Social equity is one of the pillars of sustainability, and there is no environmental justice without racial justice. We believe that every person, regardless of the color of their skin, deserves to be treated fairly and with respect and dignity. Specifically, we believe there is a need for meaningful, immediate law enforcement reform to stop the use of excessive violence and killing of black people at the hands of the police. We support these five demands. We are committed to working together with our Longmont community to build an active populace that rises up against hate in all forms. To this end, we call upon our community to join us in taking one or more of the following actions:
- Contact your legislator to support the “Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity Act.” The bill includes a number of reforms, including mandating body cameras, requiring public reporting of stops, searches, forced entries and use of force, reigning in deadly force, and preventing the rehiring of corrupt officers. A link to the bill is here.
- Donate to the Colorado Freedom Fund: a revolving fund that pays ransom (posts money bond, pays cash bail) for people unable to afford the cost of buying their own freedom. They also work towards ending all cash bail in our state.
- Support the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition: an organization working to eliminate the overuse of the criminal justice system and advance community health and safety.