Taking action: George Floyd, one year later

May 25, 2021, marks exactly one year since George Floyd was murdered. A year ago, we realized the power of our collective voice as we took to the streets in the name of justice. We realized that when we refuse to tolerate oppression, we can make people listen.

Today is a Virtual Day of Action to honor George Floyd’s legacy.

You can take action to make your voice heard in your community.

Voting: If you live in the USA and are not registered to vote, please consider doing so by visiting https://vote.gov/. Making your voice heard through the power of the ballot empowers you to represent your values.

Advocate: You can urge your legislators toward the resolution you support regarding police and the use of force. A summary of the federal George Floyd Justice in Policing Act bill, which has passed the US House and will be considered in the US Senate, is below:

George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020

This bill addresses a wide range of policies and issues regarding policing practices and law enforcement accountability. It increases accountability for law enforcement misconduct, restricts the use of certain policing practices, enhances transparency and data collection, and establishes best practices and training requirements.

The bill enhances existing enforcement mechanisms to remedy violations by law enforcement. Among other things, it does the following: 

  • lowers the criminal intent standard—from willful to knowing or reckless—to convict a law enforcement officer for misconduct in a federal prosecution, 
  • limits qualified immunity as a defense to liability in a private civil action against a law enforcement officer, and
  • grants administrative subpoena power to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in pattern-or-practice investigations.

It establishes a framework to prevent and remedy racial profiling by law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels. It also limits the unnecessary use of force and restricts the use of no-knock warrants, chokeholds, and carotid holds.

The bill creates a national registry—the National Police Misconduct Registry—to compile data on complaints and records of police misconduct. It also establishes new reporting requirements, including on the use of force, officer misconduct, and routine policing practices (e.g., stops and searches).

Finally, it directs DOJ to create uniform accreditation standards for law enforcement agencies and requires law enforcement officers to complete training on racial profiling, implicit bias, and the duty to intervene when another officer uses excessive force.

Source: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/7120

You are invited to contact your US Senators to speak up for your values about this bill. To find your US Senators (every state has two), visit this Senate web site and click “Find Your Senator” at the top right of the page.

We have been urging our legislators to support clean air and water for BIPOC populations because research shows these populations are more likely to live where pollution is high (near industrial polluters)

Any action you take to support equality for people of color is anti-racism. Actions are what can change your community.

We understand some people do not agree with our views of the world. We can live with differences. We can hear other points of view. We really want respectful, compassionate dialog for healing and shared understanding.

6 thoughts on “Taking action: George Floyd, one year later

  1. I believe that too many law-enforcers — be they private-property security, community police, prison guards or heavily-armed rapid-response police units — have targeted/acquired such authoritative fields of employment for power-trip reasons (albeit perhaps subconsciously). It’s a profession in which they might get to, for example, storm into suspects’ homes, screaming, with fully-automatic machineguns or handguns drawn, at the homes’ occupants (to “face down!”), all of whom, including infants, can be permanently traumatized from the experience.

    On some occasions, these ‘law-enforcers’ force their way into the wrong home, altogether. That’s potentially when open-fire can and does occur, followed by wrongful deaths to be “impartially” investigated. Those that do get into such a profession of (potential or actual) physical authority might do some honest soul-searching as to truly why. Problematically, there may be many people who are in such an armed authority capacity that were reared with an irrational distrust or baseless dislike of people of other races.

    I’ve noticed after almost 3.5 decades of news consumption that a large number of people, however precious their souls, can be considered disposable, even to an otherwise democratic nation. When the young children of those people take notice of this, tragically, they’re vulnerable to begin perceiving themselves as disposable thus without value. When I say this, I primarily have in mind Black and indigenous-nation Americans (and Canadians, though perhaps to a lesser degree). But I know it happens worldwide. To me, it’s like a devaluation, albeit perhaps a subconscious one, of the daily civilian lives lost (“casualties”) in protractedly devastating war zones and sieges. They can eventually receive meagre column inches on the back page in the First World’s daily news.

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      1. I very much agree.

        A psychologically/emotionally and physically healthy future should be every child’s foremost right, especially considering the very troubled world into which they never asked to enter.

        I believe the wellbeing of all children — and not just what other parents’ children might/will cost us as future criminals or costly cases of government care, etcetera — should be of great importance to us all, regardless of whether we’re doing a great job with our own developing children.

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