Action Alert: Ask the US Senate to Pass HR 1280 "The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021"
The United States House recently passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021. The bill, HR 1280, is designed to hold Police accountable for their actions, improve data collection and reform Police training and policies to ensure that Police are responsible in their use of force. HR 1280 is now under consideration by the United States Senate. The NAACP of Bucks County supports this bill and urges our Pennsylvania Senators to pass HR 1280 and advance it to the President to be signed into law.
Please contact Senator Pat Toomey. Ask him to listen to the voices of his constituents who are unduly burdened by the actions of Law Enforcement and to support the comprehensive Police reform in HR 1280.
We have provided a sample phone script and email/letter below.
You can contact Senator Pat Toomey online through this link or by calling or writing to his Capitol office:
320 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Please contact Senator Bob Casey and thank him for his strong support of HR 1280 and his continued advocacy on its behalf.
You can contact Senator Bob Casey online through this link or by calling or writing to his Capitol office:
200 North Third Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
About This Bill: HR 1280
George Floyd and Eric Garner both died due to asphyxiation brought about by sustained pressure on the neck by Law Enforcement Officers. Chokeholds are not a safe or appropriate tool for Law Enforcement in the course of their daily duties.
The use of no-knock warrants allows Police Officers to enter the premises without knocking or announcing their presence. This type of warrant poses a harm to both the occupants and the officers as we saw in the death of Breonna Taylor.
When bad things happen, Police are often granted qualified immunity, which leaves victims of egregious behavior without legal remedy. Many times, Officers who violate policies, who knowingly break the law or are just plain incompetent can be fired from their position in one Police Department only to be hired in another without question as we saw following the murder of Terrence Crutcher.
We need common sense legislation to protect the lives of all citizens. We need uniform Police policies, uniform Police practices, and data collection to identify trends and areas that need improvement. But most importantly we need HR 1280 to be passed into law.
HR 1280 addresses a wide range of policing actions and lays the framework for Law Enforcement accountability. The bill will:
• Restrict the use of chokeholds and unnecessary use of force
• Ban the use of no-knock warrants
• Enhance data collection
• Limit qualified immunity
• Establish policy and Police training requirements
• Limit racial profiling
• Create a national Police registry
• Direct the DOJ to create national accreditation standards for all Police Departments to follow
What to ask Senator Pat Toomey
Here is a sample script if you call his office:
My name is [YOUR NAME] and I live in [YOUR TOWN].
I am calling to ask Senator Toomey to listen to his constituents who are unduly burdened by the actions of Law Enforcement and support comprehensive police reform. I am asking for Senator Toomey to vote YES on HR 1280 because everyone should feel safe and protected by the Police. All Law Enforcement agencies should ban the use of chokeholds, ban the use of no-knock warrants, develop uniform policies and procedures, and promote transparency through the reporting of trends on the use of force. This bill has already passed in the House, and now we need a vote in the Senate so that this bill can become law.
Here is a sample email or letter to Senator Toomey. You can use this as is or write a letter in your own words.
Dear Senator Toomey,
I am writing to ask you to vote YES to support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 and support comprehensive police reform. Everyone should feel safe and protected by law enforcement. This bill already passed in the House and is an important step to ban practices that have led to the unnecessary and avoidable deaths of many. The bill will also ensure that Police are responsible in their use of force and hold them accountable if they are not.
HR 1280 bans the use of chokeholds, bans the use of no-knock warrants, promotes the development of uniform policies and procedures, and promotes transparency through the reporting of trends on the use of force. Accurate and complete information is essential to understanding Police use of force in Pennsylvania and across the nation.
Please help build a nation in which we all feel safe and protected by law enforcement and vote YES on HB 1280.
YOUR PHONE NUMBER
Thanks so much for taking action to help ensure everyone feels safe and protected by law enforcement!
Stop PA Judicial Gerrymandering - Say NO to H.B. 38
H.B. 38 takes away the power of Bucks voters by changing the way judges are elected to Pennsylvania appellate courts. Rather than the state-wide elections we have today, state appellate judges - who make decisions for our entire state - would be elected in regional districts drawn by lawmakers. If H.B. 38 passes, it will go to voters as a referendum for a constitutional amendment.
Today we vote for all these judges. If this bill and constitutional amendment pass, it will take away our ability to vote on 90% of the judges. Legislators will be able to rig judicial districts to protect their party and to influence judges to rule in the interests of their party. The power of larger communities with more people of color will be reduced.
H.B. 38 is being rushed through now by leaders for partisan purposes and the vote is expected to be close. Votes will be happening in the PA Senate and House by early February. Bucks County legislators are absolutely essential to stopping this power grab.
As Bucks County voters, we can make a real difference! Take action today to make your voice heard.
Click here to email your legislators and urge them to vote "NO"
Click here if you prefer to call to find your legislators and their office phone numbers
For more information on gerrymandering, visit Fair Districts PA.
Bucks Rep. Craig Staats Asks PA Members of Congress to Overturn Will of the People
On Dec. 4th, a number of GOP state Representatives and Senators wrote a letter to the PA congressional delegation asking them to reject the Electoral College votes from PA, overturning the vote and denying the Biden/Harris ticket the state’s 20 Electoral College votes. Representative Craig Staats, who represents the Quakertown/Perkasie area (State House district 145), was the sole Bucks County representative to sign the letter.
Are you represented by Rep. Staats? Write to say how disappointed you are that he wanted to throw out your vote here: https://www.pahouseformcenter.com/367/RepCraigStaats/SecureContact