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Here’s How You Can Resist Police Violence And Mass Incarceration During The Trump Administration

Campaign Zero has put forward a new agenda to increase community oversight of law enforcement, limit use of force, and more.

Here’s How You Can Resist Police Violence And Mass Incarceration During The Trump Administration Police officers block off I-85 during a protest in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 21, 2016.   Sean Rayford / Getty Images

Campaign Zero, a collective seeking to reform law enforcement and criminal justice systems, has launched a new agenda, outlining steps that individuals and communities can take to resist during the Trump administration. Their website offers information on actions that should be demanded of state and local officials such as ending "broken windows" policing, increasing community oversight, limiting use of force. The site also lets you track the progress of legislation that addresses police violence at federal, state, and local levels and find information about your representatives's positions on these issues.

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"President Trump's administration plans to use the power of the federal government to escalate police violence and incarceration in our communities," reads a statement on the updated website. "It is essential that state and local governments step up to protect our communities from harm and continue making progress towards ending police violence and mass incarceration. Now more than ever, we must hold them accountable to doing so."

Last week, Trump signed three executive orders on "public safety." The orders established a federal task force on crime reduction and public safety, outlined steps for federal agencies to target transnational drug cartels, and authorized the Justice Department to use exiting laws to prosecute those who commit crimes against police officers.

As The Guardian's Jon Swaine pointed out, a clause in the "Presidential Executive Order on Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers" seemed to authorize attorney general Jeff Sessions to draw up a federal "Blue Lives Matter" bill, which would enforce mandatory minimum sentencing for attacks on law enforcement officers.

Get more information on Campaign Zero's new agenda here.

February 13, 2017
Here’s How You Can Resist Police Violence And Mass Incarceration During The Trump Administration