Community forum held in Terre Haute to promote change, solidarity

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Thursday evening, dozens in Terre Haute gathered at Fairbanks Park for an event called a Community Talk Back.

Leaders with The Reform Movement of Terre Haute, organizers of the event, say they hope to bring change to their community.

“It’s about having an open forum for the black community and our supporters to kind of come together and build on the momentum that we’ve had in the recent tragedies around the country. Well, not just recent, but that we’ve had for a long time,” said Dominique Morefield, event organizer.

“A lot of people don’t believe that Terre Haute needs changes and don’t believe that we have issues in our community as well but that’s just not true,” Morefield also said.

Morefield says the forum was partially created to allow those who are pained or outraged over the recent events in the U.S. to share their thoughts with one another.

“We want to hear their personal stories and testimonies, we want to hear the issues that they have experienced in this community,” Morefield said.

Morefield also says there is also another meaning behind Thursday’s forum.

“We want to not just have people hear us, but we want people to experience the change that we can make here in our community,” Morefield said.

Organizers say by creating positive change for Terre Haute’s black community, that it can help lead to positive change for all of those who call the city home.

“It is not just about the black community because every time we help the black community, it affects the entire community,” Morefield said.

Leaders with the Reform Movement of Terre Haute say they would also like to provide the city with leadership, direction, and organization, with some of the movement and events, in the future.

Organizers say they do expect to have more events like the Community Talk Back.

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