An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Defend Our Rights

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This past week has highlighted the deep, systematic issues that affect people of color. First and foremost, I am urging Congress to pass legislation to keep police officers more accountable for their actions and inaction. As of right now, only one of the four police officers involved in the murder of George Floyd has been arrested. I do not understand how anyone could stand and watch as someone’s life was being taken from them. Moreover, George Floyd was not the first unarmed black man to be killed unjustly by the police. Countless individuals have had their lives cut short by police officers who knew they could take someone’s life and face zero consequences. Also, I am asking the members of Congress to take immediate action by banning the use of tear gas on Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. Tear gas is a weapon banned by multiple international treaties, so why are police departments using it on American citizens? Finally, I am asking Congress to hold the Executive Branch accountable and do whatever power is vested in the Legislative Branch to stop President Trump from using the National Guard to attack or harass peaceful protesters. States shouldn’t have to recall their National Guard troops who are serving their communities throughout this pandemic in order for Trump to serve his ego and take a picture across the street. Ultimately, I am asking you to uphold your oath to the American people by defending our civil liberties and rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These inalienable rights have been denied to countless Americans in the past and are being denied right now. Please, be the session of Congress that ends this issue for good; if not, we will elect people who will.

First sent on June 3, 2020 by Yes

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