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None of us should ever fear violence in our communities, especially from those supposedly charged with promoting public safety. Patrick Lyoya, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, and countless other Black and Brown people have died at the hands of police—and a racist system that disproportionately targets people of color for police brutality, imprisonment, and death.
It’s past time to do something different. AFSC supports the Movement for Black Lives, which has called for divestment from policing and investment in Black communities.
Please join us in calling on Congress to support the legislative solutions proposed in the BREATHE Act and the People’s Response Act, especially the provisions that move money out of federal policing and grants to local police departments, and into critical needs such as schools, health care, and transformative justice initiatives. We need more than police reforms- we need a holistic approach to community safety that reduce our reliance on policing, and build healthy, well-resourced communities.
Tell Congress: We need policy solutions that center the needs of Black and Brown people who have been the most harmed by police violence. It’s time to invest in communities, not policing!