Are you frustrated that Donald Trump called out NFL players, coaches, and owners for #TakeTheKnee on Sunday?
By Kristina Roth, Senior Program Officer for Criminal Justice Programs, Amnesty International USA
Here are five things that you can do to stand up against police brutality and the systemic racism in the U.S. that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other athletes took a knee for:
1. Learn more about unlawful use of deadly force by police in your state
Did you know that in the U.S. not a single state has a statute in place that complies with international law and standards on use of lethal force by law enforcement officers? Read our Deadly Force: Police use of Lethal Force in the United States report to see what use of lethal force laws your state has in place, if any, and then advocate to change your state’s law.
2. Get the message out
Retweet @AmnestyUSA or write your own social media support in solidarity.
3. Keep the conversation going
Bring the conversation to your community. Check out our Talking Points on Police Use of Force in the US to help get your message across.
4. Address Systemic Racism in our Capital Punishment System
Tell the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to Stop the execution of Keith Tharpe in Georgia. September 26 at 7:00 PM the state of Georgia is scheduled to execute Keith Tharpe. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his sister-in-law in 1990. One of the jurors held racist views which were uncovered and presented to the courts on appeal, but were not considered because of procedural issues.
5. Show up for racial justice
This year there have already been marches and rallies standing up to police brutality and fighting for racial justice in St. Louis, Richmond, New York City, Washington D.C. and more. Before going to any local rallies or protests familiarize yourself with our Know Your Rights As A Human Rights defender guide.