Congress: Continue the Conversation on Race. Hold the Hearing.
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Over the past few weeks, stories of black people in America engaging in normal everyday activity, being racially profiled, and having police called on them - from Airbnb, to Starbucks, to Yale - has gripped the national consciousness.
These recent highly-publicized incidents are part of a history of racism and profiling in this country - from public and private actors - that often leads to the implicit or intentional weaponization of 911 to exclude black bodies from white spaces, with police encounters leading to degradation, incarceration, and in some cases, death.
Recent events have brought this issue back into the fore. A national dialogue about an American problem, the next and necessary venue to further it is in Congress, where legislators, experts, and citizens can publicly examine the issue and prescribe solutions that enforce accountability. Without taking this next step, the "conversation on race" effectively fades away.
Read the letter and add your voice calling on Congress to continue the conversation and hold the hearing. Share the link with your networks using the hashtag #HoldTheHearing
Read the full letter here: https://medium.com/@loladesiyonbola/congress-continue-the-conversation-on-race-hold-the-hearing-952200200bb4
CALL Sen. Chuck Grassley, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman: (202) 224-3744
CALL Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member: (202) 224-3841
CALL Rep. Bob Goodlatte, House Judiciary Committee Chairman: (202) 225-5431
CALL Rep. Jerry Nadler, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member: (202) 225-5635
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