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Hundreds of young adult advocates from all around the U.S. brought a clear and compelling message to Congress: Our country needs urgent action to end the crisis of systemic racism and militarization in policing.

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More than 500 advocates gathered online for Spring Lobby Weekend, March 20-22, 2021. We spent Saturday and Sunday hearing from powerful speakers about the crisis of police violence, discussing the stories we bring, practicing how to lobby, and learning from each other and experts about our policy ask: passing the meaningful reforms included in the Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280).

On Monday, we flooded Capitol Hill with that message, virtually visiting more than 140 congressional offices by phone and video!

If you haven’t already, remember to submit your lobby report back form to tell us how your visit went!

Highlights:

  • FCNL’s justice reform team, Jose Santos Woss and Kameryn Point, explained why there’s such an urgent need to pass the meaningful reforms in the  George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280), which would implement police reforms and standards nationwide. Watch their remarks.
  • Sen. Cory Booker (NJ), a co-author and lead sponsor of the Justice in Policing Act, broke down the importance of this legislation and thanked FCNL’s young adults for their advocacy. Watch his opening keynote speech.
  • Grace Green, a former Advocacy Corps organizer for FCNL now living in Seattle, shared her story about the police violence she witnessed at last summer’s protests. Watch her story.
  • Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37), a co-author and lead sponsor of the Justice in Policing Act in the House, told us that the work we are doing is how legislation becomes law and thanked our young advocates. Watch her remarks.
  • Connecting with new friends online from all over the country to lobby for change!

Speeches and Remarks

Welcome, Remarks from Sen. Cory Booker (NJ), and Lobby Keynote
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Rep. Karen Bass (CA-33)
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Rep. Jim Clyburn (SC-6), House Majority Whip
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Telling Your Story
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Lobby Role Play
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Future Dates

Save the Date for Spring Lobby Weekend 2022: March 12-15, 2022

 

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