Abolition Can't Wait: A Teach-In with #8toAbolition

Join a conversation on June 25 with organizers from #8toAbolition about why abolishing the police and prison system can't wait. Hosted by Haymarket Books and organizers from #8toAbolition.

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Thank you Colorado legislators for passing the Law Enforcement Integrity Act

Law Enforcement Integrity Act Passes with Strong Bipartisan Support

The passage of SB217 includes:
• The end of qualified immunity
• Requires officers to intervene to stop excessive force
• Outlaws chokeholds + use of deadly force on someone fleeing police
• Decertifies bad officers
• Protects protesters from police tear gas and projectiles
• Mandates body cameras and makes police misconduct video publicly available
• Authorizes the AG to bring lawsuits to force bad police depts. to change
• Requires data collection and public reporting on policing
• A Public database to prevent rehiring of bad officers.

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Next steps to support of the Law Enforcement Accountability & Integrity Act (SB20-217)

SB20-217 passed out of the Senate! The community really did this --- by demanding police accountability, developing amendments to strengthen the bill and pushing legislators to stand up for this legislation. SB20-217 will be voted on in the House committee on State, Veterans and Military Affairs on June 10.

Now is the time to contact House State, Veterans and Military Affairs committee members and other key representatives!

Take Action

Contact your state legislators in support of the Law Enforcement Accountability & Integrity Act (SB20-217)

Community, we NEED your support right now to pass game-changing police accountability legislation in Colorado!

The recent wave of protests in Denver and across the country have created momentum for real, serious police accountability changes to be enacted, and SB20-217 - the Law Enforcement Accountability & Integrity Act - will make badly needed progress toward such changes in CO. The bill will have a final vote in the State Senate on June 9 and then will go to the House. Public comment will be heard on Wednesday, June 10. If you support police accountability, please help make sure this law passes!

Raise Your Voice

Sign the petition in support of SB217

Police officers are government officials who should be held accountable to the people they serve. Demand humane, equitable, and constitutional policing in Colorado communities. Contact your Senator and tell them to vote in support of The Law Enforcement Integrity and Accountability Act. By acting, you will bolster legislators who are champions for police accountability by letting them know they have your support, embolden those who may be nervous to speak up and sway those who are undecided.

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We encourage Denver folks to attend this forum hosted by the Denver Citizen Oversight Board, several faith leaders, and other community groups to have your voice heard in the beginning of a series of conversations about our collective vision for reimagining how we maintain public health & safety. (Hint: we think it should include abolishing the police.)
We share many others' skepticism about task forces like these, but we know and respect many of the conveners of this forum, we believe in community engagement even when skepticism is warranted, and as the saying goes, "if you're not at the table, you're probably on the menu." So we hope to see many people attending with a critical eye and an open mind. More info and the link to join available in this FB event: www.facebook.com/events/192402595525595/
Oh, and we fixed the digital flier, btw 😉
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Join Haymarket Books and organizers from #8toAbolition this afternoon for a conversation about why abolishing the police and prison system can't wait.

More info & registration: www.eventbrite.com/e/abolition-cant-wait-a-teach-in-with-8toabolition-tickets-110164625360
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Tomorrow morning, as a powerful marker of Juneteenth, Governor Polis will sign SB217 into law. This bill ensures some of the strongest police accountability measures in the nation, including an end to qualified immunity. We are grateful to the bill sponsors: Representatives Leslie Herod and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and Senators Leroy Garcia and Rhonda Fields,for their leadership and ability to build a bipartisan coalition to pass this bill.

Join us tomorrow (Friday, June 19th) at 9 AM either on Facebook Live on Representative Herod's page (@LeslieforColorado) or in person on the West Steps of the Capitol for the bill signing and press conference!

This bill was a response to the protests and long-standing calls for action from the community, and we see its passage as an important step. Until we get to abolition, there must be greater accountability for police #accountabilitypendingabolition

We call on our community to continue the momentum that folks have been working to build for generations to create safe and thriving communities without police and without prisons.
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