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SEPT 15, 2021

PRESS RELEASE

Black Lives Matter 5280 fights misinformation in Denver Public Schools’ Tay Anderson case

 

Media contact:

Kelly Davidson

info@kellymavenmedia.com

301.300.4011

September 15, 2021

DENVER - We affirm the Denver Public Schools for taking the sexual assault allegations against board member Tay Anderson seriously by starting an investigation into his reported

harmful behavior.

We understand there is some public confusion about allegations and our involvement. While continuing to protect the women who came to us for support, there are some facts we want to

make clear:

1. Earlier this year we became aware of a Black woman who said she had been assaulted

by Anderson. Through being in contact with her we learned what she needed for her

healing. This resulted in our March statement, at her request, and our desire to protect other women who might come into contact with Anderson.

2. We believe in and work through a restorative justice framework. Part of this framework includes attempting to contact someone and address issues with them privately. However, we are also aware that this step cannot happen when the person who has experienced harm feels unsafe. There have been many cases of restorative justice

where allowing the accused to obtain prior knowledge of the accusations and control of

the narrative result in further harm to the survivor and their community. Our goal was to

avoid that outcome and protect any women impacted at all costs.

3. Anderson’s alleged problematic behavior predates this most recent case. We’ve

attempted to meet with Anderson and as of this date he has not responded.

4. We believe Black women. Full stop. Our involvement and statement aren’t motivated

by anything other than our commitment to believe women who say they have been

harmed and to prevent further harm.

We are not investigating or participating in any litigation, so this will be the last we comment publicly while the truth is sought and appropriate actions are taken. We will continue to be a fierce protector for our community, sexual assault and domestic violence survivors and connect

them with community supports to help them heal and move forward. One of our main purposes since inception has been to support Black community and help pave a path to liberation.

For more information about our mission, members, and work, visit blacklivesmatter5280.com.

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Episode features Amy E. Brown, she is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter 5280 and a community organizer in Denver.

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WESTWORD

Denver's Marade, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., usually attracts thousands of people, who march as one united community from City Park to Civic Center.

But on January 18, the 2016 event was interrupted by demonstrations by local activists, including Black Lives Matter 5280 co-founder Amy E. Brown, who took the podium at Civic Center Park, uninvited, and offered a riled-up crowd pointed criticisms of Mayor Michael Hancock.

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