Racial Justice Candidate Pledge

All candidates for local, state and Congressional offices seeking endorsement pledge the following:

  1. I affirm that Black Lives Matter.

  2. I commit that I will not accept money from law enforcement unions or affiliated groups.

  3. I disavow independent expenditures by law enforcement unions or affiliated groups in support of my candidacy.

  4. I commit to working to tear down systemic racism and invest in communities that have been harmed and continue to be harmed by racism and violence.

  5. If running for a local and or county-level elected office, I commit to facilitating a public community roundtable between law enforcement leadership and local community-based and identity-based organizations in my city or district within 6 months of assuming office.

  6. I commit to advocating for the demilitarization of the police and the diversion of funding away from police departments to programs that invest in health care, jobs, education and other services and resources for communities of color.

  7. If running for a state or federal elected office, I commit to supporting legislation seeking reparations for the impact of slavery, Jim Crow and systemic inequalities on Black Americans.

  8. I commit to advocating for all law enforcement agencies under my purview to be subject to oversight by a robust and independent Civilian Oversight Commission that will investigate police use of force, and issue regular findings and reports on police involved shootings and other incidents. These bodies should have subpoena power and full investigatory powers.

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