ACTION & RESOURCES

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Each represents a heinous injustice.

Worse, they represent larger injustices where our justice system has fallen short of living up to the founding principles of our country.

America draws its strength from its ideals—especially those of equal rights—and, more fully embracing them offers a path forward.

A key source of America’s greatness is its ability to self-correct—for society to recognize when actions contradict our country’s ideals and for people to band together to fix its problems by doing more to live up to what makes our country great.

But such a self-correction doesn’t just happen. It requires vigilance and leadership; uncomfortable conversations and action and change within our communities and our laws.

TAKE ACTION

There are many reforms needed to address racial injustice. Our criminal justice system needs significant reform. Policing, in particular, requires immediate attention.  

Police reform is a particularly difficult challenge because decisions are made across the federal, state, and local levels and we need to take action in all three.

Reform creating the biggest immediate impact can be categorized in three different ways:

Enforcement of overcriminalization 

  1. Limit contact between citizens and law enforcement by removing unnecessary laws. 
  2. Modify current drug charging and sentencing practices/laws.
  3. Divert addiction and mental health calls to treatment instead of law enforcement.

Internal Police Culture 

  1. Encourage transparency and accountability in union contracts and allow for stricter disciplinary procedures.
  2. Implement national best practices for use of force procedures and prioritize de-escalation.
  3. Prohibit arrest quotas.
  4. Integrate bias-free policing principles.

External Perverse Incentives 

  1. Reform qualified immunity.
  2. Reduce reliance on funds from fines, fees, and forfeitures
  3. End civil asset forfeiture.
  4. Reform 1033.

For a full description of the reforms we’re advocating for and research that informs these recommendations, check out our research page.

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TRANSFORM YOURSELF AND YOUR COMMUNITY

As we take on the uncomfortable truths about the impact of racism on American society, there will be conversations about culture and the need for systemic reforms that will challenge our closely held thoughts and beliefs. We must be willing to embrace these tensions and learn to work together to see lasting change in our communities.  

The resources below provide the tools and practice for effectively communicating across divides:

Build a sense of community:

Living Room Conversations provided a Coronavirus toolkit complete with methods to start living room conversations and minimize loneliness and National Conversation Project is working in over 300 communities across the country to better connect them in this time.

Engage in debate:

Braver Angels works to set up and create opportunities for debate and connect people across their divides.

Create results across divides:

Welcome America provides roadmaps and tools for communities to be more supportive and embracing of immigrants and all neighbors and One America Movement brings people together across political, racial, and religious lines to address the issues in their communities.

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