Recorded May 14, 2016. Tom Broderick interviews Ciera Walker, Congregational Organizer at the Community Renewal Society, and Rev. Christopher Griffin, an activist with the Community Renewal Society, about the Society’s proposed FAIR COPS ordinance and about their report Who Watches the Watchmen?
- Community Renewal Society: Police Accountability
- The FAIR COPS ordinance (as proposed)
- Who Watches the Watchmen?
- Chicago Police Accountability Taskforce Report
- Alderwoman Leslie Hairston’s Independent Police Monitor ordinance
- CAARPR’s Civilian Police Accountability Council proposal
- The Invisible Institute
- Better Government Association Police Accountability Portal
Christopher L. Griffin is a product of the Chicago Public Schools graduating from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. He then attended Columbia College in Chicago where he studied Photography and Film. As a member of the First Baptist Congregational Church in Chicago, Illinois he received his calling into ministry in 1979 and was licensed at the age of 16. His desire to follow his calling took him to seminary where began his biblical studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
He was a founding member of Son Light Ministries, a youth drama ensemble comprised of youth and young adults from various churches in the Chicago area. He was also a youth supervisor in the district and state Illinois Missionary Baptist Conventions from 1981 through 1994.
He has been guest speaker on numerous occasions for a variety of social justice and religious organizations over the years such as the Older Boys & Girls Youth Conference, the Midwest Missionary Baptist Youth Conference, the Northwood River District, Illinois Missionary Baptist Convention, the International Sunday School Broadcast, the LEADERS Network and the Community Renewal Society.
Rev. Griffin has served in many areas of ministry over the years. Most recently he served as Youth Pastor of the Y-LIFE Ministry for high school aged youth (2009-2015).
In May of 2015 after 35 years of service he resigned as the Assistant Pastor of Administration at First Baptist Congregational Church (2011-2015) and joined Soul City Church on Chicago’s near west side.
Chris resides with his wife of 27 years (Angela) in East Garfield in Chicago and is currently employed by the City of Chicago where he has worked for 30 years.
They have two daughters, Angel Imani and Ashley Nyota.
Ciera Walker is the congregational organizer for the south side of Chicago and south Suburbs. Ciera is committed to serving the vulnerable, oppressed, and impoverished. As a Chicago Native, Ciera was raised on the Southside of Chicago and in her late teen she moved to Texas. Ciera studied at Lamar University and received a bachelor’s degree in social work. She continued her studies art University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work, and received a Master’s degree in Social Work, with a concentration in community health and urban development. By being exposed to the structural racism in Chicago and the blatant racism in the south, Ciera took a vow to stand against social and economic injustice.
Ciera is also an ordained Minister through the Church of Jesus Christ House of Prayer INC. She is married to Pastor Christopher Walker and to their union they have four children.