July 3, 2020 Dock Russell
People of Talladega County need to come together during this challenging
Dock Russell, July
The Daily Home July 3-5-2020
Dock Russell, Jr., Chairman
Dear Talladega County Residents:
I hope you and your family are safe
and healthy during this unprecedented and difficult time. As we go though, this Covid-19 pandemic situation. Let us remember
that Talladega County has always been a special place. Even from the beginning. It was based on the idea that, "we are
in this together".
It was a place where people going through hard times,
took whatever they had, and put it together to make it work for everyone. This is what it will take in 2020, to make a good
community, County, state or country. But, remember, it all only starts locally.
Over time we have lost that spirit of togetherness. We lost that spirit, because of the difference in our politics, our policy,
our beliefs, our association, our financial conditions, and who we thought, we were, instead of just human beings, trying
to create a life for our family and our communities.
In recent months we have
been hit with condition and circumstances which has caused us to think about our personal position in Talladega County. But
we are bigger than that. Some of these conditions are base on Justice, equality, and how we see each other during these times.
The corona virus and its attendant economic collapse have devastated too many families across this county, and we understand
that money might be tight. Now is the time for all of us to be there for each other, every individual, every family, and every
business is being affected by this pandemic. My prayers are with those families that have lost loved ones while others are
struggling to pay bills, struggling to provide food, and some are in jeopardy losing their businesses and livelihoods. We
are all in this together, and now more than ever we must be there for each other.
This is a dangerous and difficult time. I trust that the governor and mayors all around this state will continue to take the
necessary steps in the days ahead to protect human life and property. But if there is one thing we've learned in the last
weeks, it is that for millions of Americans, George Floyd's murder was a tipping point. That enough is enough. They are demanding
of all of us that the violence against unarmed African Americans must stop.
They are demanding that the inequities of
healthcare and economic justice which this pandemic has sadly highlighted must be corrected.
The "They" who are demanding action has to be all of us. Alabamans of every gender, race, and political
affiliation, who know the difference between right and wrong and are coming together for change. We must come together in
Alabama new South Coalition meet the second Tuesday of every month
at 6:pm at New Hope UMC church, 618 Knox street, Talladega, Al. 551-574-0181
Dock Russell, Jr
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