| "Don't stop marching, because when you march, they filed the charges against him. When you march, they are now talking about taking away qualified immunity for police. When you march, they are now talking about poverty in black communities. When you march, they are now talking about, how can we reimagine being safe in our country? That doesn't mean tear gas, it doesn't mean handcuffs, it doesn't mean mass incarceration. It means love and compassion in our country. If this is not proof that we are on the right side of history, I don't know what is."
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said that recently, at a march.
"Don't stop doing what you're doing in Congress!" we'd like to shout back.
But first we need to make sure Rashida Tlaib remains in Congress. She's facing a rematch of her 2018 election, which she won by fewer than 1,000 votes.
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Rashida Tlaib speaks so powerfully in the media and on social media, that she can make the case for herself here in her own words:
"I represent the 3rd poorest congressional district in the country. Instead of tear gas & billions in militarizing police, we need to address poverty & inequity in education. Right now, Black children went to court begging for the right to literacy. . . .
"Instead of spending money on tear gas, and military grade equipment, that money should go to education, health services, including mental health, and other programs that allow our communities to thrive. Enough with the trying to justify criminalization & violence. . . .
"We must remember Aiyana Stanley-Jones who was killed by an officer in Detroit while she was sleeping. A war device created by the British in the 60s was thrown into the home during the police raid. End militarization of police."
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Congresswoman Tlaib is, as usual, pushing concrete progressive proposals through Congress.
"We must listen to folks on the ground expressing pain and anger. . . . I will be pushing for the following actions to move forward in a meaningful way:
Tlaib is just as active on a wide range of issues, including the environment, healthcare, and education. Together with Congresswomen Jahana Hayes and Ayanna Pressley, she recently led the sending of a letter from 111 Congress members to the Congressional leadership strongly urging the inclusion of at least $305 billion in K-12 education stabilization funding in the upcoming coronavirus response legislation.
- Create emergency response teams made up of health and human services professionals to respond to instances where police presence may increase conflict.
- Dismantle the system of mass incarceration and over-policing of communities.
- Eliminate qualified immunity for police officers.
- Establish a database and process for decertification of police officers who commit criminal activity.
- Invest in our communities with resources to eradicate poverty, create opportunities for our neighbors to thrive, and to repair and heal communities.
- Prohibit the militarization of police and redirect funding to community needs.
- Restore disparate impact in the Civil Rights Act to ensure folks have a path to justice when their rights, liberties, and lives are denied and harmed.
- Support legislation that would significantly limit the use of force to narrow circumstances and never as a first resort."
A serious public servant in the U.S. Congress is not to be taken lightly. We have to do everything we can to keep Rashida Tlaib around.
That starts here.
--- The RootsAction.org Team
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