Over 1,000 people are killed by police every year in America, and Black people are three times more likely to be killed than White people. We can take steps and make reforms to combat police violence and systemic racism within law enforcement.

President Obama pushed many of these reforms during his time in office, and started the My Brother’s Keeper initiative in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death to break down barriers and expand opportunity for boys and young men of color. But far more progress remains to be made. We’re inspired by those protesting for accountability and change, even in the face of a pandemic. If you’re looking for additional ways to advocate for change, below you’ll find resources to learn about police violence and antiracism, as well as actions you can take to encourage reform, from organizations who have been working on these issues at the local and national level for years.And be sure to read President Obama’s statement on the killing of Daunte Wright, as well as the May 2020 reflections from President Obama and Mrs. Obama on the killing of George Floyd, and learn more about the work of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.

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Get Informed

Learn about police violence and antiracism in America.

If you’re looking for additional ways to drive change, below you’ll find resources to learn about police violence and antiracism, as well as actions you can take to encourage reform. Ending systemic racism in policing will require broad participation, so we are spotlighting a number of organizations calling for a range of reforms, all of which have been working on these complex issues at the local and national level for years.

Reimagining Policing: Progress to Date

Over 300 communities—representing 13+ million Black people and including all of the 10 most populous U.S. cities—took our pledge to Reimagine Policing. This report shares highlights and next steps in building on that momentum. Get informed, get inspired, and take action today.

The Reimagining Policing Pledge Workshop Series

MBK Alliance, in partnership with the Leadership Conference and Cities United, has hosted multiple workshops for cities participating in the Reimagining Policing Pledge, which launched this past summer.  These workshops are developed as a way to support each pledge city’s policy review, community engagement, and ongoing reform process.

From community activists and elected officials to civic organizations and national experts, the workshops create space for people from all sectors to learn about alternative frameworks and options for public safety and how to implement data-driven best practices to drive reform.

View the Reimagining Policing Pledge workshops >

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights—New Era of Public Safety: A Guide to Fair, Safe, and Effective Community Policing

The recommended reforms in this report, which are intended to create accountability and build better relationships between law enforcement and communities of color, stem from President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. You can read the Task Force’s 2015 report here.

Equal Justice Initiative—Tragic Death of George Floyd Reveals Continuing Problem of Police Violence

A reflection on the current state of police reform with recommendations for progress.

Center for Policing Equity—The Science of Justice: Race, Justice, and Police Use of Force

This detailed report delves into police administrative data to show disparities in the use of force. You can watch the director of the Center, Phillip Atiba Goff, deliver a TED talk on fighting racism and improving policing here. 

The National Museum of African American History and Culture—Talking About Race

An online portal to help families, individuals, and communities talk about racism and commit to being antiracist.

Explore Innovations

Learn about promising innovations and innovative approaches to public safety and policing.

Center for Policing Equity—A Roadmap for Exploring New Models of Funding Public Safety

A set of recommendations for communities considering new models of public safety.

The National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform—Shrink the Beast: A Framework for Transforming Police

Learn more about community emergency response networks, an emerging infrastructure of community safety and problem-solving responders, with expertise in crisis response, mental health, and de-escalation techniques.

Shari Davis—TED2020: What If You Could Help Decide How the Government Spends Public Funds

Obama Foundation Fellow and Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project Shari Davis explains participatory budgeting, a process that brings local residents and governments together to develop concrete solutions.

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice—Future of Public Safety

A six-part series of roundtables, panels, and open forums led by experts who share substantive and innovative recommendations for communities to consider as they reimagine public safety.

Take Action

Take steps and lend support to encourage reform.

Elected Officials: Commit to taking action to address police use of force policies in your city.

Official Daunte Wright Memorial Fund—GoFundMe

The Leadership Conference Education Fund—Take Action in your Local Community

Learn how you can take action around the issue of police use of force in your city.

Color of Change—Sign a Petition to End Violent Policing Against Black People

Sign this petition calling for the end of police violence against Black people.

Nationwide Bail Fund

Help support bail for protestors in your community. For those here in Chicago, you can support the Chicago Community Bond Fund.

TAKE CARE

FIND THE MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND TRAUMA SUPPORT YOU NEED.

American Psychological Association (APA)—Unmute your feelings

A list of ways to process your emotions and protect your mental health.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)—Resources for African Americans

Find a therapist for yourself or for your loved ones, explore toolkits, and more.

Brave Space Alliance—Support groups

Chicago-based Brave Space Alliance fills a gap in the organizing of and services to trans and gender-nonconforming people.

The Loveland Foundation—Loveland Therapy Fund

The Loveland Therapy Fund provides funding for Black women and girls to receive therapy support.

Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences—Anti-Racism Resources for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)

A list of Black-led resources for mental health, free emotional well-being resources, and mindfulness and guided meditation resources.

GET ENGAGED

CONNECT WITH THESE ORGANIZATIONS ON THE FRONT LINES OF SOCIAL JUSTICE.

USE YOUR VOICE

WE ALL HAVE A ROLE TO PLACE IN SHAPING A MORE JUST WORLD.

From suggested social media language you can use to advocate for change, to educational guides to keep you up to speed on the latest, the resources below can help you start or continue your journey to take action against injustice.

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
The New Era of Public Safety initiative offers groundbreaking tools to create accountability and increase trust, fairness, justice, and mutual respect between police departments and the communities of color they serve. The report and toolkit offer policy solutions to equip communities and police departments with best practices and recommendations for adopting 21st century policing models, including tools for advocacy.

Center for Policing Equity
Center for Policing Equity (CPE) produces analyses identifying and reducing the causes of racial disparities in public safety and advocates for large-scale and meaningful change. Using evidence-based approaches to social justice, CPE uses data to create levers for social, cultural and policy change.

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter provides a number of toolkits for individuals related to healing action, healing justice, conflict resolution, and more.

Everyday Democracy
Everyday Democracy provides a number of resources for individuals by issue, including around community policing.

National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform
NICJR partners with cities and agencies across the country to support efforts focused on reimagining public safety; placing community at the center and transforming policing. Utilizing the organization’s successful criminal justice reform model to Reduce–Improve–and Invest, NICJR is guiding newly formed police reform commission efforts in California, including the Oakland Reimagining Public Safety Task Force and the Fresno Commission on Police Reform to establish robust recommendations and implement a sustainable framework to reduce the footprint of law enforcement, significantly improve policing, and reinvest into communities and community based services and supports. They have a number of resources around this work.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives partnered together on the “Future of Public Safety” series, which resulted in this report. In the series, we brought together 38 individuals representing a diverse range of voices for “dialogue across differences.” Through everyone’s points of healthy disagreement, we identified nine core points of consensus that guided our work and are the framework for the roadmap we provide communities.

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