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The protests calling for major changes to policing aren’t dominating the headlines anymore, but this issue is far from resolved. Congress must take decisive action to address our deeply racist criminal justice system. Use this template to write a letter-to-the-editor in your local paper!

Dear Editorial Board,

In late May, George Floyd was murdered on camera by police in Minneapolis. It took just under nine minutes. The protests, vigils, and rallies have not stopped since.

But Congress has. While the House passed the Justice in Policing Act, the Senate is knee-deep in its all-too-typical legislative paralysis. The lives of Black men and women that were lost should have sparked action from the upper chamber, not more partisan rancor. But perhaps we expect too much from our elected leaders.

While no single bill or reform, no matter how well-intentioned, can undo centuries of institutional racism and abuse, they are important first steps. Policing reform did not come fast enough for Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and far too many others. But if we act now and act decisively, we won’t have new names for the list – in (insert your state and/or city here) or nationwide.

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