THE REDLANDS AREA DEMOCRATIC CLUB condemns the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. We call for all police officers responsible for his death to be held accountable.
We stand in solidarity with the peaceful protesters who are speaking out against police brutality and demanding respect for black lives.
Racism is a deeply-rooted problem in our society. We welcome the conversation our country is having on race. We hope those words lead to meaningful, systemic change.
The tragic killing of George Floyd has moved so many people that we decided to publish a special edition of our newsletter, The Progressive, in response. We hope that you will find something in this issue that speaks to you, informs you or even challenges your thinking. Read our Special Edition: https://tinyurl.com/y92g79sp
What can YOU do?
“The point of protest is to raise public awareness, to put a spotlight on injustice, and to make the powers that be uncomfortable; in fact, throughout American history, it’s often only been in response to protests and civil disobedience that the political system has even paid attention to marginalized communities. But eventually, aspirations have to be translated into specific laws and institutional practices — and in a democracy, that only happens when we elect government officials who are responsive to our demands.”
President Barack Obama, June 1, 2020
Legislation to combat systemic racism and to reform the criminal justice system has been introduced on the state and federal level. Contact your elected officials to express your support/concern.
- Learn about the state legislation put forth by the CA Legislative Black Caucus here: https://tinyurl.com/ya7xnq7n
- Learn about the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, federal legislation put forth by the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Democrats, here: https://tinyurl.com/y778xtol
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has been asked to declare Racism a Public Health Crisis. Contact the clerk of the Board of Supervisors to encourage support for this declaration
Attend your local City Council meetings/website to learn about your city’s law enforcement budget
Attend your local school board meetings/website to learn about your school district’s budget and priorities
Register to vote. Update your registration when you move. Check that your voter registration information is still accurate. Mark election dates on your personal calendar well in advance. Vote. Vote the entire ballot. Vote in every election.