- Criminal Justice
For some, gun violence looks like police violence
Organize against police militarization with Advocacy Corps
Military-style weapons don’t belong in our streets. Not in the hands of civilians who can wreak carnage at a high school with an assault rifle. But also not in the hands of police, who, armed with tanks and grenade launchers, can look and feel more like an occupying force than officers sworn to protect and serve.
Thanks to courageous young people speaking out and getting organized, our country is having a serious conversation about the unacceptable number of Americans who die each year from guns. While that conversation was sparked by a tragic school shooting, we can’t forget the hundreds of people, mostly young people of color, who are shot and killed by a police officer every year. Taking weapons of war out of the hands of police won’t solve the whole problem, but it’s an important piece of the puzzle.
That’s why we need your help. You can mobilize your community against police militarization by joining FCNL’s Advocacy Corps as a paid organizer. But you have to act soon – applications close Monday, April 9.
Advocacy Corps is a nine-month organizing fellowship for young adults between the ages of 19-30. The program runs from August 2018 to May 2019, and organizers are paid $3000 to mobilize their community to speak out against the militarization of police.
If the last few weeks have proven anything to me, it’s that our generation has incredible power to effect change. Just look at the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and other young adults who are organizing the movement against gun violence. You can help ensure that this a movement that also represents the millions of Americans for whom gun violence feels just as likely to come from police as from a mass shooter.
We’re looking for creative, passionate people to become Advocacy Corps organizers. You’ll spend 10 days in Washington during the summer (all expenses paid) and then work 25 to 35 hours a month back on your college campus or in your community to mobilize people to engage with Congress on this issue. If this sounds like an exciting and meaningful opportunity, I hope I’ll see your application before the deadline on Monday, April 9.