The issue of police brutality in the US has become a major issue and I too have been hitting on the issue hard and calling for reforms. But what reforms exactly? Now comes along something called Campaign Zero that has articulated 10 steps that can be taken towards the goal of ending police violence. The graphic giving the names of the 10 steps is below but if you go to the above website, each box is a hyperlink that takes you to a page that gives detailed policy recommendations.
I hope that this takes off and cities are ranked according to how many they adopt and people running for elected office are asked about the extent to which they are willing to support them.
The organizers behind Campaign Zero, who are quick to admit that they do not claim to speak for the entire Black Lives Matter movement, have already reached out to the various presidential campaigns.
Campaign Zero was created by DeRay Mckesson, Johnetta Elzie, Brittany Packnett — three of the most prominent activists to emerge during last year’s unrest in Ferguson, Mo. — and Samuel Sinyangwe, a San Francisco-based policy expert.
“We’ve always had demands,” said Mckesson, who shared the proposals with the hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers he has amassed since the protests in Ferguson. He said Campaign Zero has collected those demands made by various activists around the U.S. as police use of force has become a fixture of public debate.
For instance, Elzie said, she scrolled over the Campaign Zero table showing presidential candidates and whether they’d taken a specific stand on the activists’ 10 core issues. The Democratic candidates had many boxes filled in with positions, but the Republicans’ were empty.
“It maps out plain as day who has spoken on what,” Elzie said. “Just looking at this chart, the Republicans have said nothing about anything that remotely affects what’s happening in America right now.”