One step in dismantling structural racism

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Dear Friends,

This week, Future Now convened state lawmakers from across the country for a critical conversation on how lawmakers can address police reform in their states as one step in dismantling structural racism. We were joined by experts, Dr. Tracie Keesee of the Center for Policing Equity and Sam Sinyangwe of Campaign Zero and Mapping Police Violence, as well as leading lawmakers, Senator Nikema Williams of Georgia, Delegate Josh Cole of Virginia, and Representative Garnet Coleman of Texas who sponsored his state’s Sandra Bland Act. We’re grateful to share with you the experiences, actions, and policy solutions from black leaders on the front lines of state policy change. Hear from Senator Nikema Williams and Delegate Josh Cole as they recount their experiences from the past week. And listen to the full call here.

“I haven’t been out protesting, I’ve been out listening, I’ve been one of the only legislators out amongst the people just hearing what they have to say. I’ve coined a phrase, I’ve told the young people, I don’t protest with you all, because the way I protest is by writing legislation — so I’m out listening to hear what they’re saying.”
“I was out at a polling location at 12:30am and someone called the police on me and another State Rep. and a group of voter protection volunteers, seven police cars arrived last night at this polling location and said we needed to leave…it’s things like that, the over-policing of our very being that we’re hearing and we’re seeing all over this country.”

You can listen to the full call here. You can also learn about the bills that Future Now has developed to help promote equal opportunity for all and to begin to dismantle structural racism through state policy. 



Simone Leiro
Director of Communications and Marketing 
Future Now & Future Now Fund 

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