More info about Quillie Coath:
Quillie Coath, Jr. was born in Kansas, the fourth of four boys to a Military Father. He grew up and got his education in South Carolina before attending college at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC. While there, he received a BS in Criminal Justice in 1991, and was a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He started working in the field while at St. Augustine with the Partners Mentor Program in Raleigh as a volunteer mentor. After graduation, he was employed at Haven House Inc. He also worked at Wrenn House (a runaway crisis shelter for youth) as a counselor. While at Wrenn House he was trained in Reality Therapy by Mrs. E. Perry Goode and Dr. William Glasser. During his professional career Quillie has worked for Family Services of Raleigh as a Domestic Violence Counselor and court screener, The Durham Service Corp, a work-education program for young people 18-21 as an Intake Counselor, and ReEntry Juvenile Restitutions program as the Life Skills Coordinator. In January 1996, he returned to Durham to help start The Durham PROUD Program where he is currently The ED to this very day.
More info about Martina “Coach D” Dunford:
Coach D grew up in Virginia Beach, before moving to Durham in 1991 to attend college at Norfolk State University, where she received a degree in Health and Physical Education. Although she intended to return to Virginia Beach after graduation, she stuck around Durham and has been here for 24 years. Coach D holds two Masters from North Carolina Central University - in Family and Childhood Development, and in Adaptive Physical Education for Children with Mental and Physical Disabilities. In 1996, she created New Horizons Character and Leadership Academy, serving long term and 365 day suspended students who were not allowed on any of Durham Public Schools property. She served the gang affiliated students, suspended students, court involved students, and more in a one room building called the REC in Few Gardens Housing Development. From the time the doors opened until it's recent closure for lack of support, the number of young people assigned and/or requested to enroll increased 100% every year. In addition to creating New Horizons, some of Coach D’s accolades include Spectacular Woman of the Year, Women Leading from the Heart, Campaign for Change Lifetime Mentor Award, Faith Assembly Christian Church Woman of the Year, and the Ebonette Club, Inc. Making a Difference Award. For 24 years, she has served some of Durham’s most disenfranchised youth and families. She has been able to move many from a life of despair to a life of hope, and opportunity, with the philosophy "We can't fix the outer; until we fix the broken inner".
We are excited to welcome three guests to the show today – Jesse Burwell, Terrence Sembly, and Winslow Forbes, all retired executives from the Durham Police Department. After meeting each guest and learning their backgrounds, our hosts work with them to discuss what defunding the police would look like at a local level, by looking at the 2020-2021 approved budget for the Durham Police Department. Jesse takes time to break down the budget to explain what each section means and what can or can’t be cut if you had to reduce the budget by ten percent. Terrence, Winslow and BJ then discuss what they would consider cutting from the budget if they were still executives in the police department. They explain how defunding a police department would actually cut the programs and services that communities ask for and need to improve policing. Instead of defunding the police, we suggest increasing funding for other programs that address social issues like homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse.
More info about defunding the police & the Durham Police Department:
More info about Jesse Burwell:
Jesse Burwell, originally from Morrisville, NC, has lived in Durham for the past 47 years. He graduated from N.C. Central University in 1975 before joining the American Tobacco Company as an accountant and internal auditor. Burwell also worked for the City of Durham’s City/County Planning Department as an accountant in charge of general fund and grants, before joining the Durham Police Department as Accountant III in 1990. He spent 27 years with the DPD before retiring in 2017 as a Non-Sworn Assistant Chief. While with Durham PD, Burwell was responsible for overseeing budget development and budget administration, as well as overseeing the Community Services Division, Training, recruiting, Personnel Services, Planning & Research, Technology, Crime Analysis, Police Records Division, and the Supply Room.
More info about Terrence Sembly:
Terrence Sembly was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of the Durham Police Department on January 14 and was assigned to the Investigative Services Bureau. Deputy Chief Sembly, who joined the Police Department in 1997 after working for the Duke University and Carrboro police departments, was serving as the Assistant Chief of Patrol Services when he was promoted. Deputy Chief Sembly has served as commander of the Organized Crime Division and District 4. He also served in the Patrol Bureau, GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training) Unit, the Recruiting Unit and the Professional Standards Division. Deputy Chief Sembly earned his B.A degree from N.C. Central University and earned a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Change from Pfeiffer University. Deputy Chief Sembly is a graduate of Session 66 of the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston and the Administrative Officers Management Program from North Carolina State University.
More info about Winslow Forbes:
Minister Winslow Forbes resides in Durham NC, with his wife and family. He is a man that stands strong in his faith and truly loves God. Winslow is a 1987 graduate of N. C. Central University, with a BA Degree in Public Administration. He graduated from PERF (Police Executive Research Forum), an Executive Management Leadership Course, in 2010. He retired in 2016 from the Durham Police Department, as an Assistant Chief of Police with thirty years of service. Winslow received his Bachelor of Ministry and Master of Divinity from International Bible College; and is currently attending International Bible College to receive his Doctorate of Ministry. He currently serves as the Director of Youth & Young Adults of New Home & Durham Missionary Baptist Association.
