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Stop Taking Our People (S.T.O.P.)

BANNER14Dear Friends, By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the fatal shooting of unarmed Black teen, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. You’ve read the multiple accounts of what happened. You’ve watched the television interviews. You’ve seen video footage of the riots in the streets. And, you’re mad, again. What we are witnessing today is not just the death of another young Black boy, but an outright attack on African Americans. It is unacceptable, and we do not condone actions taken by anyone to impose prejudice on another person just because of the color

of his/her skin. The death of Michael Brown, and the incidents that have followed, are small reflections of a larger problem within our nation. While we have made strides to improve social equality in terms of race relations, tolerance, and acceptance, we still have so far to go. Our job – as elected women- has now been elevated. The onus is upon us to work together to help address these issues. Will you stand with us in this fight? Join us in the Stop Taking Our People (S.T.O.P.) campaign to raise awareness about violence and police militarization in our communities. By promotingS.T.O.P. in your districts and communities, you are sounding the alarm for racial injustice. Host a town hall meeting to discuss issues surrounding law enforcement and safety! Tweet statistics about crime and violence in your neighborhoods! Hold a vigil to remember lives lost in your state, city, or municipality! We appreciate your participation, for we cannot do this alone! And, while Americans across the nation mourn this tragedy, we cannot forget those immediately affected by the loss of a loved one. As mothers, sisters, aunts, and friends, we know this grief all too well (by kyle). We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to Brown’s family and stand with them in solidarity and love. To learn more about the S.T.O.P. Campaign, please contact our Executive Director, Ms. Waikinya Clanton via phone or email at 202.507.6246, 202.531.1613or waikinya@nobel-women.org, respectively. Thank you for your support! Yours in Service, Rep. Laura Hall (AL) National President NOBEL Women http://nobel-women.org/downloads/S.T.O.P.-National Organization Of Black Elected Womentoolkit.pdf