We Will Continue to Fight for You, Breonna
By Advancement Project National Office
Breonna Taylor’s name and face have been shared around the world. Her murder by Louisville Metro Police in 2020 sparked a rallying cry for racial justice online, in protests, in courtrooms and in our homes. Her story is both unlike any other and a reminder of the countless community members we’ve lost from police and political violence. Today is the anniversary of when she was taken, and her presence continues to live through her family, her legacy, and the millions of lives she’s touched.
In June 2020, Advancement Project National Office hosted a town hall centering Breonna Taylor’s life with her family, activists from Black Lives Matter-Louisville, and celebrities—all uplifting their love for her and continuing the conversation about how we protect Black women. Here, Breonna Taylor’s Aunt Bianca Austin, described her as “full of life…the one that brought everyone together.” This is how we will continue to remember her. We will fight for her memory, fight for justice, and are grateful the gift of life she’s given to so many of us.
Together, we called for the end of no-knock warrants and released a petition that rallied over 1,000 individuals to take action on the following demands:
- Defund the police
- Require #PoliceFreeSchools
- End qualified immunity
- Ensure elected officials refuse and return police union donations
- End 287 (g) programs
- Provide reparations for state violence against communities of color
We vowed then to collectively continue to make these demands, and we will not stop until they are met.
Here's what you can do:
- Sign and share our petition to #DefundPolice
- Watch #SayHerName: A Town Hall for Breonna Taylor
- Visit investdivest.org for resources on how to invest in Black and Brown communities and divest from police
- Watch our town hall "The Power of Prosecutors: Know Before You Vote," and share our infographic
- Read "What Voters Need to Know About Sheriffs" and share our infographic
We know that there is no such thing as police accountability when this country’s legal system is set up to protect and legitimize even the most violent, predatory, and racist acts of the police. Advancement Project National Office vows to continue working with organizers and activists to defund not only the Louisville Metro Police Department, but also police departments nationwide, in order to place us all on a path toward building a world that is #freeandsafe for people of color.