Racial and Criminal Justice Committee

Our committee meets jointly with activists from several other progressive organizations that also work on issues of racial justice and criminal justice reform (including Indivisible Berkeley, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Berkeley chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and more). We focus mainly on the local level but to some extent on the state, and federal levels. These meetings are a great way to keep informed about developments, strategies, and actions in this whole arena, and you can participate further in particular campaigns and actions to the degree you choose. Newcomers are welcome.

Our current activism centers mainly on policing and racism in Berkeley [vote YES on the Police Accountability ballot measure in November], but members also are active on issues concerning the Oakland police and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. We support the movement against mass incarceration and the urgent demands to decarcerate jails and prisons given the COVID-19 crisis.

We usually meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, but check this website to confirm the dates and locations. Mainly we have been meeting in private residences in North Berkeley, but we are seeking meeting places more convenient for those in Oakland/South Berkeley. If anyone has a suggestion for such a location, please pass it along.

We have been meeting remotely by Zoom on most Thursday evenings. For further information on our meetings and activities or to be added to our email list, contact Rivka Polatnick, Committee Representative.

Family of Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by BART Police in 2009

Berkeley Police Review Committee