Last summer, people in the United States were forced to acknowledge and grapple with the violence, systemic injustice and inequity that Black Americans have been subjected to in this country. With the death of George Floyd being recorded and shared all over the world, we urgently began to ask ourselves what can be done to make systemic changes in our laws, police forces, incarceration practices, and our justice system so we could finally be a nation where Black Lives Mattered.
In response to the outcry and demands for change, two bills have been drafted and submitted for legislation: the People's Response Act (submitted Rep. Cori Bush, the first piece of federal legislation that is fully inspired by the BREATHE Act framework) and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (submitted by Rep. Karen Bass.) What are the differences between these two bills? What elements would bring us closer to real accountability, community investment and equity? We will look closely at both bills. Our goal is to create action plans which will bring lasting change and peace with justice.