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.

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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.
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