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5. End Criminalization and surveillance

Local, state, and federal policing policies should never target people based on age, race, religion, or origin.

Person holding a protest sign at a rally

Photo: Sarah-Ji @loveandstrugglephotos

Racially targeted policing has fueled mass incarceration. And Black and Brown people are disproportionately targeted from a young age. Hundreds of thousands of children have been arrested, often by police in their schools. 

Women and LGBTQ people can land in jail for acts related to public order, poverty, child welfare, drug use, survival, and self-defense. “War on Terror” Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) surveillance programs target Muslims, Arabs, and Black and immigrant communities. Racial and social justice organizers are targeted, too. The term “Black identity extremists” has been applied to Black Lives Matter organizers.  

Surveillance does not keep us safe. And we need to reject measures that normalize it. Instead, we need to invest in our communities so that all people can be safe and thrive.