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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.