Winslow founded the D.L. Forbes Youth Foundation in 2002 and currently serves as the Chairman. D.L. Forbes Youth Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on mentoring youth in leadership skills and academic enrichment. Winslow has a passion for helping young people and is a positive advocate for young people who face economic and academic challenges. He continues to speak throughout the communities teaching youth how to be productive citizens. Winslow firmly believes we (the community) can turn youth crime around by working together.
We are excited to have two guests on the show today from Durham Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods (locally known as Durham CAN). Tinu Diver and Reverend Tim Conder join our hosts to discuss the work they do with CAN to help our local community with housing, criminal justice, and broad-based organizing. They talk about the importance of relational meetings to build connections, trust and relational power; as well as ideas for how to best get our communities to organize around getting the policing culture they want in their community.
Durham CAN’s website: www.durhamcan.org
We also added an extra section to the end of this episode so our hosts BJ and Drew can share their thoughts on the Breonna Taylor verdict that was announced last week. They discuss their hopes for police reform and accountability that will hopefully come as a way to honor Breonna’s life.
Article from The Marshall Project about the legal reasoning behind the Breonna Taylor Verdict: www.themarshallproject.org/2020/08/08/why-it-s-not-so-simple-to-arrest-the-cops-who-shot-breonna-taylor
More info about Atinuke "Tinu" Akintola Diver:
Grounded in the spirit of Charles Hamilton Houston’s adage that a lawyer is either a social engineer or a social parasite, Atinuke “Tinu” Akintola Diver grounds her creative, legal, and community practices in ways that seek to build and regenerate, rather than to purely extract and exploit. A first-generation American and the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Tinu was born in Boston, Massachusetts, raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland and currently resides with her family in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earned her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law, a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of North Carolina School of Social Work, and a Certificate in Documentary Arts from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Tinu serves as Lead Organizer and Executive Director of Durham CAN and a documentarian working on a number of film and audio projects.
More info about Tim Conder:
Tim Conder is the founding pastor of Emmaus Way, an activist and progressive faith community in Durham, NC. He has been organizing with Durham CAN for over 15 years and currently serves as the co-Chair of the Strategy Team. Tim has a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of North Carolina. His research includes an ethnography of the Moral Movement in NC and he writes on the key differences between social movement/protest based organizing and the broad based organizing, social justice pedagogies, and critical whiteness. Tim was a co-founder of EmergentVillage and is currently a co-founder of the Black Mountain School Theology & Community. He is the author of three trade books including Organizing Church and the co-editor/author of an academic book, Mentoring Students of Color: Naming the Politics of Race, Social Class, Gender, and Power.
We are excited to have a mental health clinician as our guest on the show today - Brionna Harpe. She works with underinsured and uninsured populations in Greensboro, NC, with a focus on those dealing with substance abuse. Our hosts talk with her about mental health and addressing trauma in the Black community during this time. Bri promotes mindfulness and reducing the stigma around seeking help for mental health. She explains how normalizing the conversation about trauma can help people, especially in the Black community, seek counseling more often.
Brionna Harpe is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate who works at a community mental health agency providing individual and group therapy. Brionna graduated with her Master of Social Work Degree from the Joint Master of Social Work Program (JMSW) in May of 2019 and currently resides in Greensboro, NC.
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In this episode, our hosts return to the discussion from episode 6 about How Do WE “Wear the Mask” and how it relates to law enforcement, based on Maya Angelou’s poem “We Wear the Mask”. They take time to discuss their personal experiences with law enforcement, including BJ’s experience with non-compliance from civilians as a police officer. They also talk about a recent video released of an incident with a Virginia State Trooper from 2019, and the two sides of that situation. Toward the end, our hosts again discuss mental health and the importance of seeking help when needed, especially during these unprecedented times, and we’ve included those links again below.
Listen to Maya Angelou’s poem “We Wear the Mask”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HLol9InMlc
Below are links to the Mental Health resources we included in Episode 4 and mentioned again here:
- Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr. Joy Degruy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rorgjdvphek
- Suicide Helpline: 1-800-273-8255
- Open Path: reduced cost therapy for uninsured/underinsured people - https://www.openpath.com/
- Harmony’s blog - www.followingharmony.com
VA State Trooper stops Black driver: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/virginia-troopers-conduct-in-stop-of-black-driver-on-beltway-is-under-investigation/2362938/
More info on VA State Trooper Incident: https://dailycaller.com/2020/07/17/officials-investigating-video-altercation-between-virginia-state-trooper-black-motorist-charles-hewitt/