FOR THE RECORD.
Congressman Jamaal Bowman just introduced an urgent piece of legislation in response to the actions of thousands of violent insurrectionists last week.
Already, nearly 60,000 people have joined 24 organizations and campaigns in supporting this legislation called the Congressional Oversight of Unjust Policing (COUP) Act. But to make sure Congress takes immediate action, we need even more people to get on it.
Now that even more armed acts of insurrection are being planned at state capitals across the country, there’s more urgency to set a precedent against them.
The Congressional Oversight of Unjust Policing Act would uncover how the terrorist attack on the US Capitol was able to breach the Capitol building. It would establish a commission to investigate the attack – and ties between white supremacists and Capitol Police.
At least 20 organizations and campaigns are supporting the bill.
Let’s break this down a little more.
Many police actually allowed violent white supremacists into the Capitol. There’s footage of police opening gates willingly and taking selfies with them.
Now compare this to how police treated Black Lives Matter protests last summer:
- They ran crowds of civilians over with their trucks;
- They kettled and arrested thousands of peaceful demonstrators on bridges and in public parks;
- They tear gassed, beat, and maimed countless more, including journalists and children.
This country is in a crisis of racist policing. We need a serious intervention. Firing the heads of the Capitol Police is not enough.
This is not just a case of police competence. This is a case of police-aided, violent, white supremacist insurrection. And this country desperately needs to set a precedent that these actions cannot stand.
Monique Worrell, a brilliant and brave long-time activist for justice, just won her race to become the State Attorney for Orange and Osceola Counties in Florida!!! THANK YOU to everyone who supported her race.
Monique will instantly become one of the single most important leaders and voices in the nation when it comes to radically changing the justice and legal system from the inside out. This is more proof that supporting candidates matters, and that these elections are winnable.
Local prosecutors have incredible power in our justice systems. They decide whether to charge and prosecute cases. When a person is found guilty, they recommend a sentence.
But right now, the majority of prosecutors in America are white and funded by police groups. We’re changing that, but we can’t do it without you.
Real Justice has helped many local prosecutors win their races now, but each victory is hard-fought. We’re only able to do it with the help of a national network of people like you who donate or volunteer. On top of mobilizing donors and volunteers, Real Justice also contributes to races directly to help campaigns contact more voters, identifies opportunities to oust bad prosecutors, and does the work of recruiting good ones – especially public defenders – to run.
Once these prosecutors are elected, the fight isn’t over. Powerful actors who will do anything to maintain the racist status quo are constantly attacking the authority of these new, transformative leaders.
Let’s celebrate this victory, and then keep fighting!
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Missouri Republicans are trying to pass a new law that would allow the governor to remove elected St. Louis County Prosecutor Kim Gardner from office.
This is by far the single most dangerous, racist, sexist legislative attack we have encountered against our work.
Kim was just reelected last week by the voters of St. Louis with more than 60% of the vote, but the Missouri State Legislature may vote on this new law next week. This is how much they hate her. Time is running out. We need to act fast.
Will you sign our super-petition and demand that the Missouri State Legislature vote against this Amendment in any form, and that Governor Mike Parson, and St. Louis elected officials stand against this blatant grab for power?
This is one of the most anti-democratic acts we’ve seen in the modern era.
Kim Gardner IS St. Louis’s Circuit Attorney. She won re-election with over 60% of the vote because the people stand with her platform. But that didn’t stop Missouri State Sen. Bob Onder from introducing legislation that would allow the Republican Governor to fire Kim Gardner.
This isn’t just a threat against the people of Missouri — it also serves as a dangerous precedent that will weaken democracy across this nation. If this is approved, the Missouri government will inherently dismantle the democratic right to vote and this will serve as a model for anti-democratic leaders across the nation to maintain their racist systems of prosecution, mass incarceration, and police brutality.
The power to choose who our elected officials should be must remain with the people. Anything less would be a violation of our rights as Americans. We refuse to let Republicans get away with this undemocratic attack. But we need to work hard and fast before they vote.
It’s been 125 days since Breonna Taylor was killed by police in the middle of the night in her own apartment. We have organized hard. And still, the cops are free.
That’s why @UntilFreedom organizers, @TheBLKPanthers and activists like you are preparing to take demands for justice to the next level through civil disobedience.
Will you stand in solidarity with protestors on the ground by making phone calls? Please dial 502-735-1784 to tell key decision-makers that the police who murdered Breonna Taylor must be arrested immediately.
This action will be even more powerful if we’re backed up by people all across the country echoing our demand: arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor now.
Our partners at Grassroots Law Project launched the Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission along with the district attorneys of San Francisco, Boston, and Philadelphia. We truly believe this can change the game – because we’re no longer trying to “reform” our justice systems. Our goal is to replace them.
Now that we’re about half-way through this month, we need to make sure the budget is strong enough for the work ahead by this Friday.
Right now, important strategy sessions are happening behind the scenes so that these commissions can begin investigating and ruling on cases of police brutality and racial injustice soon.
But each local commission will take about $1 million per year to run. We’re counting on grassroots contributions from people like you to make it happen.
Can you chip in before our mid-month budget deadline on Friday? Please make your best gift to help our Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission begin investigating and ruling on cases of injustice.
It’s important that our fundraising doesn’t slow down now. There’s too much on the line. This work needs to be well-funded to succeed.
We’re assessing our best next steps along with our budget right now, so that’s why you contributing before Friday matters so much.
Here we go again people! Today we need you to know about Darius Tarver.
He had just suffered a serious head injury from a near-fatal car accident. He needed medical attention. Instead, Denton, TX police shot and killed him. It’s heartbreaking and infuriating.
Darius was confused and seriously injured. He was trying to unscrew the lights in his apartment, but he broke them. His neighbors called the police – who then killed him.
Darius had a bright future ahead of him. He was on the dean’s list at UNT and set to graduate in the spring with a criminal justice major.
He should’ve received help from a mental health care professional. Instead, he was met with violence.
It took weeks of demands from Darius’s father, Kevin Tarver, and community leaders for the Denton Police Department to release footage of the incident.
It’s now clear that the Denton PD tased and shot him while he was standing completely still. They missed multiple opportunities to safely arrest him.
The four officers must get fired and charged for Darius’s murder. An independent special prosecutor must investigate the case. And the Department of Justice must fulfill the promise to launch a federal investigation.
Please support Grassroots Law today!
As you know, we live in the deadliest police culture in the world.
Our partners had the opportunity to speak along with families who lost loved ones at the hands of police (and perpetrators protected by police) to officials at the highest levels of our federal government recently. We got a promise from Attorney General William Barr and Donald Trump to launch federal investigations into these murders.
But their promise means very little until there is tangible action. And we all know how much is it ministration lies. That’s why we need you and thousands of other people across the country to demand that they launch investigations, immediately.
Add your name right now to demand federal investigations into the murders of Botham Jean, Ahmaud Arbery, Michael Dean, Darius Tarver, Jemel Roberson, Cameron Lamb, Antwon Rose, Everett Palmer, and Atatiana Jefferson.
Some of these families have been fighting for justice for years. It has been deeply exhausting and painful. All the more reason to fight with them. This war against Black and Brown people won’t stop unless we demand it.
Ultimately, you can support our partners Grassroots Law Project with a monetary contribution.