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Fresno Police Reform Commission Forms Subcommittees To Tackle Multiple Issues

The CNC Education Fund hosts conversation with Deep Singh from Jakara Movement and Ashley Rojas from Barrios Unidos on policing in Fresno nieghborhoods.

Fresno’s new Police Reform Commission is 30 days into its 90 day timeline to produce a list of recommendations on police reform to the city. On Wednesday, some of its members provided an update to the Communities for a New California Education Fund.  

 Ashley Rojas is the executive director of Barrios Unidos, a youth organization in Fresno. She told about 55 audience members on Facebook Live that the commission is a chance for communities of color to redefine the meaning of safety in their neighborhoods.


“I think it’s important to be observant that in wealthy, affluent communities it is the absence of police that communicates safety,” Rojas said. “Whereas we have been conditioned to believe in our community, safety means policing, because we have an absence of safe housing and safe recreational spaces.”  


Rojas said the commission has created four subcommittees: community development, community input, police budget and police tactics. She’s on the community development committee.


“We are tasked with developing community owned alternatives to police to cultivate safety. And so this looks like early prevention, intervention, redirection, reducing recidivism. All of the programs that we know cultivate safety in our community,” Rojas said.   

The Fresno Police Reform Commission will meet again on July 27 to discuss funding for these new initiatives, Rojas says. For more information visit the city ofFresno’s YouTube channel.

Madi Bolanos covered immigration and underserved communities for KVPR from 2020-2022. Before joining the station, she interned for POLITCO in Washington D.C. where she reported on US trade and agriculture as well as indigenous women’s issues during the Canadian election. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in anthropology from San Francisco State University. Madi spent a semester studying at the Danish Media and Journalism School where she covered EU policies in Brussels and alleged police brutality at the Croatian-Serbian border.
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