A Year After George Floyd’s Murder, Still Working for Policy Change
May 25, 2021
On the one-year anniversary since George Floyd’s death at the hands of Derek Chauvin, it remains clear that the criminal legal system will not self-correct. The racism embedded in the system continues to terrorize Black and brown communities across the nation. We cannot tolerate the loss of another life to police violence. In order to build anew, we must affirm that every person is made in the image of God and entitled to dignity and equal justice under law. This is a sacred responsibility. As Pope Francis reminds us, “we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”
Since passing the House in the 117th Congress on March 3, 2021, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R.1280) has seen no action in the Senate. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is a crucial step in facilitating greater police accountability and towards dismantling the white supremacy in policing by ending long-held practices that allow law enforcement to murder Black people with impunity. The legislation:
- Ends qualified immunity for law enforcement
- Establish a national standard on use of force
- Bans chokeholds and no-knock warrants at the federal level
- Mandates data collection on encounters with law enforcement
- Restricts police access to military-grade equipment
- Improves federal laws to prosecute excessive force
Congress has a moral and civic duty to protect Black lives. NETWORK calls on the Senate to pass H.R.1280, The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act immediately.
Opportunities to remember George Floyd and act for racial justice:
- Call your Senators at 888-496-3502 and ask them to pass H.R.1280 the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
- Join the Sisters of Mercy in prayer at 2:00 PM Eastern.
- Mark the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death with prayer with Catholics 4 the Common Good – GA at 8:00 PM Eastern. Register here.
- Watch the George Floyd Memorial Foundation’s panel discussion From Protest to Policy.
- Follow the George Floyd Memorial Foundation to stay informed of their work on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
- Participate in the George Floyd Memorial Foundation’s Virtual Day of Action.