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.
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 de-escalation
- 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
Read the full article at: https://www.gq.com/story/deray-mckesson-interview-8-cant-wait