Last week, NEA Aspiring Educators across the country engaged in different actions each day to demand that Black Lives Matter in our schools and communities. On Wednesday, Jan. 13, the focus was the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The House passed the bill in 2020 but it must be reintroduced in the 117th Congress sworn in Jan. 3, 2021.
The act is a first step to enacting meaningful reforms to end police brutality and restore faith in law enforcement agencies. Specifically, it prohibits discriminatory profiling, bans chokeholds, and requires federal and state police to use body cameras—important steps to help ensure police officers treat EVERYONE with dignity and respect.