[chrysalis.activism] Fwd: Send a Letter Today - SATURDAY, 8/29 - to Ban Chokeholds in California!

Anna McFall annasmcfall at gmail.com
Sat Aug 29 16:52:13 CDT 2020


This list is great for concrete bills to support!

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From: Youth Justice Coalition <action at youth4justice.org>
Date: Sat, Aug 29, 2020 at 9:55 AM
Subject: Send a Letter Today - SATURDAY, 8/29 - to Ban Chokeholds in
California!
To: Anna McFall <annasmcfall at gmail.com>



* YOUTH JUSTICE COALITION / action at youth4justice.org
<action at youth4justice.org> / @YouthJusticeLA*







*Take Action Today - Saturday, August 29th PASS AB 901, AB 2054 and AB
1196  THE YOUTH & COMMUNITY JUSTICE PLATFORM FOR GREATER POLICE
ACCOUNTABILITY  AND THE PREVENTION OF POLICE MISCONDUCT, VIOLENCE AND USE
OF FORCE HOMICIDES.*


*(1) AB 1196 WILL BAN THE USE OF CHOKEHOLDS AND CAROTID ARTERY HOLDS BY LAW
ENFORCEMENT IN CALIFORNIA.*  AB 1196 is headed next to the Assembly Public
safety and then the Assembly floor. *Please submit a NEW letter of support
by today - Saturday, August 29.  *A sample letter and instructions for
submitting it to the legislature are at the bottom of this e-mail. If we
don't submit new letters, it could look like there is more law enforcement
opposition than community support in the most recent analysis on the bill.

*Submit your letter online at >* https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/
<https://default.salsalabs.org/Tb52442b1-446f-4c9c-a2f8-7ac3f98748dc/05431651-5e8d-4229-8791-4eec8bf844d9>
and
also e-mail a copy to Assemblymember Gipson's office to make sure it's
counted: Abraham.Mendoza at asm.ca.gov


*(2) AB 901 IS NOW ON THE GOVERNOR'S DESK!!! *AB 901 prohibits probation
supervision and conditions (such as drug testing, curfews and searches)
for youth who have NOT been accused of any crime. This impacts tens of
thousands of youth across California each year who are placed on
"voluntary" probation for academic and behavioral issues such as low grades
or talking back to an adult. *Please e-mail, tweet and call Governor Newsom
and urge him to sign AB 901 to help dismantle the school-to-jail-track!!!*

*@CAgovernor  @GavinNewsom  *(916) 445-2841


*(3) AB 2054 - THE CALIFORNIA C.R.I.S.E.S. ACT* (Community Response
Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems) - will establish a pilot
program to fund community-based alternatives to police. This bill
recognizes that community members and professions other than law
enforcement have the skills, relationships and trust to better respond to
many emergencies. AB 2054 will provide funding and training for
community-based responses to local incidents, including: public health
crises; unhoused people in crisis; people experiencing mental health
crises; people exposed to intimate partner or community violence; and
people with a substance use disorder. The CRISES Act just passed out of the
State Senate and will go to the Assembly Floor before going to the
Governor’s desk for signing. *Please e-mail, tweet and call Governor Newsom
and urge him to sign AB 2054!!!*

AB 2054 Sample Phones Messages and Social Media Posts Targeting the
Governor:

*@CAgovernor  @GavinNewsom  *(916) 445-2841

I support the #CRISESAct, AB2054, because (why you believe we need to
invest in community-based care and response to crises, not police).
@CAgovernor @GavinNewsom please fund the #CRISESAct in the CA budget.

