BIG UPDATES: BREONNA TAYLOR
Feb 25, 2021 —
Please read through to the end of this message for news regarding the progression of justice for Breonna Taylor, and how you can help.
As my team and I waited for the presidential election results in November of 2020, we were absolutely elated by the victory of President Biden and Vice-President Harris. My next steps were to network within the Biden administration, potentially bringing Breonna's tragic death, as well as the wider issue of police brutality, to the forefront of the new administration.
As the COVID-19 pandemic surged, it became clear that the current priority of the administration is to vaccinate as many Americans as possible to achieve herd immunity, as well as passing a stimulus bill -- and understandably so. However, this does not mean that police brutality is a topic to be pushed aside. There still has not been justice for Breonna Taylor, let alone federal legislation addressing police brutality.
In the vice-presidential debates, Kamala Harris was asked by the moderator whether or not she believed justice was served in the case of Breonna Taylor. Vice-President Harris answered no, acknowledging the injustice of Breonna's death -- though she acknowledged this travesty, she has yet to make any significant actions regarding justice for Breonna. I have immense respect for our first female vice-president, especially because I myself am a woman of color, but it is unacceptable to use Breonna's name as a prop in the vice-presidential debates to attract voters, to make a promise to address police brutality, and then break that promise.
There are currently two policing bills drafted in Congress -- one is the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the other is the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is an omnibus bill, meaning several provisions are included in one piece of legislation [it provides for mandatory body cams, limitations to qualified immunity, bans on certain chokeholds, etc]. This bill is expansive; however, it is extremely unlikely that moderate-Democrats and Republicans will vote to pass the bill through Congress. For this reason, we hope to use the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act as a stepping stone to allow for a more expansive bill, like the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, to pass. The Justice for Breonna Taylor Act would completely ban no-knock warrants on the federal level. Because this bill is sponsored by Senator Rand Paul, it is more likely to garner support from Senate Republicans and Moderate Democrats. If this bill is passed, we hope to then use it as a door to establish more reforms.
Right now, police reform is being pushed aside and forgotten by our elected leaders in Congress. YOU MUST CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES AND DEMAND THAT THEY PASS THE JUSTICE FOR BREONNA TAYLOR ACT IMMEDIATELY. My team and I hope to create a call tool in order to make the call and email process easier for those of you who have supported this issue thus far. I will continue to speak with elected officials and advocate for this bill and continue a non-partisan coalition to address police brutality -- however, this cannot happen without you.
CALL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TODAY.
We cannot forget her name.
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