Black Lives Matter.

On June 3rd, following the deaths and mourning of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Mychael Johnson, Tony McDade, and Wilbon Woodard and countless others, and amid a growing national movement towards racial justice, the Levin-Janvier-Hall administration made five promises to the student body.

Torchlight will hold the administration accountable to these promises.

1

A Community Vigil

Completed

Full statement:

Planning a community vigil including students from FSU, FAMU, and TCC, and members of the Tallahassee community to remember and mourn the lives lost.

Metric used for accountability:

When a date has been published for the vigil and the event takes place. 

Actions:

A community vigil remembering Tony McDade, Mychael Johnson, James Johnson, and more victims was led by Nastassia Janvier, FSU Student Body Vice President. The vigil took place on Saturday, June 6th at 6:00pm via the Tallahassee NAACP Facebook Live and included prayer, song, dance, and spoken word poetry.

2

Serving as a Liaison and Having a Discussion With FSUPD and TPD

Completed

Full statement:

Speaking with FSU's Administration about serving as a liaison between the Tallahassee and FSU Police Department to have a sit-down discussion so we can express concerns, get answers, and mandate a plan to move forward.

Metric used for accountability:

Evidence of a meeting with representatives from FSUPD and the Tallahassee Police Department.

Actions:

The Student Body President, Vice President, and Treasurer met with a group of Tallahassee officials over Zoom including Tallahassee Chief of Police, Lawrence Revell, and FSU Deputy Chief of Police, Terri Brown. In this call, Vice President Janvier vocalizes requests from students which include diversity training for TPD, FSUPD and FAMUPD in addition to the four requests listed in the follow up letter to Mayor Dailey's office


A recording of the Zoom meeting was posted on the Florida State YouTube channel and can be found here for your convenience (play at 17:20 to start from the time at which President Levin begins to speak).

3

Starting Conversations with Mayor Dailey

Completed

Full statement:

Reached out to Mayor John Dailey's office to start conversations to ensure students are represented as members of our Tallahassee community.

Metric used for accountability:

Evidence of communication between SGA and Mayor Dailey's office regarding the student body will result in a completed status.

Actions:

After a Zoom meeting held with Tallahassee officials including Mayor John Dailey, City Manager Goad, TPD Chief Revell and others, SGA Executive Board leaders followed up with the Mayor and the Chief via a letter which was posted on the SGA Instagram page. It can be found here.

4

Coordinating with Student Leaders to Engage in Discussion

Completed

Full statement:

Coordinating with diverse student leaders from across campus to actively engage in discussion and to truthfully analyze this topic from multiple viewpoints.

Metric used for accountability:

Evidence of discussion between student leaders from diverse backgrounds and SGA will result in a completed status.

Actions:

Several FSU student leaders asked questions, voiced concerns, and advocated policies in a Zoom meeting with President Thrasher, Mayor Dailey, the SGA Executive Board, and other Tallahassee and FSU officials. The Student Body President and Student Body Treasurer were also confirmed to be present at the player-led Unity Walk organized by the Florida State football program. 


While evidence of discussion has resulted in a completed status of this promise, we hope that SGA continues to engage in these tough conversations with students leaders from diverse backgrounds.

5

Continue to Support and Advocate Fundraising Opportunities

Completed

Full statement:

Continue to support and advocate fundraising opportunities for those directly affected by these deaths and local minority businesses in the Tallahassee community.

Metric used for accountability:

Evidence of specific fundraising oppurtunities being advocated and supported by SGA will result in a completed status. 

Actions:

In a conversation with the SGA Executive Cabinet, Vice President Nastassia "Tazzy" Janvier shared a fundraising oppurtunity that SGA advocated for. In addition to the vigil for Tony McDade, a FaceBook social media campaign partnered with the NAACP GoFundMe was supported. They also asked the FSU Administration to support the campaign and send it out to their networks in the faculty and staff to expand the fundraising efforts beyond the student level.