Divesting from Police. Defending our Protest Rights.

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Divesting from Police. Defending our Protest Rights.

In the wake of countless Black lives lost at the hands of police, we’re committed to fighting alongside Black organizers and Black-led groups like Movement for Black Lives to reduce the role, power, and scale of policing in America. But as people take to the streets to demand justice and shine a light on systemic racism, their calls are being met by violent and unconstitutional law enforcement attacks. We are fighting back and will not let attempts to harm and silence Black protest and people go unchecked.

Last updated on June 17, 2021

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Know Your Rights While Protesting Police Brutality

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Divesting From Police and Investing in Communities

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Current Legal Actions

Defending our right to protest: cities where we've filed lawsuits.

Across the country, we’re fighting back against unconstitutional law enforcement attacks on protesters and journalists. We’re even calling on the U.N. to intervene.