RACIAL EQUITY AND POLICING

Montgomery County

America’s history of racial inequality continues to haunt us. Many of the issues we face today are shadowed by an underlying narrative of racial difference and bias that compromise our progress.  Our nation, now more than ever, is in desperate need of truth and recovery. That process is sequential: we must first tell the truth about our past before we can overcome it.

 

Bryan Stevenson, Director, the Equal Justice Initiative

To confront racism in our own community, we must begin with education — about white supremacy, white privilege, and the history of racism in Montgomery County. To that end, JUFJ co-sponsors educational programming on equity issues, including discussion groups, workshops, and film screenings.

We believe that education must lead to action to change the systems built on racism and white supremacy here in Montgomery County. In the last ten years, police in Montgomery County have killed five young Black men: we remember the names of Emmanuel Okutuga, Peter Njang, Robert White, Finan Berhe, and Kwamena Ocran z”l. JUFJ is a member organization of multiple coalitions working to hold police accountable for these continued killings and advocating for changes in police policies and practices that harm people of color in our communities.

Want to learn more about the coalitions working to reimagine the public safety in Montgomery County? Head to our partners’ websites to learn about the Silver Spring Justice Coalition and the Montgomery County Defund Policing and Invest in Communities Coalition. In addition, we are a member of the Montgomery County Racial Equity (MORE) Network, which advocates for using an equity lens in all County decision making and is working to hold County leadership accountable to the Racial Equity and Social Justice legislation  passed in 2019.

To get involved in these efforts, join us for our next monthly Racial Equity and Policing meeting, attend a virtual watch party, or email devorah@jufj.org to learn more.

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