WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, The Collective PAC, the nation’s largest political action committee dedicated to increasing Black political engagement, representation and power across all levels of government, is stopping to reflect on the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. Co-founders of The Collective PAC, Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James, released the following statement:
“Today marks one year since the murder of George Floyd at the hands of convicted and disgraced police officer, Derek Chauvin. Recorded in its entirety, the brutality of George Floyd’s murder galvanized the world in showing clear as day that the disproportionate use of force against unarmed Black Americans was continuing to take Black American lives for no reason. It has been one year since George Floyd became a symbol of the inquiries and injustices that too often have allowed police to get away with dehumanizing and murdering Black Americans. His life mattered, and we are grateful that Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison had the courage to charge the officer who committed this crime. His courage and bravery is representative of the important role that Black, progressive minded elected officials can play in holding officers accountable. It is why The Collective PAC in partnership with our affiliated 501c4 organization Collective Future, launched “The Collective’s Justice For All Initiative”, a program focused on recruiting, supporting and funding Black candidates committed to unapologetically pursuing justice and progressive criminal justice reform.
There can be no justice without accountability and The Collective PAC will continue fighting for a civil and criminal system that is truly fair, equitable and representative of all Americans; a system that is free from abuse, racism and injustice. The Collective PAC urges the United States Senate to immediately pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, a critical first step in the fight to combat police brutality and address racial bias in policing by barring no-knock warrants, ending qualified immunity, banning the use of chokeholds and more.
We must honor George Floyd and the countless victims of police brutality with action by calling on our elected officials to do everything in their power to reform America’s broken criminal justice and policing systems in this country.”
ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE PAC
The Collective PAC is working to create an America where Black people are equally represented at every level of government. The Collective PAC is strategically focused on creating a truly equitable democracy where our nation’s local, state and federal governments have diverse and talented elected leadership and Black people are fully represented in positions of power to create the policies necessary to progress our communities forward.