The Department of Justice (DOJ) is a critical target in the struggle against police brutality. The DOJ can sue local police departments and win consent decrees that force significant reform. The DOJ can also arrest cops who have brutalized and/or killed unarmed people on civil rights violation charges. SURJ created this action kit to help you plan your action on the Department of Justice or US Attorneys office. We put what we thought are the most critical items at the top. Thanks for being brave, bold and supportive. Read the DOJ Action Kit.
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The killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO; Eric Garner on Staten Island, NY; Ezell Ford in Los Angeles, CA; and John Crawford in Beavercreek, Ohio are the latest in a long series of extrajudicial (outside the law) killings of People of Color in the United States. SURJ has compiled actions you can take in response to these murders and violence against People of Color, ranging from one minute to a lifetime of action. Please join us in making a commitment to take one or more of these actions in this important time. Read the Police Brutality Action Kit.
The case of George Zimmerman is the latest in a long series of extrajudicial (outside the law) killings of People of Color in the United States. SURJ has compiled actions you can take in response to the Zimmerman verdict and violence against People of Color, ranging from one minute to a lifetime of action. Please join us in making a commitment to take one or more of these actions in this important time. Read the Justice for Trayvon Action Kit.
Disproportionate numbers of People of Color and low income White people are snared in the net of the criminal “justice” system. Through our actions we can demonstrate our belief that the criminal law system is fundamental to creating a more just society. We can speak out against racial profiling and mass incarceration, and share a vision of human rights for all, including incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people. Read the Injustice in the Criminal "Justice" System Took Kit.
As we watch the protests in Baltimore, we are reminded of that so many Black mothers mourn the deaths of their children to police brutality. SURJ (and friends) created this toolkit to help you plan your action on Mother’s Day. Read the Mother's Day Action Toolkit.