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Social justice supergroup boosts activism in North County



Social justice supergroup boosts activism in North County

REGION — A new supergroup of North County organizations, intended to bolster activist participation, laid out a police reform game plan at its September Zoom meeting.

The two-month-old North County Equity and Justice Coalition (EJC) consists of more than 20 organizations committed to issues varying from racial justice to environmental justice, such as the North County NAACP and CleanEarth4Kids.

With the recent spotlight on police brutality , EJC is setting out to ensure activism doesn’t fizzle out — something coalition co-founder Yusef Miller has seen consistently.

Now, the coalition is pushing for a more streamlined and tactical approach to reforms.

At this month’s meeting, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Policy Associate Chelsey Birgisdóttir presented research released last year by the ACLU and the policy organization Campaign Zero. Biased policing from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department was found against several groups, including people with disabilities and the Latinx and LGBT communities.

Black individuals were stopped by Sheriff deputies at a 130% higher rate than white people. Once stopped, Black people were 47% more likely to have force used against them, even though searching them didn’t result in finding contraband as often as searching white people did.Birgisdóttir presented to EJC a four-step policy package, “Police […]

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