obtain a parade permit.

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NeighborWorks America Recognizes Third Round of Green Organization Designees

WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – Oct 20, 2014) – Nineteen nonprofit community development organizations were recognized today for their excellence in sustainable business and housing practices by NeighborWorks America. To date, 61 network members have earned the NeighborWorks Green Organization designation.

This is the third annual round of designations for the NeighborWorks Green Organization program, which celebrates community development nonprofits that demonstrate a comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations — both the lines of business they conduct and the corporate operations that they run. Together, these green organizations demonstrate that when sustainable practices are comprehensively applied, people are healthier, homes are more affordable, employees have a better work environment, communities thrive and organizations are more prepared for the future.

“Everyone benefits from green, sustainable living — families, businesses and communities,” said Chuck Wehrwein, acting chief executive officer of NeighborWorks America. “The organizations that receive this designation from NeighborWorks America show that green business practices improve people’s health and well-being.”

NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities, supports a network of more than 240 nonprofits, located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The new members that are receiving the NeighborWorks Green Organization designation are:

  • Affordable Homes of South Texas (McAllen, TX)
  • AHC (Arlington, VA)
  • Cabrillo Economic Development Corp. (Ventura, CA)
  • Champlain Housing Trust (Burlington, VT)
  • Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. (Dorchester, MA)
  • Community Concepts (Lewiston, ME)
  • Community Housing Initiatives (Spencer, IA)
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland (Cleveland, OH)
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven (New Haven, CT)
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Southwest Wisconsin (Richland Center, WI)
  • NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley (Woodsocket, RI)
  • NeighborWorks Great Falls (Great Falls, MT)
  • NeighborWorks Orange County (Orange, CA)
  • New Directions Housing Corp. (Louisville, KY)
  • Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (Traverse City, MI)
  • Self-Help Enterprises (Visalia, CA)
  • St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society (Camden, NJ)
  • Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. (San Francisco, CA)
  • The Neighborhood Developers (Chelsea, MA)

The 61 NeighborWorks Green Organizations together own more than 50,000 affordable apartments and have built or rehabilitated more than 7,100 green rental and for-sale homes in the past two years. Through the organizations’ participation in this program, 4,200 employees are experiencing a healthier, greener working environment. Last year, they educated more than 9,500 households seeking to purchase or owning a home on the core elements of healthy and sustainable homes.

For more information about the green designation, visit NeighborWorks.org/Green.
For more information about NeighborWorks America, visit neighborworks.org.

About NeighborWorks America
For 35 years, NeighborWorks America has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $19.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

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