Actions for Everyone
We, as a collective of engaged citizens, are creating and witnessing progressive changes that years of elections haven’t been able to get us. We are tired of waiting, and have been learning, acting, and are prepared for what’s to come. Keep it up, folks! Educate, Agitate, Organize.
Black Lives Matter: Say her name – Breonna Taylor! This week, Brett Hankison, one of the officers involved in the murder of Breonna Taylor, was fired. This is a success, but there are several more officers who were involved in the no-knock warrant, and we can’t forget that being fired still allows police officers to collect a pension and/or other types of pay. In the 2014 Milwaukee murder of Dontre Hamilton, the police officer responsible for Dontre’s death, Christopher Manney, is able to still collect 75% of his previous $71,000 salary in disability retirement pay, tax free. If that doesn’t hugely incentivize police violence, I don’t know what does.
For her 27th Birthday on June 5th, Bustle put together a list of ways to Demand Justice for Breonna Taylor.
- Send a birthday card, letter, postcard, or other paper mail to the Office of the Attorney General and Louisville Metro Mayor, explaining that Taylor will not get to celebrate her birthday this year, and demanding justice for her and all Black people killed by the police. The addresses for both offices are on the #BirthdayForBreonna website.
- Send an email to the Kentucky attorney general, the mayor, and the governor demanding accountability for Taylor’s death. The link on the #BirthdayForBreonna page will open your mail app with the email addresses already filled in and a pre-written email of what to say.
- Sign the official petition calling for Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and Louisville District Attorney Tom Wine to arrest all the Louisville officers involved in the killing of Taylor, for Taylor’s family to be compensated for wrongful death and negligence, for Governor Beshear to or Attorney General Cameron to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Louisville Police Department immediately, and for no-knock warrants to be deemed unconstitutional.
- This GoFundMe will wire money directly to Breonna’s family, who have been working hard to seek justice for Breonna, and the Louisville Community Bail Fund helps support the people who have been on the front lines of protests for Taylor in Louisville.
- You can also call the offices of Governor Beshear, District Attorney Wine, Attorney General Cameron, Senator Paul, as well as Representative John Yarmuth, and the Kentucky Senators General Hotline. All their numbers are listed here, as well as a script of what you can say.
Earn It Act: As an activist, I can tell you first hand that using end-to-end encryption is integral to organizing. The EARN IT Act can not pass. (How have I never written anything in a Gandalf-voice before? You. Shall not. Paaaassss.)
Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT Act). Additionally, it fails to effectively protect children from online sexual exploitation according to the Human Rights Watch. keep children safe.
The bill also violates the Constitution’s protections for free speech and privacy. As Congress considers the EARN IT Act—which would require online platforms to comply with to-be-determined “best practices” in order to preserve certain protections from criminal and civil liability for user-generated content under Section 230 (47 U.S.C. § 230)—it’s important to highlight the bill’s First and Fourth Amendment problems.
So, this is a call to contact your senators, and sign petitions to stop it. Here’s a nice write-up on how to call your senators if you have social anxiety. ActionNetwork has a petition you can sign and a phone number you can call to connect with Congress here.
The Marshall Project: The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. They have information on movements around Police Abolition, Immigration, Race, and so many other urgent and important topics. Please know about them, read their research, and share widely.