Racial Justice Resolution passed at LWVUS Convention, June 2020

URGENT RESOLUTION

RACIAL JUSTICE FOR BLACK PEOPLE AND PEOPLE OF COLOR

  1. Whereas, the deaths of George Floyd and countless other Black people have
    focused our nation’s attention on continuing structural and systemic racism in law
    enforcement and the justice system; and,
  2. Whereas, Black people and all historically marginalized people of color are
    disproportionately criminalized and targeted by excessive force and brutality by
    law enforcement; and,
    3. Whereas, delegates to the 2020 League of Women Voters (League) Convention
    are outraged by these injustices in law enforcement that unfairly target Black
    people and all people of color; and,
    4. Whereas, we have a crisis as a result of racism and socio-economic inequalities
    that have marginalized, discriminated against and harmed Black people and all
    people of color. Education, housing, employment, healthcare and every aspect
    of American life1 have been impacted; and,
    5. Whereas, the League acknowledges painfully that America is a nation founded
    on racism.2 We must work to end white privilege and dispel the myth of white
    supremacy if we are to become the nation we pledge3 to be; and,
    6. Whereas, the League commemorates the centennial of our organization and
    passage of the 19th Amendment, we recognize the courage, persistence and
    vision of our founding members. Yet, our past has been marred by racism and it
    is time to acknowledge this so that we can continue to work toward being
    Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive, (DEI)4; and,
    7. Whereas, the League believes in individual liberties, civil rights, human rights,
    and voting rights writ large; we defend democracy and oppose all threats to these
    constitutional rights5; therefore,
    8. We Resolve First, That the League advocates against systemic racism in the
    justice system and, at a minimum, to prevent excessive force and brutality by law
    enforcement. We also call for prompt actions by all League members to
    advocate within every level of government to eradicate systemic racism, and the
    harm that it causes; and,
    9. We Resolve Second, That the League help our elected officials and all
    Americans recognize these truths to be self-evident; that Black people and all
    people of color deserve equal protection under the law; and that we demand
    solutions for the terrible wrongs done to Black people and all people of color
    across the nation so that, regardless of race, racial mixture, ethnicity, religion,
    disabilities, gender or sexual orientation we may truly become a nation
    “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.

  1. See LWVUS Position on Equality of Opportunity, Pgs. 8 & 10, Impact on Issues 2018-2020/Equality of Opportunity,
  2. May 29, 2020 LWVUS Response to Police Killing of George Floyd,
  3. Pledge of Allegiance
  4. See Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy,
  5. See LWVUS Position on Individual Liberties, Pgs. 7 & 31, Impact on Issues 2018-2020/Individual Liberties, 
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