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The BREATHE Act is a modern-day civil-rights bill, and we fully intend to make it law. To support the bill, sign up to become a community co-sponsor and:
Spread the word—get a toolkit that helps you talk to others about the bill. Share the #BREATHEAct on social media, host a virtual teach-in, and get involved in many other ways.
Our vision is clear: We must answer the call of the streets and our ancestors. We must defund the police. Let’s get to work and make it happen.
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WHAT IS THE BREATHE ACT?
Imagine schools free of police and full of trained counselors and restorative-justice programs, where all our children are kept safe and their needs are met.
Imagine easy access to trained, trauma-informed interventionists who can be called on in domestic-violence situations and who are equipped to facilitate long-term safety, healing, and prevention.
Imagine 911 operators dispatching unarmed mental-health experts instead of police in situations involving behavioral health crises, and callers being allowed to request responders that connect to the gender identity of the person in crisis.
The BREATHE Act offers a radical reimagining of public safety, community care, and how we spend money as a society. We bring 4 simple ideas to the table:
- Divest federal resources from incarceration and policing.
- Invest in new, non-punitive, non-carceral approaches to community safety that lead states to shrink their criminal-legal systems and center the protection of Black lives—including Black mothers, Black trans people, and Black women.
- Allocate new money to build healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities.
- Hold political leaders to their promises and enhance the self-determination of all Black communities.
Uprisings around the country changed what was possible. What felt impossible two months ago is being accomplished now; what seems impossible today is doable tomorrow, and we will be the ones to make it happen. We are our ancestors’ wildest dreams.
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The BREATHE Act is the modern-day civil-rights bill that we deserve. Join us in defending Black lives. Join us on the right side of history.