Police violence is not inevitable. Together we can change it

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Yesterday was the funeral for Daunte Wright. It was a somber reminder that, despite the conviction of Derek Chauvin, the conditions that allow for police violence is still in place. It was a reminder of just how urgently we must transform our systems of public safety.

That’s why we joined our partners at ISAIAH, and over 40 other organizations and businesses, calling for our state legislature to pass police accountability measures immediately. While these bills are not sufficient to fully transform public safety, they represent another fiercely urgent step forward on that path.

The cycle of police violence is not inevitable. Together, we can change it. We get to imagine and build what public safety looks like. We get to have a state where we are all safe no matter what language we speak, where we come from, or what we look like.

Our community safety organizer Enzi Tanner is leading that work in our community. This week he was profiled in the local, national and even international Jewish outlets. I'd like to take a quote of his from one of those interviews to serve as a kavanah, or intention, as we enter Shabbat and continue the long term fight for justice:

How can we imagine new systems of public safety that we’ve never seen before? It’s scary as hell.

I just keep imagining our ancestors being at the Red Sea and being like, ‘Okay, you go,’ ‘No, you go first.’ And then everyone else is like, ‘this is a really bad idea, y’all. We don’t even know what’s over there. We haven’t even seen it before.’ And I feel like, in many ways, we get a chance to do this, make mistakes, learn and grow.”

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