Seeking Racial Equality
A Perspective Driven by SAPC Values: Safety, Prosperity and Quality of Life -- July 13, 2020
Over the past several months, we have watched our city and our nation rise to the call for justice and equality for every human life. The SAPC along with untold numbers of organizations and institutions have had their moral fiber tested by the deaths of so many black citizens, at the hands of racist police. We stand here today to acknowledge the good and fair officers of our police department; those who serve our communities with integrity, dignity and valor. We acknowledge their service but we also find ourselves challenging those officers to stand with us against prejudices wherever they exists, even within and among their rank and file. Serving our community is the oath you took and committed yourselves to. Those words and that commitment have no caveats, for gender, color, race, nationality, or for co-workers. Honor is not silent and knows no shame.
The topic of Police reform, while important and certainly a step towards the dream of “ justice for all” seems to have become the focus of too many cities and jurisdictions as a means of addressing racial injustice. Surely, it is a single step, but let us not lose sight of the real issues we all must address. The urgent issue at hand is systemic racism across all of our policies and practices.
There are those who will say, “Take one issue at a time” or “How do you eat an elephant?” “One bite at a time”. We say, we have claimed to have been eating that “elephant” for at least the past 200 years. The time is now to address injustice with the sense of urgency it demands.
We have looked at the five committees the Mayor has put in place to address police reform. We trust the team members were selected because:
- How do we find and vet the right kinds of people?
- How do we screen the current police force?
- How do we develop a police department that is racially representative of the community?
- How do we ensure loyalty to the people they serve and not to some misguided brotherhood of officers?
- If a “bad apple” gets in, how do we remove that liability as quickly as is humanly possible?
- How do we ensure those “bad apples” aren’t allowed to police elsewhere?
- How do we ensure police behavior is properly monitored, that the public is aware of any infractions and that corrective actions are
immediate and when appropriate, absolute?
We’re sure there are a multitude of other criteria that went into selecting the right team members. We’ll leave this topic where it is, for now.
Of equal and arguably even greater importance, we want to hold our elected officials accountable for working with us to address and establish solutions for systemic issues like:
This article only scratches the surface of what true reform means. If we are serious about change, let’s create a culture in City Government that demands a complete and unbiased review of “business as usual” and let’s ensure we engage both the community and impartial third party resources.
SAPC Juneteenth Statement - June 19, 2021
Salem Avenue Peace Corridor, LLC, honors this-year's celebration of Juneteenth, for the first time celebrated as a national holiday. We honor this milestone in freedom, and mark our continued commitment to achieve racial and social justice.
We decry systemic inequities and injustice as barriers that disproportionately hurt people of color, and we call on everyone to join us to conduct the hard work, step by step:
We will continue to work for the following outcomes, focusing our efforts first in the Peace Corridor area:
We also support peaceful work to achieve justice – for people of color in particular – and to push for lasting, systemic changes that will end hurtful systems and practices.
The mission of Salem Avenue Peace Corridor, LLC, is to establish Salem Avenue and adjacent neighborhoods as a Community of Peace – with Safety, Prosperity, and Quality of Life – based upon a recognition of our Shared Destiny.
