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The Suffolk Times

11/27/14 10:00am

As we approach the holiday season, we begin to reflect on the year that was — and in the case of 2014, it’s been a year of some pretty bad news on the North Fork.

But in recent weeks — even as our coverage has included reports of gang activity and controversies at town and village hall — we’ve been happy to also report some positive news.

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11/26/14 2:29pm
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorofChange.org, speaks at Monday's Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast.

RACHEL YOUNG FILE PHOTO | Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorofChange.org, speaks at last year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast.

Riverhead native Rashad Robinson is becoming one of the leading voices for civil rights in the United States as the executive director of ColorofChange.org, an online organization that advocates on behalf of African-Americans.

He offered this statement in response to Monday’s decision:

The ColorOfChange community sends our deepest condolences to Mike Brown’s parents and loved ones. Our hearts and minds are with them as they move through this unimaginably difficult time, and their courage and perseverance remain a driving force for millions across the country who move forward with them on their journey to secure justice for their son and an end to systemic, discriminatory police violence targeting Black youth and adults nationwide.

Their courage has inspired a powerful movement for racial justice and police accountability that remains strong despite today’s no indictment.

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11/26/14 12:25pm
Southold shooting suspects (from left) Walter Vasquez, 17, of Greenport;  Pedro Emilio Santamaria, 31, of Greenport; and Jeremias Nathaniel Recinos Torres, 19, of Aquebogue are escorted by corrections officers into Southold Town Court Friday morning. The three were arraigned in Suffolk County court Wednesday. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Southold shooting suspects (from left) Walter Vasquez, 17, of Greenport; Pedro Emilio Santamaria, 31, of Greenport; and Jeremias Nathaniel Recinos Torres, 19, of Aquebogue were escorted by corrections officers into Southold Town Court last month. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

A planned community forum in December to discuss gang issues in Southold Town has been pushed back one week, Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley said Thursday.  (more…)