100 Days In: How Serious Are We About Inclusive Democracy?

May Day Proud Boys and paramilitary rally in Salem, Oregon was a bust. We can’t be lulled into complacency and think the threat has gone away. But we can see the impact of what we’ve been doing right.

3 STEPS TO COUNTER THE THREAT OF WHITE NATIONALISM

  1. We have to recognize and remediate how deeply white nationalist ideology and organizing is embedded in our government and institutions, particularly in law enforcement. We have to wake up to how fundamentally anti-democratic white nationalism is, and how strongly it continues to invite authoritarianism.
  2. We have to deprive white nationalism of the oxygen that feeds it by standing united against racism, antisemitism, and the other strategies and systems that divide us. We have to eliminate systemic inequities, repair the damage they have caused, and manage with both clarity and compassion the backlash to these necessary changes.
  3. We have to do all of this in a way that offers real alternatives to the winner-loser narratives and policies of division, despair, and dystopia that increase the appeal of authoritarian and anti-democratic solutions.

A PRESIDENCY DEDICATED TO DEFENDING DEMOCRACY

IDEOLOGICAL BIAS IN POLICING

  • Racial bias: Are the Police Bureau’s policies, culture or actions influenced by racial bias? If so, what is the extent of that bias, what are its root causes and what are the best practices to address them?
  • Political bias: Are the Police Bureau’s policies, culture or actions influenced by political bias? If so, what is the extent of that bias, what are its root causes and what should be done about them?
  • Resistance to change: Are the Police Bureau’s policies, culture or actions resistant to change sought by the community? If so, what is the extent of that resistance, what are its root causes and what are the best practices to address that resistance?

WHAT’S WORKING & WHERE WE’RE LOSING GROUND

TRUTH & RECONCILIATION

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