Fairness is not controversial. Equal rights are not controversial. These are the shared principles we are supposed to proudly uphold as a free nation. The fact is, we all know there is room to grow. If we want to build a society that reflects those ideals for ALL Americans, of every race, religion, orientation and creed, we need change.
This struggle for equality is not a new one. Dating back to the creation of our great nation these issues have persisted. In the wake of George Floyd’s death, Goodwill of Southern Arizona is proud to see the new found focus on social justice across the nation. Social justice and equality has always been a part of our mission and we know firsthand how life changing interactions with the criminal justice system can be. Impacting a person and their family for generations. It is time that we all come together with a focus on unity and fairness. Not on division or hate but on a shared goal to make our nation fairer and more just. Working and collaborating with local agencies and organizations to establish a more trusting, cooperative, safer community for all of our neighbors, families and friends.
Messaging and talking points are great but we feel it is time to move past empty words and back it with action. We are currently reviewing all of our business relationships as we refuse to support organizations or individuals that do not uphold our values and beliefs. The money we spend as an organization is one of the big ways we can make an impact. It is time for a shift, we are one community and all are welcome. Hatred does not belong nor should it be tolerated in our amazing country.
This Saturday from 1pm -2:30pm join our virtual town hall chat Tucson Police and local youth. Ages 14-24 welcome. We will come together in solidarity to listen, exchange ideas, educate, increase understanding, and lift up the voices of our youth!
Our Metro Rec youth center has hosted several community policing events with local minority leaders, activists, community members and local law enforcement. Goodwill of Southern Arizona offers three programs that provide services and support to individuals that have been adjudicated in the criminal justice system.
Goodwill®’s GoodFutures Youth Program is a training and service-learning program for Southern Arizona’s young adults. This youth program works with ages 18 through 24 who are interested in real world work experience, placements with local employers, and professional skill development.
Metro Rec, Youth Re-Engagement Center – Learn More
The METRO Goodwill® Youth Program serves youth and young adults ages 16-24 years seeking employment and education in the community. We assist them with their goals, connect them to resources, provide career pathways, and give a sense of purpose for the future.
WE STILL HAVE WORK TO DO BUT WE NEED TO DO IT TOGETHER!
Action and progress requires partners and allies; we do want to commend our partners at Tucson Police Department for being the ONLY police force in the nation to voluntarily adopt Campaign Zero’s 8 Can’t Wait policies to dramatically decrease police violence. See the list here.
Ban choke-holds and strangleholds
Require warning before shooting
Exhaust all other means before shooting
Duty to intervene and stop excessive force by other officers
Ban shooting at moving vehicles
Require use-of-force continuum
Require comprehensive reporting each time an officer uses forces or threatens to do so