One Big Thing: Do you think police brutality is an infringement on human rights in the U.S?
Join us and take our poll
What is it?
- On Monday, March 25, George Floyd died while in the custody of Minneapolis arresting police offices in an incident widely being described as tragic and unnecessary. Mr. Floyd’s death was widely publicized across news outlets and social media, sparking significant public condemnation of police brutality.
- Unfortunately, police brutality afflicts people around the world each day and has only been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. In Kenya, police have cracked down on anyone breaking curfew which has led to the death of several citizens.
- Since March 2019, Hong Kong police have violently clashed with pro-democracy protesters, leading to widespread claims of police brutality. Similarly in Russia, police have historically faced accusations of systematic police brutality.
Why is it important?
- The death of George Floyd has reignited the issue of police brutality against black Americans and how the U.S. continues to deal with racial inequalities.
- Police brutality constitutes a civil and human rights violation, no matter where in the world it occurs. However, in the United States, the fifth and fourteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution guarantees due process for all people.
- Police officers are on the front lines and often confront tense and violent situations which puts their lives in danger and play a critical role in community safety. However, situations like the deaths of George Floyd and Eric Garner raise issues of police response.
What can you do?
- Learn more from the United Nations’ Human Rights Standards and Practice for the Police
- Visit the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund to learn more about officers who have died on the front lines.
- See data from Mapping Police Violence
One Big Thing: Should international students have to take in-person classes to retain their student visas?What is it? Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced that international students studying in the U.S. will be Quizzes
One Big Thing: Do you think peace is achievable in Afghanistan?What is it? Earlier this week, new intelligence surfaced that Russia issued bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers in Quizzes
FLASHBACK: Mavericks NeededAlmost two years ago, we made the call for Mavericks – people who challenge the status quo; people who defend the dignity of
Introducing the Diplomacy CaucusThe ongoing impeachment hearings in Washington, DC have had the unintended consequence of dragging down the morale of America’s News
People of Hong Kong Receive Leadership AwardThe second annual John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service has been awarded to the people of Hong Kong in recognition News
Join we hold these truths and take action on human rights