Community and Civil Rights Initiatives
How Communities Become Involved
In 1999, the American Civil Liberties Union launched a nationwide campaign against racial profiling. Called "Arrest the Racism: Racial Profiling in America," the campaign includes: research; a communications program synchronized with litigation efforts across the country; a special report entitled "Driving While Black: Racial Profiling on our Nation's Highways"; a special hotline for reporting incidents (1-877-6PROFILE) and an online complaint form; advertising campaigns that include print, radio, and billboard features; advocacy for state and federal legislation; and a special web feature. Local chapters of the ACLU are some of the most vociferous advocates against racial profiling.
The ACLU campaign has sparked racial profiling work across the country by local, state, and national organizations. Community organizations have been involved in advocating for legislation, increasing visibility of their racial profiling concerns, and encouraging police departments to begin data collection. One of the most important ways community groups can get involved is for representatives to initiate or serve on a task force around the issue of racial profiling. By discussing the issue with law enforcement officials in a constructive and informative framework, community and civil rights groups can tackle the issue of racial profiling in their communities and make a difference.
This website provides tools for community and civil rights groups to get started in the campaign against racial profiling or to join the ongoing debates and efforts in their local or regional areas.
The section on Community and Civil Rights Groups provides information on community groups across the country that are working on local, state, or regional racial profiling campaigns. This information can help groups plan efforts in their own areas based on previously successful campaigns. If you have any information that can help update or supplement this list of community groups, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Testimonials section offers narratives about racial profiling from community voices. These voices demonstrate the effect that the perception of racial profiling can have on individuals and their families. We would also like to add stories about how data collection has helped strengthen police-community relations. Please email us at email@example.com if you have a story to share.
The Getting Started and Going Ahead resource kit provides basic tools and ideas for how community groups can get involved in data collection efforts.