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    Broome urges White to participate in upcoming public forums

    From now until the run-off election on December 10, several organizations are hosting forums and debates between East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President candidates Sharon Weston Broome and Bodi White. Weston Broome and her campaign are concerned with the number of public opportunities White has agreed to attend and participate in.

    “The Broome campaign is pleased to learn that Bodi White has agreed to discuss the issues facing East Baton Rouge parish. Unfortunately, he has only agreed to three public discussions and none will occur before November 21st,” said Michael Beychok, spokesperson for the Weston Broome Campaign. “After agreeing and then backing out of two forums this week, and launching an attack ad from his Super PAC, it is clear that Bodi is not interested in having meaningful and timely discussions about the future of this parish with voters. Rather, and this is no surprise given his leadership style of dividing our parish, Bodi has chosen to use attack ads and limited discussion to speak with voters.

    White has two opportunities to speak publicly with voters this week.

    “Voters deserve to know where Bodi stands so we urge him to accept the Forum 35 invitation tonight and to accept the invitation of the Leaders with Vision invitation later this week so voters can listen to the candidates discuss together how to move Baton Rouge forward,” said Beychok

    The run-off election is Saturday, Dec. 10.

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  • Cultural Diversity Series planned for public dialogue 

    Forum 35 will host a three part cultural diversity series to address community relations, socioeconomics, and charting a path forward in order to promote productive conversation on the issues facing our community.

    All three forums are free and open to the public and will be held at Capitol Park Museum in downtown Baton Rouge from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. They will be formatted as moderated panels followed by breakout discussions, with panelists and moderator to be announced. The three part series will be held on:

    ·         Tuesday, August 23 – Community Relations

    ·         Tuesday, September 13 – Socioeconomic Landscape

    ·         Tuesday, October 11 – Charting a Path Forward

     The road to progress presents many difficult challenges. It is our strong belief that true change requires peaceful action. It requires each of us to show up, to talk to one another, and to listen to one another with empathy. The work of Forum 35—centering around our core pillars of arts & culture, diversity, and leadership—is crucial to creating the community that we all want to live in.

    “Diversity is one of Forum 35’s core pillars. It is the mission of Forum’s Cultural Diversity Committee to create and facilitate dialogue, activities and events that promote diversity, inclusiveness, social awareness and advocacy,” said Terrence Merkerson, cultural diversity chair. “We believe that it is crucially important to host a series of this nature, not only to discuss the recent string of events that have plagued our community, but also to understand the underlying factors responsible for creating the climate in which these kinds of incidents can occur. If we have a better understanding of what created this environment, we will have a much better chance of reconciliation so that together, we can build a better Baton Rouge.”

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