It's Past Time for Change

Our Mission

A grassroots organization, the Friends of Scott, Alexis and Taun Hall (FOSATH), was formed shortly after the death of Miles Hall who was killed on June 2, 2019 by the Walnut Creek Police Department while in the throes of a mental health crisis.  

 

In honor of Miles Hall, our mission is to educate and advocate for systemic changes in Walnut Creek and surrounding communities with respect to law enforcement’s response to individuals living with mental health challenges. 

 

A key goal is to enable equitable outcomes for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC).

Our Vision

A skilled response to mental health crises that is specific to the needs of each individual and ensures fair and equitable outcomes, based on compassion, respect and dignity. 

 

The relentless pursuit of institutionalized policies and individual practices that preserve life and eliminate structural bias and racism.

FOSATH Committee Goals and Expectations (Mid 2020)

Mental Health Committee

Chairs

Cri Campbell-Schine

Gigi Crowder

Long Term Goal:

  • Improve the way the county and cities of Contra Costa County respond to mental health crises.

Immediate Goals:

  1. Create the Miles Hall pilot for county-wide 7x24 non-police response to mental health crises.

  2. Cost analysis for county-wide 7x24 non-police response to mental health crises.

  3. Through letter writing and speaking, pressure all city councils in Contra Costa County to support Miles Hall pilot of new county-wide mental health crises.

Implicit Bias Committee

Chairs

Gigi Crowder

Ogie Strogatz

Vivian McHenry

Goal: 

  • Increase community trust and engagement in Walnut Creek by cultivating greater awareness and understanding about implicit bias.

  1. Conduct 6-10 small group listening sessions, to help surface and explore implicit bias about ethnicity and cultural background and mental illness.

  2. ​Conduct 1 additional listening session for a broader audience, the session will feature the takeaways of the small group sessions, including suggested next steps to advance awareness, understanding, and actions that address implicit bias.
  3. ​Present a summary of the process and results of the sessions to the Walnut Creek City Council.

Collaboration Building Committee

Chair

Gigi Crowder

Goal:

  • Identify and collaborate with advocacy groups who align with FOSATH’s mission to educate and advocate for systemic changes in Walnut Creek and surrounding communities with respect to law enforcement’s response to individuals living with mental health challenges, and to enable equitable outcomes for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC).

  1. Add additional members to this committee. Ideal candidates would be local and state-connected cultural brokers for affinity groups such as:

    • Peers and family advocates

    • Like-minded, ethnic and culturally specific organizations

    • Government staff such as individuals from the Public Defenders’ Office etc.

  2. Work with cities in this county to align with our overall goals of a non-police response to mental health crisis.

  3. A premiere goal is identifying and collaborating with city specific advocacy groups such as diversity task forces, etc. with a goal to expand our reach and messaging. 

  4. Collaborate with FOSATH’s Local Mobilization Committee’s efforts to leverage opportunities with a goal to maximize our efforts into other regions using relationships built locally.

Committee for Regular Meetings with Walnut Creek Leadership

Chairs

Shiyama Cluney

Glenn Wäscher

Goal 

  • To hold the city staff and FOSATH accountable on FOSATH issues. To update each other on progress.

  1. City leadership in the creation of a 24/7 non-police mental health crisis response program

  2. Implementation of effective de-escalation, CIT, and implicit bias training for Walnut Creek police officers

  3. The City’s effective adoption of 8 Can’t Wait policies

  4. The City’s pursuit of independent investigation of Miles’ case.

Legislative Outreach Committee

Chair

Kathryn Durham-Hammer

Long-term Goals:

  1. State-wide legislation and funding for 24-7 mental health crisis response in every city and county.

  2. State-wide legislation on police accountability and independent investigation for every officer-involved shooting in which a civilian is hurt or killed.

  3. Legislation to create and invest in a new non-violent, non-police paradigm of public safety. 

Immediate Goals:

  1. Connect with state and local elected officials to communicate what happened to Miles and the work of FOSATH.

  2. Build a network of elected officials that can partner with FOSATH to achieve the long-term goals.

Independent Investigation Committee

Chairs

Rachel Grant

Shiyama Clunie

Long Term Goal:

  • Improve the way the county and cities of Contra Costa County respond to mental health crises.

Immediate Goals:

  1. Create the Miles Hall pilot for county-wide 7x24 non-police response to mental health crises.

  2. Cost analysis for county-wide 7x24 non-police response to mental health crises.

  3. Through letter writing and speaking, pressure all city councils in Contra Costa County to support Miles Hall pilot of new county-wide mental health crises.

Ways you can help now

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Read our position.

Sign the Change.org petition to demilitarize Walnut Creek Police response.  
 
Attend Walnut Creek City Council meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Check our Event page for details.  
 
Sign the Color of Change petition to get the officers involved in shooting Miles off active duty and then share the petition with others.
Sign up  for Volunteer 
opportunities!
Sign the Change petition to request advanced crisis intervention training and full transparency and then share the petition with others.
 
 
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