For those who are Black, Latinx, Indigenous, unhoused, or in a mental
health crisis, the involvement of the police could be particularly
dangerous. This is why we need to pass the #CRISESAct to ensure those who
are best suited to respond to emergencies can. @CAgovernor *@GavinNewsom*

Many people in marginalized communities will not call the police for help -
putting them and loved ones at increased risk. The #CRISESAct will fund
safe and effective responses to community emergencies. @CAgovernor
@GavinNewsom

It is time we prioritize the urgent needs of Black and Brown communities,
starting with community-based responses. The #CRISESAct will ensure those
with deep knowledge of their local community are able to provide
appropriate and cost-saving responses to local crises. @CAgovernor
@GavinNewsom

#AB2054 is an opportunity to invest in culturally appropriate emergency
responses that are more effective than police and save money in times of
crisis. #COVID19. @CAgovernor @GavinNewsom

Communities across California are frustrated and are sending a clear
message: we must fund solutions that save lives. @CAgovernor, please fund
and support the #CRISESAct, AB 2054, and scale-up community-based responses
to emergencies. @GavinNewsom


*WE APPRECIATE YOUR ACTION ON THESE HISTORIC BILLS!!!*





* HELP BAN CHOKEHOLDS AND CAROTID ARTERY HOLDS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT IN
CALIFORNIA!*

SEND A SUPPORT LETTER FOR AB 1196 FROM YOUR ORGANIZATION, GROUP, SCHOOL OR
HOUSE OF WORSHIP.
Please add your organizational logo and a signature to the letter *BELOW* and
submit it to the "online submissions portal:"
no later than Saturday, 8/29/2020 >
https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/
<https://default.salsalabs.org/T7f9a5bfd-175d-4672-8411-a1f653614c1a/05431651-5e8d-4229-8791-4eec8bf844d9>

To make sure it gets counted, also email a copy to
Abraham.Mendoza at asm.ca.gov
<https://default.salsalabs.org/T382e378a-581f-4f26-a98b-32c7f5f61aca/05431651-5e8d-4229-8791-4eec8bf844d9>
.



[DATE]

The Honorable Reggie Jones-Sawyer
Chair, Assembly Public Safety Committee
P.O. Box 942849
California State Capitol, Room 2117
Sacramento, CA 94249-0059

*RE: AB 1196 (Gipson) – SUPPORT [As Amended 8/24/20]*

Dear Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer:

[ORGANIZATION NAME] is pleased to support AB 1196, which seeks to eliminate
the use of chokeholds and carotid restraints statewide by law enforcement.

[OPTIONAL: Insert a description of why this bill is important to you/your
organization.]

*Chokeholds - also called airway holds - *are a defensive tactic or force
option in which direct pressure is applied to a person’s trachea or
windpipe. This type of restraint restricts breathing and reduces or
prevents either air or blood from passing through the neck. *Strangleholds
- also called carotid restraints - *are a vascular neck restraint or any
similar restraint, hold, or other defensive tactic in which pressure is
applied to the sides of a person’s neck, compressing one or both carotid
arteries and/or the jugular veins, restricting blood flow to the brain and
are meant to render a subject unconscious for a time.

While designed to render someone unconscious or incapacitated, these
restraints and holds can go wrong in two main ways*:* either when
improperly applied, or when a persons' physical disposition- especially if
they suffer from coronary artery disease, for example- makes the hold
dangerous or lethal. Simply maintaining restricted blood flow for one
minute after the someone is rendered unconscious can lead to irreversible
brain damage.

In the fatal case of Eric Garner in 2014, New York Commissioner James
O’Neill said that the officer’s failure to relax his grip while subduing
him triggered a fatal asthma attack. As seen with the recent high-profile
death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, when a law enforcement officer used
his knee to subdue and detain him, methods of restraint that block airflow
can be lethal and should no longer be allowed. Several major cities have
already taken steps to prohibit their use. However, statewide policies
regarding neck restraints vary, which results in a lack of accountability
for officers who use them.

While legislation alone will not heal the wound George Floyd’s death has
caused, prohibiting the use of chokeholds and carotid restraints by law
enforcement will create uniformity across the state and ensure that it will
no longer be applied on Californians.

For these reasons, [ORGANIZATION NAME] is in full support of AB 1196
(Gipson) and respectfully requests your “Aye” vote.

Sincerely,


[SIGNATURE]
[NAME/TITLE/ORGANIZATION]

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