For Immediate Release
Civil Rights Group Responds to State of the Union Address, Calls on President to Take Action to End Epidemic of Police Violence
WASHINGTON - “We agree with President Obama that our communities, communities of color, need affordable housing, health care, child care, education, as well as jobs that pay a living wage and offer paid sick leave to their employees. And we praise the President for pushing back against the continued efforts to undermine our right to vote, as well the corporate overreach that, without Title II reclassification, threatens net neutrality and our free and open internet. The health of our democracy depends on our voices being heard, both at the ballot box and online.
“However, at this critical moment in our nation’s history -- with the epidemic of police violence on television sets and cell phone screens, billboards and t-shirts nationwide -- substantive remarks affirming Black lives matter and the critical need for police reform were disappointingly absent.
“More than one million ColorOfChange members and their allies have raised their voices for real reform, and we need the President to act immediately and pass an executive order enforcing, expanding and strengthening the ban on discriminatory policing now."
With more than 850,000 members, ColorOfChange.org is the nation’s largest online civil rights organization.