J Street Supports Three New Pieces of Legislation to Confront Systemic Racism and Police Violence

Part of organizational commitment to advancing Jewish and democratic values of peace, justice, and equality at home and abroad

June 17, 2020

As part of our commitment to the fight for racial justice, J Street is proud to support three recently introduced pieces of congressional legislation designed to help confront and address the scourge of systemic racism and police violence in the United States.

The Justice in Policing Act (H.R.7120/S.3912), introduced in the House by Reps. Karen Bass and Jerry Nadler and in the Senate by Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, is a comprehensive reform of federal safeguards on policing. House Resolution 988, introduced by Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Karen Bass and Barbara Lee, condemns all acts of police brutality, racial profiling and excessive use of force and calls for the adoption of reforms and policies at all levels of government to end these injustices. House Concurrent Resolution 100, introduced by Rep. Lee, proposes the establishment of a “US Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation” in order to acknowledge the past history of America’s racial injustice and progress towards addressing persistent racial inequalities.

J Street’s work is dedicated to advancing our Jewish and democratic values of peace, justice, and equality, both at home and abroad. We take it as a sacred obligation to stand in coalition with communities of color under attack in this country. In the days ahead, we will urge lawmakers to support this vital legislation, and will do all that we can to aid the activists and elected officials who are leading the way towards desperately needed change.