Contacts for Services in Dayton Communities
1. Dayton Police – 937-333-COPS 12. Vicious Dog, dog bites, excessive barking – 937-225-4357
2. Miami Valley Crime Stoppers – 937-222-STOP 13. Dead Animal on Public Property – 937- 333-4800
3. Housing Inspection – 937-333-3977, including inoperative or 14. Building Permit Information – 937-333-3883
junked vehicles on private property, structure or yard 15. Commercial Zoning Issues – 937-333-3887
maintenance, and residential zoning 16. Rodent Problems – 937-333-3977
4. Vacant Structure Problems – 937-333-3977, including overgrown 17. Unlicensed / Expired Plates –- 937-225-4357
weeds or trash, and buildings open to vandalism 18. Inoperative / Junked Vehicles – 937-333-1058
5. Vacant Lots – 937-333-4800, including weeds or trash 19. Recycling – 937-333-7678
6. Illegal Dumping – 937-333-3977 20. Tire Disposal – 937-225-4860
7. Trash Removal and Bulk Waste Pick-up – 937-333-4800 21. Neighborhood Conflict – 937-333-2345
8. Abandoned Vehicles – 937-333-2677 22. Tenant/Landlord Conflict – 888-534-1432
9. Vehicle in street/alley/sidewalks – 937-333-1038 23. Landmarks Office – 937-333-4271, including application for
10. Animal Abuse – 937-898-4457 Certificate of Appropriateness (COA), and questions about
11. Animal Control/unlicensed/loose dog – 937-898-4457 exterior work/repairs in Historic Districts
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Read the Nov 26, 2018 article in the Dayton Daily News
Gem City Market Groundbreaking & Block Party on September 18, 2019
300 - 400 Salem Avenue is the future home for the Gem City Market [GCM], Dayton's new full-service co-op grocery. Join us at the corner of Salem and Superior Avenues for the Groundbreaking ceremony September 18th at 4 pm, community potluck dinner and Block Party lasting until 8 pm, including live performances.
Salem Avenue Peace Corridor, LLC, is pleased to have sold the land at less than half the market value, to bring this grocery to Salem Avenue. Read the latest at GemCityMarket.com, and the Market's Facebook page.
Kaitlin Schroeder recognized as Ohio's Best Business Writer
The Ohio Associated Press Media Editors [APME] announced the award to Kaitlin Schroeder as best business writer in the state on March 25th.
-- This is amazing peer recognition for Kaitlin, honoring her world-class reporting for the Dayton Daily News!
-- We couldn't be prouder of Kaitlin's work -- including her leadership to create our SAPC monthly newsletter!
July 2021 update on the property that formerly held Colonel White High School
-- SAPC pursues new life for the site
Monthly update to Mount Vernon Neighbors regarding the Colonel White Property:
The Salem Avenue Peace Corridor LLC. (SAPC), in conjunction with your neighborhood association, is providing this July, monthly update on the status of the Colonel White property.
There is not much new news to report, this month. As reported last month, the SAPC has entered into a Sales Contract with Northpoint Asset Management to list the property and solicit a development plan that best meets the requirements of the SAPC and the neighborhood. Watch for realtor signs and the marketing in the near future!
An update on the Colonel White, Class of 1991, who asked if we would entertain the possibility of them holding one of their 30th Reunion events on the Colonel White site, in early August. We welcomed that opportunity but they have decided that they did not want to pay the expense or put in the time to coordinate the essentials like port-a-potties, tables/chairs, set-up and clean-up so they have made arrangements to hold their event at a local park, where those facilities are already in place. Wherever they celebrate, we wish them the best and much continued success!
The Preschool at the old Dayton View Library continues to move forward and Mr. Washington anticipates an opening in the September timeframe. If I recall correctly, the architect indicated all plans are complete and they are in the review process by the City of Dayton so that permitting can occur.
I (Fred Holley) will continue to be available to meet with the Mount Vernon sub-committee, established by your President (Sarni Bensman) to address any questions/concerns that may arise.
Always remember our objectives. Our intent is to:
- Be sensitive to the immediate community you have invested in and made your own.
- Create real value for all of us that everyone can proudly embrace.
- Focus on “Market Rate” development.
If you have a specific question or concerns that cannot wait until the next monthly update, please email us at: email@example.com or contact a member of the MVNA Board.
Former Longfellow School purchased for redevelopment
Read about this exciting step toward the redevelopment of the Longfellow School. Congratulations to G.F. Bailey -- our community wishes you all the best as your team assembles financing for the mixed-use redevelopment of this grand landmark!
View Presentation or Video from the SAPC June 2018 Town Hall / Vision Session
Held at Grandview Medical Center, Dayton, OH
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