November 30, 5 p.m.–Community Conversations on Race


Please join us for the 11th St. Michaels Community Conversation, hosted by Bay Hundred Clergy and Chief Anthony Smith of the St. Michaels Police Department via ZOOM.) This series of conversations, dedicated to hope, peace, and unity, brings us together as a community to try to find common ground on ways to address race-based systemic inequities and injustices that are evident in many institutions throughout our nation and in our region.

Partnering with the American Association of University Women Easton Branch (AAUW), St. Michaels Community Conversations will host a compelling discussion about THE TRAUMA OF RACISM on November 30th at 5:00 pm via ZOOM. Although racism also affects physical health, recent research suggests that racism is twice as likely to affect a person’s mental health than their physical health. Racial trauma, or race-based traumatic stress (RBTS), refers to the mental and emotional injury caused by encounters with racial bias and ethnic discrimination, racism, and hate crimes. We are living in a racism pandemic, which is taking a heavy psychological toll on all of us, but especially People of Color.
Please join this important conversation to gain a better understanding of the impact of racism on us all.
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RECORDINGS OF PREVIOUS CONVERSATIONS
July 1 Topic: So You Want To Be An Ally? Click here to watch on FACEBOOK.
July 8 Topic: Police and Crisis Response Panel Discussion Click here to watch on ZOOM.
July 15 Topic: Health and Healthcare Disparities Click here to watch a VIDEO.
July 22 Topic: Education Disparities Click here to watch a VIDEO.
July 29 Topic: The Intersection of Race, Policing, Health and Education. Where do we go from here? Click here to watch a VIDEO.
August 5 Topic: Let’s Talk About Race. We Are Game! Are You? No Video for this session.
September 16 Topic: Vote! Vote! Vote! Click here to watch a VIDEO.
November 4 Topic: The Media and Racism Click here to watch a VIDEO.
By Authority of Chief Smith of the St. Michaels Police Department

The Commissioners of St. Michaels issue the following statement regarding the death of George Floyd

The Commissioners of St. Michaels unanimously condemn the actions of the Minneapolis Police that caused the death of one of their citizens, George Floyd. We call on police departments and public safety organizations across the country to adopt policies of inclusion, engagement and most importantly respect for its citizens.

We believe that if police departments across the country adopted the approach to public safety that has been implemented in St. Michaels, MD, this terrible result and others like it could be avoided. Our town’s public safety is led by our Chief Anthony Smith. He has spent his entire adult life in law enforcement, 25 years with the Maryland State police and 14 years with St. Michaels. He believes in and strictly enforces the concept of community policing and he is always vigilant and will not tolerate any form of racism within our police department. He and all of his officers know our residents personally. They work with our youth on a daily basis and as a result have developed a trust within the community. They run programs, such as SMYLE that is funded by the town and its residents, that engage our young people with the police. Arrest or detention is always the last resort. As a result, St. Michaels has one of the lowest records of arrest of many towns in Maryland.

We believe that all police should interact with citizens and visitors at a personal level and that treating everyone with dignity can co-exist with law enforcement.

By Authority of Commissioners of St. Michaels