June 26, 2020
A Call to Action
I hate to be dramatic but democracy stands in the balance.
"We have an opportunity in Albuquerque to restore a proper balance between fairness to officers and officer accountability, but we need you to join this effort." ~ ACLU NM
Tom Dent, Host at Activist Community Podcast speaks with...
Elaine Cimino, Co-Founder and Director at Common Ground Community Trust
Jim Harvey, Executive Director
Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
An overall review of some important news of the last 2 weeks in Albuquerque and how it ultimately effects all of the community and what you should do about it.
A Call to Action
Recorded at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
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*ACLU NM On Police Reform
We stand at a crucial moment in the fight against systemic racism and police violence in our communities. The tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and others have made it clear – it is long past time to change our policing systems. But a major obstacle to reform continues to block progress – police unions.
This summer, the Albuquerque police union’s collective bargaining agreement is up for renegotiation. This gives us a rare opportunity to break the logjam and demand real accountability for officers who brutalize or kill the people they swore to protect.
Sign the petition demanding Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller renegotiate the collective bargaining agreement in a way that serves our communities and restores accountability to policing.
Public service unions like those that represent firefighters, teachers, and police play an essential role by providing our public servants with collective bargaining power to obtain fair wages, better benefits, and safe working conditions. But police unions are unique in that they also negotiate some of the terms under which their members use state-sanctioned violence against people in their communities. The result of the police union’s immense political and cultural power has made it exceedingly difficult to hold individual officers accountable when they brutalize or murder someone.
We have an opportunity in Albuquerque to restore a proper balance between fairness to officers and officer accountability, but we need you to join this effort.
Tell Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller it’s time to negotiate a new union contract that provides real, meaningful accountability for officers who abuse their power.
Thanks for taking action,
ACLU of New Mexico
Petition can be found on NM ACLU Facebook page