UPDATE: The petition will be delivered at a meeting with White House staff on Monday October 17.
Over the past ten years racial profiling has expanded and now affects many communities of color in the United States. Tell President Obama that it's time to step up and stop racial profiling now!
It’s been 10 years since 9/11 and a recent AP news story uncovered that local police, in conjunction with the CIA and FBI, have been violating rights by spying on Muslim and Middle Eastern communities in the U.S. in the name of national security.
In Cobb County, Georgia where local police have a 287(g) agreement and Secure Communities, Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit where police admitted to arresting and beating Angel Francisco Castro-Torres, a Latino man, after “observing his race.”
10 years ago, Congress introduced then failed to pass the End Racial Profiling Act. Today black and brown people are still subject to stop-and-frisk policies and race-based police stops while driving and walking; a recent analysis by the NYCLU revealed that blacks and Latinos are overwhelmingly targeted by the New York Police Department in stop and frisk activities.
President Obama has the power to stop racial profiling by telling the Department of Justice to strengthen its guidelines on racial profiling, by supporting the End Racial Profiling Act, and by ending programs where local police are involved in civil immigration enforcement.
Racial profiling is a harmful and ineffective policing practice because it creates fear and resentment in communities, eroding the trust that police need to solve crimes. Racial profiling violates our human and constitutional rights. Rights Working Group and others are requesting a meeting with the Obama administration to demand the reforms listed in the petition letter. Join us by signing the petition below and demanding action.
As a Senator, Obama co-sponsored the “End Racial Profiling Act.” As a presidential candidate, he promised to sign legislation to ban racial profiling. As president, it’s time for Obama show leadership and take action to stop racial profiling.
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Specifically, I am calling on you to:
- Support the introduction and enactment of the “End Racial Profiling Act;”
- Reform the Department of Justice’s 2003 Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies to prohibit all forms of profiling including profiling based on religion and national origin; to close national security and border loopholes; to cover state and local law enforcement; to cover law enforcement surveillance activities; and to make the Guidance enforceable.
- End all programs that involve state and local law enforcement in civil immigration enforcement, including the 287(g) program and Secure Communities.
It’s time to face the truth – racial profiling is unlawful, it is an ineffective law enforcement practice and it violates the human rights of the people targeted. Take action to end it today.