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Participants in a silent vigil dubbed Suits in Solidarity stand on the steps of the U.S. Federal Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
THE MEMBERS OF SUITS IN SOLIDARITY JOIN COUNCILMAN MARK RIDLEY THOMAS IN GETTING THEIR COVID 19 VACCINATION SHOTS
African Americans are hospitalized and dying from Coronavirus in greater numbers than other ethnic groups, so the purpose of the event was to encourage other African Americans, especially African American men to get their Covid-19 vaccinations.
SUITS IN SOLIDARITY
Suits in Solidarity is a volunteer group of African American men formed in 2014 to encourage media to focus on the substance behind natural mass demonstrations caused by an epidemic of police shootings of unarmed African Americans, rather than constantly focusing on demonstrators tactics. More recently, Suits in Solidarity have focused their efforts on criminal justice reform, economic growth of African American local businesses, and African American youth academic achievement.
“Suits in Solidarity was formed in response to the nationwide epidemic of police shootings of unarmed African Americans. We have an obligation to speak out and act against this injustice.”
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Suits in Solidarity in conjunction with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League and LAUSD have recently established debate clubs at Crenshaw, Dorsey and Washington Prep High Schools in South Los Angeles. Suits members provided the early seed money to jump start the debate clubs but critically important additional funding from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, The Los Angeles Rams and the Weingart Foundation helped get the debate clubs up and running. We can’t thank the Los Angeles Rams, the Weingart Foundation and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation enough for their early financial support!