We need change now.
The outpourings of grief and generational pain we’re seeing today are a response not only to unjust policing of Black people — they are a cry for public officials to take action and achieve a new paradigm for policing. We cannot go through this cycle again. Now is the time for all of us to demand justice for the Black community and accountability for law enforcement. It is time to reimagine what kind of America we want to build — an America where all people can live safely and freely.
New Era of Public Safety
The New Era of Public Safety initiative offers groundbreaking tools to create accountability and increase trust, fairness, justice, and mutual respect between police departments and the communities of color they serve. The report and toolkit offer policy solutions to equip communities and police departments with best practices and recommendations for adopting 21st century policing models, including tools for advocacy.
Elected leaders should publicly commit to make changes and end police violence. But any process to transform public safety and ensure our communities thrive is going to take more. To ensure that progress moves in the right direction, state and local leaders and communities must work toward a vision of public safety that holds police accountable and invests in communities.
If you’re an activist looking to build your own campaign, take a look at our advocacy tools including a campaign roadmap, sample letters to elected leaders, and social media graphics ›
If you’re a city official who wants to take a first step toward accountability, sign the Obama Foundation’s pledge to change your use of force policy ›
If you’re interested in learning more about the federal government’s response, read our coalition letter on the Justice in Policing Act ›
In this unprecedented moment, our justice and policing teams are partnering with coalition members, local communities, impacted people, police leaders, and elected leaders to dismantle structural inequity and reimagine what it means to be safe in our society.
Partners on the Front Lines
Many of the local groups at the forefront of policing and criminal justice reform are working tirelessly to organize for action in the aftermath of this crisis. Below are groups leading the work, where people can consider donating and supporting: