“We live in a society with systemic racism, and acknowledge as an organization that we are not immune from the effects of that racism. We commit to increasing the diversity of our board of directors and staff and to practices that respect difference and promote inclusion. As a nation, we are at a pivotal and important time, and as an organization, we are boldly and clearly reaffirming our commitment to equality, working to eliminate systemic racism and white supremacy, to eliminate discrimination of all kinds, including on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, LGBTQIA+, religion or free thought, disability, and/or marital status, taking responsibility for past pain or transgressions, and continuing to work in the current and future fights for justice.”
– Feminist Majority Foundation National Board of Directors
FMF Stands Against Racial Injustice and Police Brutality
The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop and David McAtee have exposed the ugly truth about systemic racism and anti-Blackness in America. Justice is long past due for the countless Black Americans who have lost their lives to police brutality and white supremacist violence, and we stand in solidarity with those calling for an end to these injustices. The Feminist Majority Foundation has joined our partners and allies in The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to demand Congress to take the following actions to end police brutality immediately:
- Require a federal standard that necessitates police force be used only as a last resort; bans use of force against those who only verbally confront officers or who only pose a danger to themselves; and requires all officers to accurately report all uses of force.
- End the use of neck holds, chokeholds, and similar excessive force by the police.
- Prohibit racial profiling and require cross-demographic data collection on police-community encounters and law enforcement activities.
- Eliminate federal programs that provide military equipment to law enforcement.
- Prohibit the use of no-knock warrants, especially for drug searches.
- Change legal requirements so prosecutors can successfully hold law enforcement accountable for the deprivation of civil rights and civil liberties.
- Develop a national public database of all U.S. police agencies, including: names of officers who have had their licenses revoked due to misconduct involving violence, perjury, falsifying a police report, or planting and destroying evidence; and terminations and complaints against these officers.
- End the qualified immunity doctrine which prevents police from being held legally accountable when they break the law.
On April 20, 2021, Derek Chauvin was convicted on all three counts for the murder of George Floyd. Feminist Majority Foundation unequivocally supports the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, which we see as an important step in ending police brutality. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act addresses a wide range of policies and issues regarding law enforcement accountability and policing practices. The Act would ban chokeholds, limit qualified immunity, lower the criminal intent standard to convict a law enforcement officer for misconduct, and authorizes the Department of Justice to issue subpoenas in investigations of police departments for a practice of discrimination. The Act would also establish a national registry to compile data on police misconduct records. It has passed in the U.S. House, with all but two Democrats voting in favor and all but one Republicans voting against. It is currently pending a vote in the Senate.
Many of our supporters, affiliated student organizations, and members have already taken action by donating their money and/or time; protesting in their communities; educating their friends, families, and peers; participating in mutual aid efforts; amplifying Black voices on social media; and writing to elected officials and police department officials to push for legislative and policy change. Below are resources to help you continue (or start) taking action and stay in the fight against racial injustice. We have included racial justice and civil rights organizations who are doing this work every day, as well as actions you can take right now and ways to further educate yourself on racial justice and allyship.
- African American Policy Forum (home of #SayHerName)
- Black Lives Matter
- Black Visions Collective
- Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)
- Campaign Zero
- Color of Change
- Fair Fight
- Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Movement for Black Lives
- NAACP Legal and Education Defense Fund
- National Action Network
- National Urban League
- The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
- Unicorn Riot
- Justice for Breonna Taylor petition
- Justice for David McAtee petition
- Color of Change petition to end police brutality
- Justice for Tony McDade petition
- How To Support Black Trans People Right Now
- On Being An Ally: Change is Necessary and Painful
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- Why We Need To Call Out Casual Racism
- Remember, No One is Coming to Save Us
- Justice In June Syllabus
- The Lemonade Syllabus
- Talking About Race: A Guide from the National Museum of African American History & Culture
- Black People Need Stronger White Allies: Here’s How to Be One
- A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland DaMaris Hill
- Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, Jennifer L. Eberhardt
- Black is the Body, Emily Bernard
- Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine
- Eloquent Rage, Brittney C. Cooper
- Fatal Invention, Dorothy Roberts
- Freedom is a Constant Struggle, Angela Y. Davis
- From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
- From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime, Elizabeth Kai Hinton
- Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot, Mikki Kendall
- How to Be Less Stupid About Race, Crystal Marie Fleming
- How We Fight White Supremacy, Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin
- How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
- Me and White Supremacy, Layla Saad
- One Person, No Vote, Carol Anderson
- Raising White Kids, Jennifer Harvey
- Redefining Realness, Janet Mock
- Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth, Dána-Ain Davis
- Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde
- So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo
- The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
- The Inner Work of Racial Justice, Rhonda V. Magee
- The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
- The Racial Healing Handbook, Anneliese A. Singh
- The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson
- Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
- Too Heavy A Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, Deborah G. White
- Well-Read Black Girl, Glory Edim
- When and Where I Enter, Paula Giddings
- When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, Patrisse Khan-Cullors
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo
- White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, Carol Anderson
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge