SIX THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY
POLICE & PROSECUTOR TRANSPARENCY
The public has a right to know how the police are trained and how prosecutors decide which crimes to investigate and prosecute.
Push your elected prosecutors and local police officers to track and release data about who they are stopping, who they are charging and who they are sentencing.
ELECTION OF PROSECUTORS
Many recent steps forward in social justice have been a result of electing prosecutors with progressive views on policing and crime prevention.
VOTE: The election of prosecutors is just as important as the election of governors, senators, and representatives.
WATCH: Power of Prosecutors
COMMON SENSE REFORMS
Implement reforms that work towards the good of the people. By lobbying for policy that doesn’t ostracize a a group of people, we can come together as a nation.
SHOW UP:Attend candidate forums and meetings. Ask your representatives to support change in these policies.
Many people associate issues surrounding police relations in minority communities with only the high profile incidents of police brutality that we see on the news. But, in fact, these issues permeate daily lives and interactions.
Engage your elected officials, as well as your friends and neighbors, in conversations about why day-to-day police interactions with minority communities are so important.
WATCH/READ: The Walking While Black Experience
Police chiefs are public servants who are accountable to the public. The establishment of citizen oversight boards can help promote better policing practices.
Insist that oversight boards have the power to subpoena and investigate allegations of misconduct.
Everyone is subject to prejudices even if we’re not consciously aware of them. Having open dialogue about racism is easier when we recognize how deeply ingrained our attitudes have become.