Racism is learned behavior that is rooted in ignorance and fear, fomenting conflict and violence socially. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange recognize the need to engage whole-heartedly in the difficult work of unraveling systemic racism and biases that fuel unjust treatment of people of all colors.
We pledge to advocate for justice, demand equal opportunity for all, and create a beloved community for everyone to share. We ask others to join us in calling our elected officials and urge them to confront the menace of armed hate against people of color.
Since the death of George Floyd, according to Mapping Police Violence at least 1,068 people have died at the hands of the police in the United States. Racial disparities persist at alarming rates. Black people were three times more likely to be killed by police than white people and were 28% of those killed by police, despite only accounting for 13% of the population. In fact, from 2013–2020, no officer has been held accountable for > 98% of these killing.
As people of faith we are called to work for justice and change the system that resulted in the death of George Floyd. In March, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280), now we need the Senate to act. Take action by to urging your Senators to pass The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R.1280), which will create accountability at the federal level for police departments, challenge long held racially biased practices and excessive use of force, all with little to no accountability.
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