NEW CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM GROUP LAUNCHES WITH BACKING OF
TOP COACHES, ATHLETES, ACTORS AND RECORDING ARTISTS
Call to Action as House passes Justice in Policing Act; trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin starts
WASHINGTON, DC (March 11, 2021) – Today, as the trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin gets underway, a group including top recording artists, actors and basketball players and coaches launched the Alliance for Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR) to advocate for the enactment of the federal “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.”
Included among the group’s supporters are musical stars ranging from Dan + Shay to Nas and Sean “Puffy” Combs, as well as members of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) such as Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala, Nneka Ogwumike and Sue Bird, National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) including Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers, Lloyd Pierce, Rick Carlisle and National Hockey League alumni J.T. Brown and Anson Carter (see full list below).
The legislation, named for Officer Chauvin’s victim, passed the U.S. House last week but awaits consideration in the Senate. It is wide-ranging police reform legislation that would, among other things: end racial profiling; hold police accountable; change the culture of law enforcement; and build trust between law enforcement and communities by addressing systemic racism and bias to help save lives.
As the anniversary of George Floyd’s death approaches in May, the Alliance announced plans for a virtual “lobbying day” of the U.S. Senate this Spring via the following “Call to Action”:
“The House of Representatives recently passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and we thank them for moving it early this year. As all eyes turn to the Senate... we must use our platform to ensure meaningful reform remains a priority. We’ve been patient up to a point. But our country needs substantive action by our national leaders NOW. Lives depend on it.” [Full text attached]
The ACJR is seeking additional signatories to the “Call to Action.” Those interested in joining the effort should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Alliance for Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR):
The Alliance for Criminal Justice Reform is a coalition of citizen-activists working at the federal, state and local levels for the enactment of meaningful police reform legislation in 2021. Featuring support from some of the nation’s best-known athletes, coaches, actors and recording artists, the Alliance seeks to demonstrate through the diversity of its supporters the breadth of support for meaningful public safety reforms that respect citizens and law enforcement. The Alliance’s top priority is winning Senate passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The bill has already passed the House. To learn more, visit alliancecjr.com.
Casey Murray (ACJR/Shape Advocacy) Casey.Murray@shapeadvocacy.com
Elle Hagedorn (NBPA) Elle.Hagedorn@nbpa.com
David Cooper (WNBPA/MVP PR) David@MVPPR.com