On Saturday, December 13th, New York City saw one of its largest demonstrations against the lethal use of police force and the deaths of Eric Garner, Akai Ghurley, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice and many others.
Motivated by the recent lack of indictments for police officers responsible, protests have continued across the country. In New York City, Working Families supporters raised over $10,000 to pay for staging, audio and visual equipment to lift the voices of those demonstrating for justice.
Earlier this year, Working Families partnered with Color of Change to petition the federal government to take action to reform police practices. The good news: it’s working! This past week Congress passed the Death in Custody Reporting Act. This legislation will require states to report the number of deaths during police arrests and in police custody. It’s an important first step, but by no means the end of this struggle.
If we want to secure justice for communities of color and put a stop to excessive (and often lethal) use of police force, we need to keep pushing at the local, state and federal level.
Here’s what you can do to help: