St. Louis, Missouri – Black activists and allies spoke before the St. Louis Board of Aldermen’s Public Safety Committee on Wednesday, calling on the city government to stop complying with federal raids on community leaders.
The hearing took place amid discussions about the Dred Scott City of Refuge Resolution, which would make the Missouri metropolis a sanctuary city.
It proposes that St. Louis police and local government refuse to cooperate with federal raids that essentially criminalize the work Black leaders and organizers do to uplift their communities.
The first-of-its-kind measure is named after Dred and Harriet Scott. The couple was denied protection from enslavement in St. Louis in 1846 and later denied US citizenship rights in an infamous 1857 Supreme Court decision
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