The LWVUS resolution,
Racial Justice For Black People And All People of Color,
states that the League advocates against systemic racism in the justice system and, at a minimum,
preventing excessive force and brutality by law enforcement and calls for prompt actions by all League members to advocate within every level of government to eradicate systemic racism and the harm that it causes.
To that end, we ask that you make an urgent call and send an email to your state representative TODAY asking them to support the inclusion of the following measures in the House comprehensive racial justice bill being released this week:
HD.5128, An Act Relative to Saving Black Lives and Transforming Public Safety
, Rep. Liz Miranda, which bans chokeholds, no knock warrants, tear gas, and hiring abusive officers; creates a duty to intervene and to de-escalate and requires maintaining public records of officer misconduct. See a summary of the bill here.
An Act to Secure Civil Rights through the Courts of the Commonwealth,
Rep. Michael Day, which ends the practice of qualified immunity, making it possible for police officers to be personally liable if they are found to have violated a person's civil rights. Police officers could be held financially responsible in civil misconduct suits.
Find your representative's email address
. Be sure to include your full name and address so they know you are a constituent.