Today on November 17 starting at 9:00am PT/12:00pm ET, Black Lives Matter (BLM) will join Color of Change, Essie Justice Group, Movement 4 Black Lives, and Civil Rights Corps to host the People’s Response Act Day, which includes a series of events to raise awareness, discuss new visions for public safety, and garner support for the People’s Response Act (PRA) legislation.
Introduced by Congresswoman Cori Bush, the People’s Response Act emphasizes a holistic approach to the well-being of communities by placing a public safety division within the Department of Human Health and Services. The legislation has gained support from 20 co-sponsors and been endorsed by over 70 organizations.
“The People’s Response Act is the product of years of demands to protect Black lives going unaddressed,” said Angela Austin, Director of Operations and Policy, Black Lives Matter Grassroots. “Thank you to Congresswoman Cori Bush for hearing these requests and championing landmark federal legislation that will protect Black children and families. BLM is proud to stand alongside prominent civil rights organizations in support of a bill that will prioritize safety within a system that has failed to protect the Black community for far too long.”
In 2020, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many others shed light on the consistent failures of our current public safety model to protect Black lives and communities. From mental health crises to substance use, the current public safety system prioritizes retribution and criminalization in situations where care should and must be valued.
Growing into the largest racial and social justice movement in history, Black Lives Matter’s vision of Black liberation has resonated with communities across the country. Using this event to move us towards a transformative moment, Black Lives Matter supports the People’s Response Act and encourages organizations to co-sponsor the legislation. As Black Lives Matter continues to grow and push for an abolitionist approach to public safety, we are proud to support Congresswoman Cori Bush, a long-time activist for the safety of Black lives.
For more information on the People’s Response Act, go to peopleresponseact.com.