4 Things You Should Know About The Movement For Black Lives' BREATHE Act
The bill, introduced by M4BL as well as U.S. Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, is one to keep an eye on.
August 26, 2020 at 1:57 pm
As the nation is slated to enter a fourth month of continued protests over the unjust killings of Black Americans, two members of Congress are prepared to introduce one of the most aggressive criminal justice reform bills yet.
Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), alongside The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), introduced The BREATHE Act in July. The bill looks to completely do away with the country's current criminal justice and policing system. The bill, likely to be interpreted as radical by their opponents on the right, seeks to eliminate life sentences, eradicate preexisting drug crimes, close multiple federal agencies and permanently shut down prisons and immigration detention centers, among other objectives.
"This visionary bill divests our taxpayer dollars from brutal and discriminatory policing and invests in a new vision of public safety—a vision that answers the call to defund the police and allows all communities to finally BREATHE free," an explainer from the bill's website read.
Though official jargon has yet to be released, a comprehensive summary of agenda items are outlined in-depth online. Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, also testified before the Democratic National Committee's platform cohort in July with hopes that influential leaders within the party would include the BREATHE Act as an official policy.
"Without making the necessary recommitments and revisions, can any of you here truly stand up and say, 'My party is the party of principles?" Cullors questioned in her remarks.
There are four objectives looking to be accomplished through The BREATHE Act. Here's a quick summary of what you should know: