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Freddie Gray protests are fine, but policy is where change needs to happen
Freddie Gray protests are fine, but policy is where change needs to happen

On the Thursday before Baltimore burned, Mr. Lee went to Washington. He didn't have far to go. Rev. Tony Lee is the 46-year-old pastor of Community of Hope, an AME church housed in a shopping mall in Hillcrest Heights, Maryland, just minutes from the D.C. line. Under the auspices of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, a Washington-based advocacy group, he led a delegation of 200 African-American men to Capitol Hill. They went to their capital to talk to their legislators about issues that impact their lives: racially stratified policing, education reform, voting rights and more. It was not about protest. It was about policy. "Protests," Mr. Lee told me...

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