Beyond Ferguson

obs 4We’ve joined with our friends over at PolicyLink and 100 social justice leaders, congressional members, faith leaders, artists, and activists in signing an open letter to President Obama that lays out seven action areas in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, MO.

In cities across America, local law enforcement units too often treat low-income neighborhoods populated by African Americans and Latinos as if they are military combat zones instead of communities where people strive to live, learn, work, play and pray in peace and harmony. Youth of color, black boys and men especially, who should be growing up in supportive, affirming environments are instead presumed to be criminals and relentlessly subjected to aggressive police tactics that result in unnecessary fear, arrests, injuries, and deaths.  In addition, the militarization of police departments across the country is creating conditions that will further erode the trust that should exist between residents and the police who serve them.

Please take a second to add your name to the petition asking the President to lead in a moment where we need him most.