Violence Against Minority Communities
Gun violence and violence against women are issues that have gained increased notoriety within the past few years. With more gun violence prevention movements, such as March For Our Lives, as well as movements such as #NoMoreMissingSisters and more visibility to the violence against Black trans women.
WHAT WE WILL FIGHT FOR...
We will fight for comprehensive background checks on all firearms purchases. Because background checks would keep more Americans safe each year, and with such widespread national support it should be implemented. Additionally, background checks are one of the simplest ways to curb gun violence because of its preventative nature.
We will fight to reauthorize of the Violence Against Women Act along with specific protections for victims of domestic abuse outside of a marriage, trans women, Black women, and Indigenous women, Because since the Violence Against Women Act lapsed for the first time since its passing in 2018, women and femmes throughout the U.S. have been without some of the basic protections the bill has made more widely available. Women and femmes should be able to feel safe, knowing they have the full support of the law behind them.
We will fight for a ban of citizen-owned, assault-style weapons (such as M-16s), including a ban on downloadable, 3-D printed schematics that allow for the circumventing of background checks as well as cheap and easy access to guns. Because assault style weapons cause more harm than they do good, and are infinitely more destructive than necessary. They are the cause of many major mass shootings, and removing them from the public would keep the country safer.
We will fight for a ban of Stand Your Ground Laws, which limit or remove the expectation that lethal force in self-defense is only justified in situations where it does not seem safe to step away instead. Because Stand Your Ground Laws are proven to be violent and racist. In 2014 they allowed for excuses to be made for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Stand Your Ground Laws have let countless violent and racist murderers walk free and contributed to the gun violence epidemic in this country.
We will fight for stronger repercussions for violent police officers. Because police brutality is an epidemic in the United States, and harms racial minorities. The U.S. policing system is and always has been systematically racist, and until we can abolish the police we must take every step we can within the current system to protect BIPOC individuals from the racist police force. (For more information on police abolition, see the criminal justice reform section.
“As the 2020 election cycle draws to a close and we come closer and closer to a Biden-Harris presidency, a conversation on the rise of hypocrisy in federally maintained systems is one that needs to take place. This summer, protests calling for police reform took place in every single state, and countless countries around the world after the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd at the hands of the police. Peaceful protesters calling out the horrifying bias police have against Black and Brown people were brutally tear-gassed, shot with rubber bullets, arrested for simply exercising their First Amendment rights, and physically assaulted. In stark contrast, when majority-white pro-Trump riots took place in the heart of our democracy, These insurrectionists wandered through the Capitol without consequence, violent and angry that their fascist president lost the election. Six months prior, Black and Brown folks were terrorized while fighting for equality, but a mere two days ago, supporters of a racist, homophobic, sexist man were able to hang off bannisters inside a government building with no retaliation. The obvious hesitance to take action on the white supremacists looting the nation’s capital is a direct statement from the government that they are complicit in upholding the all too familiar narrative that the lives of people of color do not matter to them. This will not stand, and reform needs to take place now.”
- Sakhi Kulkarni, MA, Generation Ratify Massachusetts State Director
“Gun violence is personal for me. On a seemingly mundane Thursday in 2012, when I was only nine, two people were killed inside the church where I was practicing soccer. An angry neighbor barged into a meeting, opening fire. An attendee then ran onto the field screaming, “Run! There’s been a shooting in the church! Clear the field!” Although initially confused and paralyzed, once I understood the gravity of the situation, I was petrified, shocked, and terrified from the idea that a deadly shooting happened just a couple hundred feet from my YMCA soccer practice. Years later, I remember seeing the news alerts about the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting and the sinking feeling in my stomach that lasted a week. I remember the Las Vegas shooting and the sixty people senselessly killed. I remember watching the 24-hour news coverage of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting and believing that the world would finally pause, however, nothing changed. I knew that things needed to change, and things still need to change, which is why we do not stop working. I do not want anyone else to be part of Generation Lockdown: part of learning the fastest escape route from each classroom, part of a society suffocated by trauma from gun violence.”
- Emma Vonder Haar, KY, Generation Ratify Community Member