Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

For Immediate Release

Contact

Janessa Sambola-Harris, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, sambolaharris@civilrights.org
Lacy Crawford, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, lcrawford@lawyerscommittee.org
Angelo Greco, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, angelo@trillmulticultural.com, (917) 499-2688

Press Release

Civil Rights Organizations Respond to Congressional Failure on Policing Reform

WASHINGTON -

Leading civil rights organizations released the following joint statement after bipartisan negotiations around the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act were ended:

“It is absolutely unacceptable that more than a year after George Floyd was killed and millions took to the streets worldwide to demand an end to police brutality and the systemic criminalization of Black and Brown communities, congressional leaders failed to deliver meaningful legislation that would begin to address this nation’s longstanding history of violent, discriminatory policing. The determination and commitment of Senator Cory Booker and Congresswoman Karen Bass to work across the aisle to reach a consensus on this critical civil rights legislation are much appreciated. 

“In the 2020 election, voters came out in record numbers to support candidates who promised meaningful police accountability. We urge leaders at all levels of government, especially the 117th Congress and the Biden administration, to find pathways to advance policy measures that will hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct and transform policing practices and policies. We will continue to fight and advocate for legislation worthy of George Floyd’s name. That must include measures to end qualified immunity; prohibit racial profiling; strengthen the ability of the Department of Justice to bring criminal civil rights actions against officers; create a national registry of police misconduct complaints; end the transfer of military-grade equipment to state and local law enforcement; and restrict funds from law enforcement agencies that do not prohibit the use of chokeholds and other restrictive maneuvers. 

“To meet this moment, we demand transformative change that will keep our families and communities safe and end the systemic racism that permeates our criminal legal system.”  

This statement was signed by the following organizations:

Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Damon Hewitt, president and executive director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF)

Reverend Al Sharpton, president and founder, National Action Network

Melanie Campbell, president and CEO, The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, The Black Women’s Roundtable 

Johnetta Betsch Cole, national chair and president, National Council of Negro Women 

Marc H. Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League 

###

The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity – work that continues to be vital today.

Sanders Calls John Deere Threat to Take Away Striking Workers' Health Coverage 'Beyond Outrageous'

"Workers must be allowed to keep their healthcare during the strike," said the Vermont senator.

Julia Conley ·


Sanders to Host "What's in the Damn Bill" Online Panel Discussion About Democrats' Package

The Senate Budget Committee chair will be joined by other progressive lawmakers and leaders at 8:00 pm Wednesday.

Common Dreams staff ·


'Who's Next?': Quebec Declares End to Fossil Fuel Extraction in Province

"In Canada and around the world, the pressure to end the expansion of oil and gas production will only continue to grow."

Andrea Germanos ·


Draft Report Accuses Bolsonaro of Crimes Against Humanity for Covid-19 Recklessness

"Many of these deaths were preventable," said one Brazilian senator. "I am personally convinced that he is responsible for escalating the slaughter."

Kenny Stancil ·


'He Isn’t Negotiating, He Is Killing the Bill': Ilhan Omar Slams Joe Manchin

"Thanks to the butchering of Manchin, Sinema, and the greed of their corporate lobbyists," said one critic, the Democrats' Build Back Better plan has been slashed down to just $1.9 trillion in spending.

Jon Queally ·

Support our work.

We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values.
Direct to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.


Common Dreams, Inc. Founded 1997. Registered 501(c3) Non-Profit | Privacy Policy
Common Dreams Logo