NNAAC stands in solidarity with Ferguson in fight to end racial profiling
The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) is disheartened by last night’s federal grand jury decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, who was shot six times in August over an alleged minor offense, despite being unarmed. The decision denies Brown’s family a trial in the matter.
The events surrounding Ferguson over the last three months have brought much needed attention to race relations, law enforcement accountability (or lack thereof) and the shortcomings of the justice system with relation to communities of color. NNAAC stands in solidarity with the Ferguson community and endorses their national demands, which call for greater police accountability; an end to racial profiling and discrimination and an end to the school-to-prison pipeline.
Now, more than ever, we must stand together and demand police accountability and systemic change. We ask that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder update the 2003 Guidance regarding the use of race by federal law enforcement agencies without further delay. We will continue to push Congress to pass the End Racial Profiling Act, a bill that would prohibit the use of profiling on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
“Last night’s non-indictment serves to invigorate us to strengthen our commitment to social justice and to work even harder toward a more just system. We will continue our efforts to end racial and religious profiling, and we will strengthen our partnerships and coalitions, because we understand that we cannot win this fight alone,” said Nadia Tonova, director of NNAAC.