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We Have to Mobilize AND Organize

Recently, former President Barack Obama made a statement on Instagram encouraging civic leadership and participation at the LOCAL levels, something we all know is CRITICAL to making the change we seek happen in our communities. You can see screenshots below and the full post here:

Also shared is An Advocacy Toolkit for Fair, Safe and Effective Community Policing which can be found here,, from the Obama Foundation website. Additionally, a list of resources to be informed about police violence and antiracism in America and opportunities to be engaged can be found here:

Dedicate time today to learning more from just ONE of these resources and reflect on your own civic leadership during this time.

Image may contain: text that says 'time. Second, I've some suggest that the recurrent problem of racial bias in our criminal justice system that only protests direct can bring change, participation electoral politics couldn't disagree point of protest to awareness, to put a spotlight on injustice, and to the powers that be uncomfortable; in fact, throughout American history, it's often only been in response to protests and civil disobedience that the political system has even attention to marginalized communities. eventually, aspirations to be translated into specific institutional practices in democracy, that only happens when elect government officials who are responsive to our demands.'

Image may contain: text that says 'Moreover, it's important for us to understand which levels of government have the biggest impact on our criminal justice system and police practices. When we about politics, a lot of focus only the presidency and the government. yes, be fighting to make sure that have a president, Congress, U.S. Department, and judiciary that actually recognize the ongoing, corrosive role that plays and something about But the elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments the justice at and local levels. It's and county executives that appoint most police chiefs negotiate collective bargaining agreements police unions.'
Image may contain: text that says 'It's attorneys and attorneys or not to investigate and ultimately charge those involved in misconduct. places, police review boards with the power to monitor police are elected as well. Unfortunately, voter in races is low, especially which makes no given the direct these young these on the who wins and who loses those seats is often determined by just few thousand, few hundred, So the bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real the do both. We to organize and candidates who will to to raise awareness, and we have make that elect'

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