Civil rights

Civil rights organizations respond to congressional failure to reform police


Contact: Janessa Sambola-Harris, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights,
[email protected]
Lacy Crawford, Civil Rights Under the Law Advocates Committee [email protected]
Angelo Greco, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation [email protected], (917) 499-2688
Niambé Tomlinson, National Urban League, [email protected], (202) 629-5750
Avery Rose Royster, National Action Network, [email protected], (203) 668-7509
Marc Banks, NAACP, [email protected], (410) 580-5701
Phoebe Plagens, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, [email protected], (212) 965-2200

WASHINGTONLeading civil rights organizations issued the following joint statement after bipartisan negotiations over the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act ended:

“It is absolutely unacceptable that more than a year after the death of George Floyd and that millions of people have taken to the streets around the world to demand an end to police brutality and the systemic criminalization of black and brown communities, Congressional leaders have failed to come up with meaningful legislation that would begin to address this country’s long history of violent and discriminatory policing. The determination and commitment of Senator Cory Booker and Congresswoman Karen Bass to work across the aisle to achieve consensus on this critical civil rights legislation is greatly appreciated.

“In the 2020 elections, voters came in record numbers to support candidates who pledged significant police responsibility. We urge leaders at all levels of government, especially the 117th Congress and the Biden administration, to find ways to advance policy measures that will hold law enforcement accountable and transform police practices and policies. . We will continue to fight and advocate for legislation worthy of George Floyd’s name. This must include measures to end qualified immunity; prohibit racial profiling; strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Justice to bring criminal civil rights actions against officers; create a national police misconduct complaint registry; end the transfer of military-grade equipment to national and local law enforcement agencies; and restrict funds to law enforcement agencies that do not prohibit the use of chokes and other restrictive maneuvers.

TTo face this moment, we demand transformative change that will keep our families and communities safe and end the systemic racism that permeates our criminal justice system.

This declaration has been signed by the following organizations:
Wade Henderson, Interim President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Damon Hewitt, Chairman and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, National Association for the Advancement of People of Color

Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Managing Advisor, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF)

Reverend Al Sharpton, President and Founder, National Action Network

Melanie Campbell, President and CEO, The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, The Black Women‘s Roundtable

Johnetta Betsch Cole, National President and President, National Council of Black Women

Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law – The Advocates Committee for Civil Rights Under the Act (Advocates Committee), a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in law enforcement. provision of legal services to combat racial discrimination. The main mission of the Committee of Advocates for Civil Rights under the Law is to ensure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, in particular in the areas of the right to vote, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes. For more information, please visit

The Leaders’ Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition tasked by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all people in the United States. The Leadership Conference works for an America that lives up to its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit

Founded in 1909 in response to continued violence against blacks across the country, the NAACP is the largest and most important civil rights organization in the country. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the country, as well as over 2 million activists. Our mission is to ensure equal political, educational, social and economic rights in order to eliminate discrimination based on race and to ensure the health and well-being of all people. In Media Assignments, please call us NAACP.

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund, also known as NAACP-LDF, was founded in 1940 as part of the NAACP, but split in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the leading national civil law and human rights organization and shares our commitment to equal rights.

Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the leading national civil law and human rights organization. LDF has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957, although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multidisciplinary and collaborative center within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF. Follow LDF on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

National Action Network (RAN) is one of the nation’s premier civil rights organizations, with chapters across the United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works in the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights plan that includes the struggle for a standard of justice, decency and equality opportunities for all, regardless of race, religion, nationality or sex.

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one of the country’s most active civil rights and social justice organizations “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic empowerment and voters in black America.” The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the empowerment and empowerment of women and girls arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of advocating for fair and equitable public policy on behalf of black women, BWR promotes their health and well-being, economic security and prosperity, education, and global empowerment as women. key elements of success.

National Council of Black Women, Inc. (NCNW) is a Washington, DC-based charity making a difference in the lives of women, children and families through a four-pronged strategy that emphasizes entrepreneurship, health equity, education STEAM and civic engagement. Founded 85 years ago, NCNW has 300 community and university chapters and thirty-two national affiliates representing over two million women and men. NCNW’s programs are built on a foundation of critical concerns known as Four for the Future. NCNW promotes education with particular emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics; encourages entrepreneurship, financial literacy and economic stability; educates women about good health and HIV / AIDS; promotes civic engagement and advocates for healthy public policies and social justice. NCNW is known for its work in educating college-aged women about HIV / AIDS and for producing Black Family Reunion. Current programs include GirlTech, HBCU College Fair, Millennial Entrepreneurs, and Adulting 101. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Ph.D., is the National President and seventh President of NCNW. NCNW campaigned for clean water for Flint, MI, voting rights and SNAP benefits. For more information, please visit or NCNW’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Where LinkedIn.

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment to raise living standards in historically underserved urban communities. The National Urban League leads the efforts of its 90 local affiliates through program development, public policy research and advocacy, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of over 2 million people each. year across the country. Visit and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @NatUrbanLeague and @NULPolicy.