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Spa City to host second forum to combat racism

Spa City to host second forum to combat racism

The forum will include an update from the committee and the Saratoga Springs Police Department
Spa City to host second forum to combat racism
Henrietta Jackson, of Saratoga, speaks during the first forum in Saratoga Springs Aug. 3
Photographer: Erica Miller/Daily Gazette Photographer

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A community forum about how to handle racist events that have happened in the city will take place Thursday at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church.  

It is the second such forum to be organized in the city. At the first, on Aug. 3, Saratoga Springs residents Carol Daggs and Henrietta Jackson, both of whom are African American, recounted being harassed by the same man.

Daggs said she was driving on July 30 with her elderly mother when a man in a black Chevrolet pick-up truck started cursing at her at the corner of Lincoln and Vanderbilt avenues.

Jackson said she was sitting on a neighbor's porch on Doten Avenue, near the Saratoga Casino Hotel, when the man slowed down and stopped before shouting the n-word and giving her the middle finger. 

Saratoga Springs Police Lt. Sean Briscoe and Commissioner of Public Safety Peter Martin attended the forum to listen and give feedback on what could be done about the man who harassed Daggs and Jackson. 

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Kathy Johnson, a member of Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, led the Aug. 3 community forum. She said a committee would be formed and tasked with helping to keep the community safe from hateful language and crimes, and to provide support for those who feel threatened. 

Johnson said the second community forum would include an update from the committee, as well as the Saratoga Springs Police Department. 

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. The church is located at 24 Circular St.

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