NTD Board Statement

The horrific murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks at the hands of police have highlighted the tragic toll that systemic racism and police brutality have taken on the Black community and American society.

Recent racist incidents in Naperville remind us that we still have much more work to do.  We can and must do better. Enough is enough.

We support the many peaceful protests that have been staged locally and are continuing to be organized. We denounce the violence and looting and are against the use of tear gas and rubber bullets on those who assemble lawfully and are peaceful.

We call on all levels of government: city, county, and state, to demilitarize and reform the police system and the criminal justice system.  We recommend the adoption of the 8 Can’t Wait program that restricts Use-of-Force policies to reduce police killings.  https://www.vox.com/2020/6/5/21280402/8-cant-wait-explained-policing-reforms

We applaud the Naperville City Council for their revised diversity policy and we want to affirm our support for tolerance and diversity in our community.  Hate has no home here.  Aurora’s Mayor has presented the City Council with his proposed New Reform Initiative for improving police and community relations and police accountability.  https://www.aurora-il.org/2175/CHANGE-Reform-Initiative

The Naperville Township Democrats call on our members to proclaim that Black Lives Matter by joining and supporting social justice organizations such as the NAACP, ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and Unity Partnership.

We are committed to recruiting and electing diverse Democratic candidates for local positions.

We call upon the people of Aurora, Naperville, and Warrenville to support your neighbors through this time of change. Listen to diverse voices throughout your communities.  Channel your passion and vote for Democratic candidates who support multicultural and anti-racist perspectives throughout the township.  Vote for those who will unite us to make our community a better place. “Remember in November!”