In response to the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing civil unrest, the MN House has passed policing reform legislation, which the Senate has yet to approve. The MN House legislation addresses increased accountability for police who use excessive force, prohibiting the use of certain physical restraints, funds for community policing, and much more.
Call (or email) your MN Senator and ask your MN Senator,
“As a constituent, I ask you to support the reforms suggested in Special Session Senate File – SSSF 104, which prioritizes public safety, prohibition of certain restraint holds, increased citizen oversight and community policing measures, training that focuses on de-escalation rather than ‘warrior’ style combat training, and more accountability for officers who use excessive force.”
Please complete this as soon as possible as final votes are expected in the MN Special Legislative Session as early as Monday, 7/20.
Public comments on this rule change ended on July 15, but your voice can still be heard by calling your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative at their local office. Find the number for your U.S. Senator and your U.S. Representative. Reach out to members of Congress today to advocate for protecting the Asylum process and the human right for asylees to seek protection.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet encourage a series of action items that individuals and communities can take part in to act against racism and police brutality.
Now it is time for us to act! There are two bills currently being considered in Congress: the Justice in Policing Act and the Justice Act. There is merit to portions of each bill. We hope that Congress will be able to collaborate to bring equal justice to all.
Advocate to dismantle discrimination and racism, reform policing, and create unity and a more just world for all. Click here to download our talking points about the bills.
We invite you to take any of several actions:
1. Call your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative
Share a version of this message:
I am asking you to support the Justice in Policing Act introduced into the House of Representatives (HR 7120) and as Senate bill (SR 3912). Black lives in the United States have been under attack for too long. This is wrong; every human life is sacred and valuable and racism is a sin. Justice cannot wait. Please act quickly to pass this needed legislation.
We need to support a police culture in which officers act as guardians of public safety, seek to de-escalate violent and potentially violent situations, and use force as a last resort only and not until other means of de-escalation have been exhausted.
I support making these crucial reforms to combat racial bias and excessive force by officers of the law:
· Banning the use of chokeholds and other tactics that have killed people, particularly Black men.
· Eliminating federal programs that provide military equipment to law enforcement.
· Prohibiting the use of no-knock warrants.
· Ending the qualified immunity doctrine that prevents police from being held legally accountable when they break the law.
· Making lynching a federal crime.
· Helping prevent police misconduct in the first place by increasing data on police-community encounters and law enforcement activities, racial profiling, use of force, deaths during police encounters, leading to transparency, and ultimately to important modifications to training and practices.
Please support this legislation and help us create a more just society where Black lives truly do matter.
2. Email your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative
Use Network Lobby’s email system to send your legislators a pre-written email. Click here to use their system now.
3. Take a minute to let us know whom you contacted
4. Join a virtual meeting with your U.S. Senator
We know passing this bill is going to be contingent on the goodwill of Senators. Carondelet provinces Justice Office/JPIC coordinators for each province are taking the lead in connecting people who want to participate in these virtual visits, so please contact your local CSJ Justice Office or JPIC person. For those outside of Carondelet: we are encouraging you to also contact your Senator to request a virtual visit on this issue.
5. Write a letter to the editor
Thank you for ALL your recent advocacy efforts:
1. Continue Advocacy for DACA Youth
Continue to contact your elected officials in Congress TODAY asking for their support for DACA youth and to pass clean DREAM Act bi-partisan legislation. There are many ways to get involved with additional actions with the CSJ Immigration Task Group.
2. COVID-19 Pandemic Advocacy Actions
The CSJ Community’s Justice Commission is committed to putting our faith into action by educating, advocating, partnering, and acting for justice leading to systemic change in communion especially with our “dear neighbor.” There are many, many ways, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, that we continue to raise our voices and take action for justice leading to systemic change at this important time, including:
I. Advocating with our elected officials in the MN Legislative Special Session for COVID-19 relief funding. Contact your state legislators and the MN Congressional delegation to urge them to include critical options services and emergency funding for ALL our most vulnerable Minnesotans including our people experiencing homelessness, for the most vulnerable elderly, undocumented dear neighbors, for those incarcerated, for those who have lost employment, and those dear neighbors living in poverty.
II. Advocating with Congress for the next National COVID-19 Relief Package ensuring that ALL people will be provided with COVID-19 testing and treatment, including immigrant communities, regardless of immigration status, and ensuring that emergency Medicaid covers testing and treatment.
III. Ensuring that ALL people, especially immigrant children regardless of immigration status, can remain healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic through a petition to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) – a group within the Department of Health & Human Services – holds some 3,600 unaccompanied immigrant children in largely for-profit shelters. CBSNews confirmed on March 26 that 3 children at an Immigrant ORR shelter in NY have been confirmed COVID-19 positive. Time is of the essence in demanding the release of these kids from detention.
3. Anti-Human Trafficking postcard signing
Thank you for everyone that sent postcards to Sysco Corporation as a part of the Nationwide Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking throughout the Lenten Season.