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Policing and Criminalization

Advancement Project's Justice Project supports grassroots movements in communities of color that challenge racial criminalization and call for genuine police accountability.

Recent uprisings in American cities like St. Louis, Baltimore, and Baton Rouge, reawakened a centuries-old struggle to free Black and Brown communities from oppressive and discriminatory law enforcement.

These pivotal moments generated a new wave of movement resistance until policing practices and the entire criminal justice system are reformed. Yet, while systemic reform has gained broader and more mainstream support in the wake of events like #Ferguson, a new federal administration still seeks to turn back the clock and fortify the police state in communities of color.

The Advancement Project’s Justice Project supports grassroots movements in communities of color that challenge racial criminalization and call for genuine police accountability.

The Justice Project provides short- and long-term support to local campaigns seeking not simply to reform, but to wholly dismantle systems that over-criminalize and over-incarcerate people of color in the name of “law and order.” We aim to help impacted communities define the terms and control the means by which peace is realized in their streets and neighborhoods, and to re-imagine for themselves how “safety” is pursued.

Letter to NFL Commissioner on Response to #TakeAKnee Protests

We stand in solidarity with NFL players who #TakeAKnee and join a coalition demanding a meeting with the commissioner to discuss the league's response to these protests.

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On civil rights, we must reimagine freedom after Trump

The year since the election has been challenging. But this moment also presents us with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reimagine and rebuild.

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Much Like the Unwarranted Suspension of Youth of Color, Jemele Hill’s ESPN Suspension is Another Example Racial Injustice

This two-week suspension is an effort to silence an African American who has a national platform, thousands of followers and a message that challenges the status quo. ESPN should be ashamed.

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Premeditated public execution of #AnthonyLamarSmith illustrates racist system

Every detail of this case has implications on how people of color are disregarded, what our judicial system is turning into, and what over policing is doing to our communities.

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Statement on White Extremist Rally and Terrorist Attack

Trump has encouraged violence against protestors in his rallies, and today was an extension of that hatred.

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Advancement Project Statement on Verdict in Trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez

A police officer claiming to be in fear when encountering a Black person should not be enough to justify taking a life.

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DHS Raids Ignore Blatant Civil Rights Abuse and Fuels Hypercriminalization and Mass Incarceration

As President Obama prepares to leave office, he is solidifying his tarnished legacy when it comes to incarcerating families in need of safety.

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Racial Justice Groups Denounce Gov. Scott’s Power-Grab

Governor Scott joins a long, ugly history where Black people are told that their political participation doesn’t matter and can be voided.

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Latest Racist Killing Yet Another Fatal Reminder: Normalizing Racism Entails Deadly Risk

The rise of hate crimes like this one are countenanced because of the White supremacist views embraced across this country and by those in power.

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Racial Justice Groups Unite in Call for Solidarity

An attack on one is an attack on all, and we will meet this with resistance and affirmations of each other’s humanity.

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Enhanced Protections for Law Enforcement Officers without Comprehensive Accountability is an Attack on Black and Brown Communities

Trump and Sessions are painting a false picture of a nation riddled with violent crime in an effort to reverse every shred of progress that has been made.

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Video of North Carolina Police Officer’s Assault of Black Female Student Shows Why Cops Don’t Belong in Schools

Schools should be a safe place for learning and growth for all children. This can’t happen until officers are taken out of schools.

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