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5 Anti-Police Brutality Organizations You Can Join and/or Support

The executions of black women and men by police, often caught on film, can be difficult to process. There is pain, anger, rage, hopelessness, despair, shock and even numbness. There is no right or wrong way to grieve these traumas that we are repeatedly subjected to. But we can turn our pain into action, planting seeds of change that will impact the lives of our children and grandchildren.

For years now these 5 organizations have worked to organize communities to combat police brutality with action ranging from protests to public policy. Check them out…

1. Do Not Shoot Us

What it is: A website dedicated to documenting instances of police brutality, including undue harassment and arrest, assault and police encounters that end in death.

From the website:

“Don’t Shoot is a community site where you can find recent videos about outrageous police misconduct, really valuable ones but underrepresented by mass media. We provide you with first-hand stories and diverse videos.

Our mission is to positively impact the situation in the US and the lives of its citizens, to do our best to help end inhuman and biased acts. We are here to empower you, give you a voice and help you get justice with all our might.”

How you can get involved: Submit incidents of police brutality and misconduct that are not getting proper media coverage.

2. Campaign Zero

What it is: A research-based organization dedicated to implementing a 10-point policy plan to systematically reduce and eliminate police violence. The parts of the plan are:

1. End Broken Windows Policing
2. Community Oversight of Police Behavior
3. Limit Use of Force by Police
4. Independently Investigate & Prosecute Police Misconduct
5. Community Representation in Local Police Forces (Officers Serving Their Own Communities)
6. Body Cams/Film the Police
7. Training Police Officers to Safely De-escalate Situations and Overcome Implicit Racial Bias
8. End For-Profit Policing
9. Demilitarization of Local Police Departments
10. Fair Police Union Contracts

Campaign Zero works to implement these changes via community protests, as well as appealing to lawmakers at all levels of government.

From the website:

“A comprehensive package of urgent policy solutions – informed by data, research and human rights principles – can change the way police serve our communities. Integrating recommendations from communities, research organizations and the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, these policies aim to protect and preserve life.”

How you can get involved: Join Campaign Zero’s sister organization We the Protesters, which holds protest events nationwide. Or email to share policy ideas and feedback.

3. We the Protestors
What it is: A companion organization to Campaign Zero, We the Protestors is dedicated to executing protests across the country in response to police brutality, as well as increasing community participation at police hearings, community organization workshops and black self-care events.

From the website:

“We, the protestors of Ferguson and beyond, in order to fulfill the democratic promise of our union, establish true and lasting justice, accord dignity and standing to everyone, center the humanity of oppressed people, promote the brightest future for our children, and secure the blessings of freedom for all black lives, do ordain and dedicate ourselves to this movement of radical liberation.

We, the protestors, believe that that our nation can only be great when it affirms and empowers all. All must mean all, and include especially those who define the global majority but whom American practices have confined to the margins.”

How you can get involved: Use We the Protester’s event locator to find a protest, police hearing, community organization workshop or pro-black event near you.

4. National Police Accountability Project
What it is: A group of legal professionals who provide information on citizen’s rights in the wake of police abuses and seek legal ways to end police brutality. The organization does not directly represent victims of police brutality, but maintains a database of attorneys who do.

From the website:

“The project provides:

  • training and support for attorneys and legal workers
  • public education and information around issues relating to police misconduct
  • information and resources for non-profit and community groups who work with victims of police abuse
  • support for legislative reform efforts aimed at raising the level of police accountability
  • a forum for legal professionals and community organizations to come together and creatively work to end police misconduct”
  • How you can get involved: Contact the National Police Accountability Project if you or someone you know has been the victim of police violence. If you are a legal professional who needs more information about police brutality and the law, check out their training events.

    5. Black Lives Matter

    What it is: With local chapters across the country, Black Lives Matter uses protest as a means to connect black communities and pressure local and state governments to adapt legislation to end police brutality, mass incarceration and systemic poverty in black communities.

    From the website:

    “When we say Black Lives Matter, we are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state. We are talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity…

    #BlackLivesMatter is working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. We affirm our contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression. We have put our sweat equity and love for Black people into creating a political project–taking the hashtag off of social media and into the streets. The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.”

    How you can get involved: Find and join a local Black Lives Matter chapter here.

    Please let us know any additional organizations we can add to our list.

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    5 years ago

    Very helpful.

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    5 years ago

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