BLACK. LIVES. MATTER.
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Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Janis, Deb, Donna, Dr. Bill, Dan, Kimberly, and Bryan—your PDA National Team
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) condemns the ongoing, escalating violence against African Americans. We desperately need a national racial truth and reconciliation effort to redress structural racism, and implement radical policy solutions.
Join PDA supporting our Advisory Board member Rep. Barbara Lee’s House resolution H.Con.Res.100, “Urging the establishment of a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation.” Click here to tell your Representative to cosponsor and work to pass the resolution.
Also, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) cosponsored H.Res.988–a decisive first step to end police brutality. Join us demanding its passage in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Yet another innocent was felled by police gunfire—this time in Kenosha, WI. This cannot go on. As The Nation magazine reported,
On Sunday night, video was released showing the attempted murder of Jacob Blake on a street in Kenosha, Wis. The video shows Blake, a Black man, walking towards his parked vehicle followed by two police officers who have their guns drawn on him.
As Blake reaches his car door, one of the officers grabs Blake’s tank top and holds him in place as he, or the other officer, fires multiple shots into Blake at point-blank range. In the video, seven shots can be heard. …
Blake’s three young children were in the car when the police shot him. Blake was taken to a hospital, where he remains in the intensive care unit. …
Less than 24 hours later, on Monday, Republicans started their national nominating convention in a crowded, mask-optional room in Charlotte, N.C. Vice President Mike Pence, accepting his renomination to his office, declared, “We’re gonna back the Blue.” Pence, apparently, couldn’t say “Black lives matter.”
See: At the RNC, Republicans Go All-In on Police Impunity, by Elie Mystal, August 25, 2020, The Nation.
Of course we hope and pray for Jacob Blake’s rapid and complete recovery, but that isn’t enough. Join PDA supporting Rep. Barbara Lee’s H.Con.Res.100, “Urging the establishment of a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation.”
Please Click Here to tell your Representative to cosponsor and work to pass Rep. Lee’s resolution. Also, please Click Here to tell your Representative to cosponsor and work to pass the resolution to end police brutality.
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