Dallas Councilmen Run "Listening Session" to Talk about George Floyd's Death

Alan Scaia
June 04, 2020 - 6:32 am

Three Dallas city councilmen issued an open invitation for a "listening session" Wednesday evening at the Martin Luther King Community Center in South Dallas.

About 300 people attended to talk about potential long-term changes they hope will result from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

"What a lot of this is all about is actually hearing what the issues are," says Councilman Adam McGough. "It's a very wide variety of issues, but we can focus on the same general idea of moving things forward for our city and our community."

McGough worked with Councilmen Adam Bazaldua and Omar Narvaez to set up the meeting.

"It's focusing on getting heard, and what better way than to come together and speak, some independently and some as a group, to a lot of us who can listen and hear," McGough says. "That's what a lot of this is all about is actually hearing what the issues are."

"Bringing it to a community that needs it and has valuable voices was the right move," says Angelica Portillo. "I'm ready to see what happens next."

Portillo attended the meeting with a friend. They both work for a non-profit that works with children. She says she hopes Floyd's death can lead to lasting change.

Others at the meeting say they hope for change, but they hoped for the same thing after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 and the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore police custody in 2015.

"We're hurting," said Portillo's friend, Candace Harrell. "I just feel like we need to channel that emotion into a positive way and be able to move it in the direction of what's broken and what we can change."