Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, two members of the Democrat ‘Squad,’ are reportedly set to introduce legislation brought forth by a group seeking to “abandon” police, prisons, and any form of punishment for lawbreakers.
Tlaib (D-MI) was joined by singer John Legend and former CNN analyst Marc Lamont Hill in unveiling the BREATHE Act earlier today.
The bill has been developed by the Electoral Justice Project for the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL).
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the legislation not only seeks to defund the police but also divest resources from incarceration and “reduce the Department of Defense budget.”
Today, we unveil the BREATHE Act, a visionary Civil Rights legislation. Join us live at 11AM ET with @RepPressley and @RepRashida and a special performance by @JohnLegendhttps://t.co/OQ8aQxVdAB #BREATHEAct pic.twitter.com/K9G0iZzTFB
— Movement 4 Black Lives (@Mvmnt4BlkLives) July 7, 2020
Tlaib and Pressley Support
Tlaib joined the group for a video conference and said she and Pressley are “committed to fully engaging with this legislation seriously, and with a sense of urgency in this historic moment.”
“It is critical that we listen to and trust the leadership of black activists around the country,” she added.
Those activists from the group she is trusting are calling for police and prisons to be abandoned.
“We are rising up against all the ways that the criminal-legal system has harmed and failed to protect Black communities,” the M4BL site reads. “The current moment requires a solution that fundamentally shifts how we envision community-care and invest in our society.
They add, “History is clear that we cannot achieve genuine safety and liberation until we abandon police, prisons, and all punishment paradigms.”
Taking a closer look at the bill summary shows just how extreme this legislation is. It not only seeks to defund the police but calls for open borders as well, a concept that would disproportionately harm the black community.
Some of the text calls for:
- Developing a time-bound plan to close all federal prisons and immigration detention centers;
- Repealing federal laws that criminalize human movement and border entry;
They also want police removed from schools “and government offices that provide social services.”
The bill even includes climate change provisions, a socialist dream come true, yes, but what it has to do with racial justice, we’re not quite sure.
The legislation calls for the passing of House Resolution 40, a bill resubmitted last year by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), which would create a ‘reparations commission.’
Tlaib has previously voiced consideration for “direct payment” of reparations …
Revolt TV reports that “the proposed bill would also abolish the Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).”
Essentially, any agency enforcing laws would be defunded, abandoned, or eliminated.
Tlaib called the BREATHE Act “meaningful” and “transformative.”
“If we listen to our community members and leaders in the streets, we can start to envision through this bill a new vision for Public Safety,” she gushed, “one that protects and affirms black lives.”
Republicans should call their bluff as they did with the Green New Deal, and get every Democrat to vote for the complete abandonment of police officers on the record.