Two upcoming meetings with the Racism & Criminal Justice Reform Committee

The Racism & Criminal Justice Reform Committee, working together with people from several other community groups including the Berkeley NAACP, has 2 upcoming meetings:
TUESDAY, Aug. 20th, 7:00-9:00 p.m., 1301 Walnut St., North Berkeley–regular meeting
SUNDAY, Sept. 15th, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sports Basement (formerly Iceland), 2727 Milvia St., South Berkeley–special large meeting to launch a broad community campaign to get a charter amendment for a stronger police review commission in Berkeley on the 2020 ballot.

Phase 1 of our ongoing campaign:
-Recruit more people, from different sectors of the community, to get involved with this issue.
-Educate the public about the need for a stronger police review function in Berkeley, especially given the continuing racial disparities in policing.
-Build public pressure on the Mayor and City Council to put the charter amendment (Arreguin/Harrison version, which is currently under consideration) on the 2020 ballot. The vote on this could come as early as September.

If you are a Berkeley resident, please call the Mayor and your City Council member to ask that they proceed with placing the Berkeley Police Commission Amendment on the November 2020 ballot. For contact information, see: https://www.cityofberkeley.info/electedofficials/. Hope you will join us at these upcoming meetings.

For more info (including a flyer and a background info sheet) and/or to be added to our email list for occasional updates on this campaign, contact Berkeleyans for Safe Communities at: racialandcriminaljustice@wellstoneclub.orgmailto:racialandcriminaljustice@wellstoneclub.org

P.S. Mayor Arreguin has promised to convene, shortly, a broad-based Task Force to develop an (overdue!) action plan for addressing the racial disparities in police stops and related issues. Members of our group are gathering suggestions to him about people from the community to appoint. Public pressure will be necessary to keep the momentum going, so please refer to this matter too when you call the Mayor’s office.