NEW ORLEANS, La. (BRPROUD) – The Audubon Nature Institute is backing out of an upcoming event after receiving “feedback regarding the event from members of our community and from persons outside of our community, who feel this event could be unintentionally divisive rather than inclusive,” according to the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation.
The event in question is ‘Blue at the Zoo.’
The Audubon Nature Institute worked together with the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation on this event.
‘Blue at the Zoo’ was going to run from Wednesday, May 12 through Sunday, May 16.
The intent of “Blue at the Zoo,” was “to promote and foster positive interactive experiences” with the NOPD.
The New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation released this statement about the decision:
Audubon facilities have long been welcoming and safe spaces for the children, families and citizens of our community.
Audubon Nature Institute heard feedback regarding the event from members of our community and from persons outside of our community, who feel this event could be unintentionally divisive rather than inclusive. Though that was never the intent, Audubon Nature Institute made the decision to cancel the event. Audubon will continue to work with the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation to find ways to support the New Orleans Police Department.
The Audubon Nature Institute understands and appreciates that the issue of ethical policing is at the forefront of our nation and our local community and that NOPD is a nationally recognized leader in law enforcement reform. Audubon stands firm in its support for holding law enforcement accountable for any and all unethical and unlawful behavior. Audubon also supports efforts that promote healing between law enforcement and the community. As such, working with the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, Audubon will be considering alternative ways to promote meaningful and impactful community engagement with the New Orleans Police Department.
‘National Police Week,’ starts on Sunday, May 9 and ends on Saturday, May 15.