Showing posts with label Beth Akeson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beth Akeson. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

At-Large Councilwoman claims tweets regarding Black Lives Matter was a "mistake"

UPDATED with video:

It was mentioned on Twitter that Akeson met with "African-American leaders" before her press conference. Who What Where When and Why hasn't that been reported?

Akeson stated that none of her colleagues on the Council have asked her about her tweets, but indicated that they may be discussing it behind her back.


This afternoon, before a packed house, Peoria City Councilwoman Beth Akeson addressed racist tweets aimed towards people who she claimed are "ill equipped" to have children and Black Lives Matter, calling the tweets a mistake:

Photos and tweets from Ryan Piers of  WMBD1470
Although  a reporter from Peoria Journal Star was present at today's press conference, this story has been brewing for more than a week, and the Peoria Journal Star has not yet published a report.  In the meantime, WMBD 1470 and WMBD 31 have done a great job of covering the story, with Shane Gustafson's coverage of the story resulting in his being blocked from Councilwoman Akeson's Twitter page.

Read Shane's play by play from the press conference here. Watch WMBD31 News for the full story.

Photo: Shane Gustafson WMBD31 Twitter

Change Peoria and Illinois State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth...

found tweets of At-Large Peoria City Councilwoman Beth Akeson disturbing and important enough to make a statement against them. However, the local newspaper has yet to run a single article on anything related to the unfortunate tweets that Akeson sent to the City of Peoria via the #Peoria hashtag.

First District Councilwoman Denise Moore, who reportedly thinks Akeson’s tweets reflect poorly on Peoria City Council, is the only member of the Council who has commented. Moore told 1470WMBD:
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion. One would hope that the opinion that someone expresses is based on having all the facts. In this particular case, I don’t believe that was the case. My hope is that she takes the time to become learned about issues prior to making such public statements.
Change Peoria is calling on Akeson to meet with Black Lives Matter Peoria, concerning the controversial tweets, which many view as racist. Members and supporters of BLMPeoria plan to attend tonight's City Council meeting in protest.

Akeson, has since planned a press conference for this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Peoria City Hall. The Open Discussion, which was planned with BLMPeoria and Akeson for Wednesday, August 10, 2016, has been postponed. Akeson will be a guest on WMBD’s Greg and Dan Show at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday. From the BLMPeoria Facebook page:

Click here to go to  BLMPeoria Facebook Page

Friday, August 5, 2016

Call to action for Peoria's Black community to address Beth Akeson Tweets

Click here to review the video...
BLMPeoria's Facebook page is featuring a video from Ms. Chama St. Louis addressing her disappointment at tweets that At-Large Councilwoman Beth Akeson sent to the City of Peoria (#Peoria) and the Black Lives Matter (#BLM) national group. The video is a thoughtful and passionate call to action to Peoria's Black community, who Ms. St. Louis (and others) feel need to step up.

Akeson, first tweeted a derogatory statement on July 11, 2016, and then followed up with a shout out to @BLM and @DonaldTrump on August 16, 2016. 

On July 13, 2016, State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth and Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis attended a vigil in Peoria that was held after the shooting deaths of two black men at the hands of police officers. At that time, the Mayor made the following statement:
Mayor Ardis:  I think that the “black lives matter” is extremely relevant and I don't think it's a racist statement, I think people are getting a little bit hung up. Nobody said black lives matter more than anybody else's. People don't need to be afraid to say, ‘you're right black lives do matter".
Recently At-large Councilwoman Beth Jensen called for a resolution to support Muslim citizens against "Islamophobia." Councilwoman Akeson was the lone no vote (9-1) on the resolution.

Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth:  “We have to remain unified if we want our communities to be strong and have the ability to flourish because communities divided, fall! What they're saying is that black lives matter, too or black lives matter also, or black lives matter as well. [They’re] not saying that black lives are any more important than anyone else’s but I think what they are saying that black lives aren't any less important than anyone else's.” 
“The fact of the matter of it is there's a great deal of anger out there. Individuals are tired of waking up every day and seeing men, whether it be for having skittles, an iced tea, selling a CD, selling a loose cigarette going for their license an ID people are tired of seeing them killed on video and nothing happening, People are tired of abject violence and seeing police officers who are trying to protect and serve the community and trying to provide an environment so that a peaceful protest can happen. For them to not be able to go home to their families; it's unacceptable."

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Black Lives Matter Peoria to meet with Councilwoman Beth Akeson

Councilwoman's tweets prompt advocates to take action - from CiProud
Recent tweets made by At-Large-Councilwoman Beth Akeson has caused an uproar. The tweets, take direct aim at Black Lives Matter and are viewed by many as racist. The Tweets have since been deleted and Councilwoman Akeson's Twitter page is now locked. (Click images to enlarge.)

Councilwoman's tweets prompt advocates to take action - from CiProud

As a result Black Lives Matter Peoria has opened discussions with Akeson about her Tweets and will be sponsoring an Open Discussion/Town hall Meeting:

BLMPeoria Facebook page.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Riggenbach and Gulley getting their ducks in a row?

Do the newly approved District Maps hint at a renewed vigor from the folks who live on the East Bluff and in Southtown to make sure they are represented by the people who will best support their interests?

The fight that the District 1 and District 3 Councilmen put up for the new maps show that Gulley and Riggenbach may realize that the time is NOW to answer to their constituents... finally.

The new map puts the City on the hook to make sure that there is some growth in District 1 and District 3. Unnfortunately, Councilwoman VanAuken was hoping to get in on some of that power growing North...

By a 6-5 vote, the council settled on what has been labeled "Map B." Spain, Van Auken, Ardis, and Councilmen Gary Sandberg and Bill Spears voted against Map B. Voting in favor were Gulley and Council members Chuck Weaver, Beth Akeson, Timothy Riggenbach, Dan Irving and Eric Turner.

The vote also comes about 13 months after the map-making process was first introduced with more than two dozen versions drafted and multiple meetings with sometimes passionate discussions. Source