Email or call your members of Congress (202-224-3121) to let them know that you support the demilitarization of police departments.
Background: The tragic list keeps growing: David McAtee, George Floyd, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor and more. All of them are African-Americans who were killed by police officers. The nationwide protests have brought to the forefront pre-existing tensions between police departments and the communities they patrol, rooted in the long U.S. history of racism.
Congress is discussing how to address the over-militarization of the police. Proposals include the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 1714), which would stop local law enforcement from receiving military style weaponry. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) has said he will introduce a similar proposal in the Senate soon. Members of Congress introduced a police reform bill on Monday, June 8, that, among other provisions, would ban chokeholds and make lynching a federal crime.
Ask your members of Congress to support legislation such as these to demilitarize local police departments and to increase funding for community public health and violence intervention programs.
Faith reflection: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest” (Psalm 22:1-2). May our lamenting lead to justice and safer communities for all.
Renewing MCC’s commitment toward ending racism in the U.S.
Mennonite Church USA statement on racial injustice