Physicians for Reproductive Health

Tell Congress to Pass Police Reform Legislation

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ABOUT:

Black communities are hurting. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others have led to outrage across America and the world. Violent crackdowns on protests have brought more anguish. And amidst this turmoil the Covid-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately impact Black Americans, bringing more despair. We ask our network this week to stand against police brutality and the generational trauma it causes. We ask you to stand against the systemic racism that causes high Covid-19 rates in black communities and unconscionably high incidences of maternal mortality for Black women. We ask white members of our network to be allies and co-conspirators with Black-led movements and recognize and leverage their privilege to combat racism and white supremacy.

Yesterday, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) sent a letter to Congress demanding police reform. Physicians for Reproductive Health supports these efforts and this week’s action is to call Congress, amplify LCCR’s requests, and demand policy change.

PHONE CALL SCRIPT: 

I am a [physician/supporter with Physicians for Reproductive Health] from Representative _________'s district and now is the time for Congress to pass meaningful police reform legislation. We need Congress to protect Black communities from over policing, police brutality, misconduct, harassment, and the taking of lives of Black people with impunity. The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights sent a letter to Congress this week outlining steps like prohibiting chokeholds and similar excessive force, creating a federal standard on the use of force, ending racial profiling, prohibiting no-knock warrants, eliminating programs providing military level equipment to law enforcement, changing the intent requirements to hold law enforcement accountable for reckless policing, developing a national public database for police agencies, and ending the qualified immunity doctrine preventing police from being held legally accountable when they break the law. [As a physician] I recognize how systemic racism and police brutality are pressing public health issues and need to be addressed immediately. These racist policies have persisted far too long. I urge Representative _________ to take action.