Stand With Me to #EndPoliceTerror
I've known, from more or less as far back as I can remember, about racism. My parents and their friends were politically engaged, and I grew up in Berkeley, California in the 1970s. I was born just 4 years and a few miles from where the Black Panthers were formed. My dad ran for state Senate on the Peace & Freedom ticket alongside Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.
But I also grew up with "Officer Friendly" and the only police-related talk my mom gave me was that if I ever got lost to ask a "nice policeman" for help.
Until recently I didn't understand the terrible continuity of the history of state-sanctioned violence against Black people in this country, from the first official slave patrols in 1704 to racist, violent police in 2020.
For Black people, the terror begun in 1619 has never ended.
While the country is months into a pandemic, Black people in the U.S. have been the victims of another pandemic for decades.
For Black men, the police are twice as deadly as COVID-19.
Brandon Anderson knows this all too well because in 2007 he lost his life partner to police violence during a routine traffic stop.
The officer who killed Brandon’s partner had a history of violence but had never been reported. Brandon founded Raheem because only 5% of police violence is reported. And because racist policing can’t stand up to the light of day.
Raheem is the first independent online service for reporting police abuse. There are thousands of reports from hundreds of cities. But RAHEEM needs to reach more communities.
Today, I’m asking you to join me in being the hand of justice.
So, how about it –
→ Do you want to hold the police accountable?
→ Do you want to fight back against police misconduct?
→ Do you want to provide tools that can save lives during encounters with the police?
Then today – right now – stand with us.
Join or give to my team that is raising money to end police terror. Be a part of the movement of people coming together all over the country.
It’s an old fight, but it’s a new day. Standing together, we win.