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The BREATHE Act would defund police - and fund environmental justice

Posted On: 10 Jul 2020   |   Posted By: Grist

As the U.S. enters another month of sustained protests against anti-Black racism and police brutality, organizers are working to turn the protests' energy into legislative action. This week the Movement for Black Lives , a nationwide coalition of Black organizations formed in December 2014, released a summary of a new legislative proposal that aims to defund police police forces around the country and give funding and support to Black communities looking to create their own models of public safety. They're calling it the BREATHE Act .
“We crafted this bill to be big,” said Gina Clayton Johnson, the executive director of Essie Justice Group and one of the act's creators, during a virtual announcement event reported by New York Magazine's The Cut. “We know the solution has to be as big as the 400-year-old problem itself.”
The proposal is divided into four sections that each address different approaches to sustainable public safety: The first two sections call for the divestment of federal resources from...

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