Black Lives Matter: Take Action Today

July 7, 2016

The deaths of Black men and women at the hands of police are grim reminders that race and inequality pervade every aspect of American life in a way that limits the lives of Black people and their access to the most basic rights in American society. Systemic racial issues in housing, education, environment, employment, criminal justice and income inequality persist and feed into police violence that permeate our communities.

Unfortunately, police violence against Black people occurs everywhere, including Indiana. More needs to be known, for example, about the circumstances surrounding fatal shootings of several Black men by Indianapolis police. And as we mourn the two most recent shootings in our country, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in a Minneapolis suburb, we cannot content ourselves simply with mourning. We must rise together and say: "THIS STOPS TODAY."

Read ACLU of Minnesota's statement on the killing of Philando Castile
Read ACLU of Louisiana's statement on the killing of Alton Sterling

In Indiana, we can start taking action TODAY by knowing our rights, signing petitions and using the information we have to talk with others. 

  • Download Know Your Rights information from the national ACLU's Black Lives Matter webpage. This information could be vital in understanding how to interact with police, immigration agents and the FBI: https://www.aclu.org/feature/blacklivesmatter. We hope you will use this information to stay informed and share this information with your family, friends and coworkers.
  • Sign this national petition to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking to stop government surveillance of Black Lives Matter activists: https://action.aclu.org/secure/stop-surveillance-of-blm-activists 
  • Get involved in your community. In Indianapolis, you can volunteer for the Northwest Area Safe Routes to School program through Groundwork Indy's Community Health initiative
  • Email us with other volunteer opportunities, and we will post them here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More than two hundred years after America created a bold vision for itself, that vision has yet to be achieved. We are not yet a nation in which all people are free and equal. We don't have all the answers yet to police violence, but be assured that the ACLU will continue to work in courts, legislatures and communities to ensure that the promise of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights is realized by everyone in this country. 

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