Day 15 - First Steps: Watch

Day 15 - First Steps: Watch

"I don't have any reason of believing..."

James Baldwin, 1965

“We have a civil rights bill now. We had an amendment, the fifteenth amendment, nearly a hundred years ago. I hate to sound like an Old Testament prophet, but if the amendment was not honored then, I don’t have any reason of believing that the civil rights bill will be honored now.”
— James Baldwin, debate with William F. Buckley at Cambridge University, 1965

Baldwin knew that having laws on the books, bills passed, or amendments added to the Constitution will not be enough to guarantee equality and equity under the law. The legacy of racism in this country demands that we push for accountability, oversight, and limitation on those who would wield the gun in the name of justice and peace. 

Watch your local police, and let them know that you care about equity and justice in your community. Call your local department to ask about serving on a civilian oversight committee or joining neighborhood meetings with police. 
For more information on the importance of civilian oversight of police, visit
https://www.joincampaignzero.org/oversight

God of justice, give me eyes to see where injustice is happening around me.

God of courage, give me a spirit of boldness to stand up for what is right, even if it is difficult.

God of victory, give me lips to speak words that demand accountability and responsibility from the powers of this world.

Show me paths of participation in the peace of my city, that I may be a messenger of your good word. Amen.
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