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From: domainremoved <Aram>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 20:12:37 -0800

> Dear Aram
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> Today, the Department of Justice (DOJ) failed to indict Officer Darren Wilson for racially profiling and brutally killing Michael Brown.1 While the DOJ found Ferguson and St. Louis police guilty of widespread abuse, racial profiling, and brutal misconduct, it's not enough.
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> Darren Wilson should have been indicted and made to see a day in court for his brutal action. After all, a young man was killed for being Black. The DOJ's failure to do so highlights deep-seated structural problems that must be fixed in order to keep our families safe.2 And the reality is Ferguson is America and President Obama must be held accountable. He must do everything in his power — more than speeches and commissions — to stop unjust killings by police, increase police accountability, and expand community control over policing nationwide.
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> Tragic and unjust police killings of Black and brown people are happening almost every week nationwide. Will you email the White House directly and urge Pres. Obama to sign an executive order enforcing and expanding federal bans on discriminatory policing and strengthening police accountability mechanisms nationwide?
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> After Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson brutally killed Michael Brown, the ColorOfChange community and our allies delivered more than 950,000 signatures to the White House demanding a federal indictment of Officer Wilson and a complete overhaul of the Ferguson and St. Louis police departments.3 Michael Brown's death shook the nation — and for Black folks it was all too familiar pain. Law enforcement kill Black Americans at nearly the same rate as Jim Crow lynchings.4 And when they don't kill us, police disproportionately stop, ticket, arrest, and incarcerate Black folks at gravely inhumane rates.5
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> Michael Brown was killed by the same corruption and vile racism that makes the St. Louis area one of the most hostile areas for Black Missourians. From 2011- 2013, Black people were only 67% of Ferguson residents, but 86% of police stops, 92% of searches by police, and 95% of those arrested for improper "manner of walking on the road."6 Even though white residents were the most likely to be found with contraband.7 There is a new lawsuit shines a glaring light on St. Louis' "debtors jails," where poor Black folks are excessively ticketed for minor offenses, arrested, and unjustly imprisoned if they cannot afford bail.8
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> The media and political leaders are expecting our growing movement to simply fade away. Join us in proving them wrong by increasing pressure on President Obama to fulfill his responsibility to help end discriminatory police violence.
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> There is no doubt we are at a different place as a nation than we were 6 months ago. The DOJ's findings on the racial discrimination and abuse of St. Louis and Ferguson law enforcement is a direct result of the growing new civil rights movement led by Black folks nationwide who are risking life and liberty to secure an end to discriminatory policing. Black resistance is power. And across the country, people of all colors are rising up to create a country where Black lives are valued, police treat all communities with respect, and militarized policing isn't funded over education and social services.
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> In the past, presidents have used executive orders to implement much needed civil rights protections.9 And President Obama himself has passed a number of executive orders to address inhumane deportations that continue to unjustly rip immigrant families apart.10 Now, it is more critical than ever that President Obama — elected by the power of Black voters — intervene in the corruption, violence and racial prejudice infecting police departments across the country.
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> In just the past 5 weeks, at least 5 people have been killed or gravely injured by police:
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> 1/26/15 — Jessie Hernandez, 17-years-old, fatally shot 18 times by Denver police while sitting in a car.11
> 2/4/2015 — Yuvette Henderson, 38-years-old, mother of two, fatally shot 7 times by Emervyille police.12
> 2/6/2015 — Sureshbhai Patel, 57-years-old, Indian grandfather, partially paralyzed by Madison police after a neighbor mistook him for a "skinny black man."13
> 2/10/15 — Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35-years-old, fatally shot 12 times by Pasco police with his hands in the air.13
> 3/1/15 — Africa, a man living on Skid Row in Los Angeles was fatally shot at least 5 times by Los Angeles police14
> Join us in leveraging the injustice of today's DOJ decision to secure further structural changes to policing nationwide. Urge Pres. Obama to sign an executive order today. Once you do, help increase our impact by asking your friends and family to do the same.
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> Thanks and peace,
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> — Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Lyla, Jamar and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
> March 5th, 2015
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> Help support our work. ColorOfChange.org is powered by YOU—your energy and dollars. We take no money from lobbyists or large corporations that don't share our values, and our tiny staff ensures your contributions go a long way.
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> References
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> 1. "Justice Department Announces Findings of Two Civil Rights Investigations in Ferguson, Missouri," Department of Justice 03-04-2015
> http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4645?t=7&akid=4184.1456029.G6BoZ8
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> 2. "Why It’s Impossible to Indict a Cop" The Nation 11-24-2014
> http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4609?t=9&akid=4184.1456029.G6BoZ8
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> 3. "More than 950,000 Signatures Delivered to White House Calling for Justice for Michael Brown and an End to Nationwide Crisis of Police Violence," ColorOfChange 08-28-2014
> http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3993?t=11&akid=4184.1456029.G6BoZ8
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> 4. "Mike Brown’s shooting and Jim Crow lynchings have too much in common. It’s time for America to own up," The Guardian 08-25-14
> http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3985?t=13&akid=4184.1456029.G6BoZ8
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> 5. "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," Michelle Alexander 2010
> http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4594?t=15&akid=4184.1456029.G6BoZ8
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> 6. "DOJ Finds Ferguson Police Routinely Discriminate" Huffington Post, 03-03-2015
> http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4643?t=17&akid=4184.1456029.G6BoZ8
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> 7. See reference 6.
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> 8. "Ferguson Residents Challenge "Modern Debtors’ Prison Scheme" Targeting Blacks with Fines, Arrests," Democracy Now! 2-10-15
> http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4595?t=19&akid=4184.1456029.G6BoZ8
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> 9. "Desegregation of the Armed Forces" Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
> http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4596?t=21&akid=4184.1456029.G6BoZ8
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> 10. "Everything You Need To Know About Obama’s Executive Action," ThinkProgress 11-24-2014
> http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4597?t=23&akid=4184.1456029.G6BoZ8
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> 11. "Investigate Denver Police Department for the Shooting Death of Jessie Hernandez!" Presente.org
> http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4598?t=25&akid=4184.1456029.G6BoZ8
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> 12. "Anti Police-Terror Project Statement on The Emeryville Police Department's Killing of Yuvette Henderson" Anti-Police Terror Project 2-10-2015
> http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4599?t=27&akid=4184.1456029.G6BoZ8
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> 13. "Alabama police officer arrested after Indian grandfather left partially paralyzed," Washington Post 1-12-2015
> http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4600?t=29&akid=4184.1456029.G6BoZ8
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> 14. "Police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Washington state could be the next Ferguson," Vox 2-26-2015
> http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4646?t=31&akid=4184.1456029.G6BoZ8
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> ColorOfChange is building a movement to elevate the voices of Black folks and our allies, and win real social and political change. Help keep our movement strong.
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Received on Wed Mar 04 2015 - 20:07:34 PST

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