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Early voters in Fairfax, Virginia were intimidated Saturday, September 19th by Trump supporters chanting “four more years” outside the polling location. An escalation of disruption at polling locations is possible and it is important to consider what safety measures should be taken.
Nonviolent Peaceforce is one group preparing for potential election-related unrest through implementing UCP strategies at the polls, and if needed, after the election. We will continue to build relationships, and train civilians on de-escalation techniques as the election nears.
“No American should have to choose between their health and their right to vote.” We can expand this to include that no one should have to choose between their safety and their right to vote. So, what can we do to have a safe, free, accessible, and fair election this November?
On May 25, George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis Police Officer prompting action around the world against police brutality and institutionalized racism.
Nonviolent Peaceforce is considering the question, what might it look like if we addressed our communities’ needs as neighbors and creative problem solvers instead of relying on force and imprisonment?
In 2019, 24% of all police killings were of Black Americans while they make up only 13% of the US population. This prompts the question, are our police really protecting all Americans? Is our current model for policing the best option we have for the safety and security of our communities?
This work is an anti-racist endeavor, or an active opposition to racism. How else can individuals and organizations be anti-racist? What can you do?
One alternative to a police-based security model is unarmed civilian protection (UCP). UCP is a methodology for the direct protection of civilians, localized violence reduction, and support of local capacities for self-protection.