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Op-eds from the coalition

The ’94 Crime Bill 25 Years Later: It’s Time for a Reckoning
Deanna Hoskins, Andrea C. James, Kumar Rao
Colorlines – Sep 30 2019

The Police Can’t Solve the Problem. They Are the Problem.
Derecka Purnell and Marbre Stahly-Butts
The New York Times – Sep 26 2019

House Dems’ Reforms Are Not Enough — Congress Must End Federal Policing Funding
Kumar Rao
Truthout – June 14 2020

Biden Needs to Own Up to the 94 Crime Bill, Dems Need to Fix the Damage
Tracey Corder
Medium – June 28 2019

Our campaign is a key demand of the Movement for Black Lives

Policy Platform: End the war on Black people

Co-led development of the Justice Guarantee from Ayanna Pressley
The People’s Coalition played an instrumental role in crafting this federal resolution, which includes an explicit call on Congress to dismantle the 94 Crime Bill and to support a participatory people’s process that will design and develop public safety legislation.

Rep. Pressley Launches A Bold, Progressive Criminal Legal Reform Resolution: The People’s Justice Guarantee

The People’s Justice Guarantee Bill [Full Text]

“BYP100 would like to thank Representative Pressley for this resolution, as well as for naming the generational impact that criminalization has had and continues to have on Black communities. In this time, so many political leaders lack the courage to name the relentless toll that over-policing, jails, prisons, surveillance, and other anti-Black systems of oppression take on Black communities. We applaud Rep. Pressley for her courage and integrity,” said D’atra Jackson, National Director of BYP100. “This is an unprecedented and necessary step toward undoing harm and beginning a People’s Process. More specifically, a People’s Process that reimagines safety by centering those most impacted.”

“The National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls is proud to endorse Representative Pressley’s revolutionary The People’s Justice Guarantee. We particularly applaud the acknowledgment of the harm that the criminal legal system has inflicted on incarcerated women, 80% of whom are mothers of minor children. The current system is destroying families and communities, a devastation that must end,” said Andrea James, Executive Director of the National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls.

This resolution is another major step forward for our communities and a testament to decades of work to redefine public safety and end mass criminalization and incarceration done by grassroots organizations and social movements,” said Jennifer Epps-Addison, Co-Executive Director and Network President at the Center for Popular Democracy. “This year, in particular, communities have come together to acknowledge the relentless emotional, financial, and human toll of mass incarceration and mass criminalization accelerated by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. This has given way to incredible movements like the People’s Coalition for Safety and Freedom. We thank Representative Pressley for following our communities’ leadership and championing this resolution in our vision. We look forward to engaging with her on a People’s Process that will further develop policy platforms for our justice system and democracy, and know that she will continue to seek real insight and leadership from our communities as we build this new vision of public safety together.”

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