SIX THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY

First and foremost, if you haven’t done so already, register to vote.Visit https://vote.gov to register to vote online.
Interested in how else you can help? Read below to find out 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.

ACTION

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.

LEARN MORE

READCook County State’s Attorney Baseline Data Report

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.

ACTION

VOTE: The election of prosecutors is just as important as the election of governors, senators, and representatives.

LEARN MORE

WATCHPower 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.

ACTION

SHOW UP:Attend candidate forums and meetings. Ask your representatives to support change in these policies.

LEARN MORE

READ: How Fines And Fees Criminalize Poverty: Explained
READ: Bail Reform: Explained
READ: Civil Asset Forfeiture: Explained

CONVERSATION

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.

ACTION

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.

LEARN MORE

WATCH/READ: The Walking While Black Experience

CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT

Police chiefs are public servants who are accountable to the public. The establishment of citizen oversight boards can help promote better policing practices.

ACTION

Insist that oversight boards have the power to subpoena and investigate allegations of misconduct.

LEARN MORE

WATCH/READ: Is Civilian Oversight The Answer To Distrust Of Police?

IMPLICIT BIAS

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.

ACTION

Take the Project Implicit Bias Test

Locate Your Senators and Representatives:

ex: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500