1. Action Alert
  2. Criminal Justice

Tell Congress: Support Justice in Policing

By José Santos Woss, June 29, 2020

America needs police reform now! In partnership with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, we are calling on Congress to swiftly pass meaningful police reform legislation.

America needed police reform before November 22, 2014 when Tamir Rice was shot in his front yard while he was playing with a toy gun. America needed police reform before May 25, 2020 when George Floyd was killed when a police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. America needs police reform now.

The Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120/S.3912) recently passed in the House and is currently before the Senate. This bill would ban the use of choke holds, institute a national “necessary” use of force standard, end the militarization of civilian police departments, and implement other badly needed police reforms.

Write your senators and ask them to support this bill. Our lawmakers must take swift action in response to ongoing police killings and other violence against Black people across our country.

Legislative Ask America Needs Police Reform 

We call on Congress to swiftly pass meaningful police reform legislation.

Statement Racism and Whiteness 

Our hearts are broken as the fault lines of racism continue to be starkly exposed in the violence that ended the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and uncounted numbers of African Americans, not only in recent years but since Africans were first brought to this country as enslaved people.

José Santos Woss

  • Legislative Manager, Criminal Justice and Election Integrity

José is the Legislative Manager for Criminal Justice and Election Integrity. He leads FCNL’s work on criminal justice reform, election integrity, and policing. He helps to lead the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition, an alliance of more than 40 national faith groups advocating to end mass incarceration.