Over the last year, many have been seeking justice and answers for how to deal with police violence in America. There have been many forums and panels on the subject, where people have made many suggestions. Well now, thanks to Campaign Zero, there is a formal, large scale platform for these ideas to work towards change.
Campaign Zero is a website & campaign that compiles facts & carefully crafted solutions to the policing crisis in America. It not only provides statistics & data about police killings, it also offers comprehensive proposals for how to lessen them.
The campaign has been put together by prominent activists Johnetta Elzie, Deray McKesson, Sam Sinyangwe, & Brittany Packnett. They began with the newsletters & websites wetheprotesters.org & mappingpoliceviolence.org, both tools for keeping the public informed on The Movement. They have now taken it a step further, formalizing the protest rhetoric into an well-packaged site.
The major solutions proposed on Campaign Zero are ending broken windows policing or unnecessary police involvement in minor incidents, community oversight, limiting uses of force, independently investigating & prosecuting police involved killings, community representation, body cams/film the police, training, ending for profit policing, demilitarization of police, & fair police union contracts. Currently more than 1,000 people are killed by police annually. The majority of those involve incidents with unarmed people or unnecessary police involvement. Through changes in legislation on all levels & involvement from the community, the policies can be changed to curb this disturbingly high number.
Salute to Netta, Deray, Sam, & Brittany for putting this together! Here’s hoping that Campaign Zero can mark necessary change in the police state in this country. For more information go to joincampaignzero.org. No more hashtags & videos of horrible police encounters. Let us all incite change!