The People's Justice Principles

Regarding Indigenous People, People of Color, and “Others” (LGBTQ et al.)

It is our duty to fight for our freedom.

It is our duty to win.

We must love each other and support each other.

We have nothing to lose but our chains.

― Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography

  1. No institution* shall discriminate against or victimize any indigenous person, person of color, or “other.”
  2. Institutions shall be adapted, reformed, or eliminated as needed to enact the first principle.
  3. Secular and spiritual education, edification, and training shall have the explicit goals of diversity awareness, appreciation, and inclusion.

 

*An “institution” may be an economic system, a unit of governance, a non-governmental organization (NGO), a set of laws, or a cultural norm (i.e., “the institution of marriage”).

If you agree with these three principles, please add your name:

More specifically, our demands regarding police forces nationwide are as follows:
  1. Demilitarize police. A police force should bear no resemblance to an army.

  2. Ban all choke holds. If any officer is caught using a choke hold, they must fully be held accountable by the law.

  3. Ban all use of tear gas. A weapon banned from use in war should not be deployed against our own citizens.

  4. Remove police from schools immediately.

  5. Enforce a zero-tolerance (no hire/immediate fire) policy for police who lie while on-duty or who commit acts of violence on- or off-duty.

  6. Fully check officer backgrounds for evidence of “other” bias and fully investigate any complaints.

  7. Any police officer fired as a result of an infraction cannot be hired as an officer of the law anywhere.

  8. Each police precinct must have a community review board. This community review board must be elected by the community and will have authority to oversee police involved incidents. Their recommendations must be given full weight in the decision-making process.

  9. At least 7% of police precinct funding must go to community relationship building. There should be a committee formed to decide where these resources are invested.

  10. Investigate defunding police forces and funding neighborhood-centered alternatives.

  11. Police should be recruited from and represent the neighborhoods served.

Furthermore, we fully support the Movement For Black Lives Policy Platform, the Poor People's Campaign Demands on Systemic Racism, and President Barack Obama's Commit to ActionPlease review and add your names to their pledges as well.

About Us

Vision

To create a just world one corner at a time – a world that is equitable and sustainable, with a just economy, that is harmonious with people, planet and profit.

Mission

Engage and equip communities  with tools to fight for justice. Alabama is the launching point for our work and initiatives.

Contact Us

The People's Justice Council

1500 Daniel Payne Center

Birmingham, AL 35214

678-913-7477

info@thepeoplesjusticecouncil.org

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