Government should fight racism, not enable it
JUFJ works toward racial equity in DC in many ways. Along with several other organizations, we are part of the DC Initiative on Racial Equity and Local Government. We are also part of the CCOPS coalition, which pushes for Community Control Over Police Surveillance.
The DC Initiative on Racial Equity and Local Government
Undoing centuries of segregation, discrimination, and structural racism takes intentional acts and collective will from all sectors of our society. Progressive policy solutions should break down barriers instead of perpetuating disparities.
This Initiative seeks to raise awareness about how DC government can advance racial equity in partnership with community members, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and businesses. We support and adapt lessons from specific DC agencies and other cities and counties across the country which use a racial equity lens in their work.
We are promoting a Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA) process for DC government. A REIA can evaluate policies, regulations, programs, budgets, and decision-making processes for their potential adverse impact on people of color to avoid furthering structural inequities.
Right now, our legislative effort is around the Racial Equity Achieves Results Amendment Act of 2019 (REAR Act). Authored by Councilmember McDuffie (Ward 5), this racial equity bill is an important step in the right direction for making DC’s programs and agencies more racially equitable. It also can and should be more comprehensive.
Community Oversight of Surveillance in DC (COS-DC)
DC residents have the right to know whether, how, and with what tools we are being surveilled by the District government. We should have a meaningful say as to whether, what, and how surveillance technology is acquired and used in the District.
The COS-DC Coalition works to pass local community control over police surveillance legislation; achieve transparency, oversight, and community control over how DC agencies fund, acquire, and use surveillance technology; create public awareness and dialogue about the civil rights and civil liberties consequences of secret and unchecked government surveillance; and end surveillance targeting overpoliced communities, including low-income communities, Black and Brown communities, Muslim communities, immigrant communities, and activist groups.