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MOBB United Action in SUPPORT of Texas HB 2702

Background: The Sandra Bland Act was introduced by Texas legislator Garnet Coleman. This proposal would limit police searches during stops, add reporting requirements for racial profiling, and create an independent ombudsman to monitor inmates' rights and services.

It is currently in the Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety committee. To ensure the bill moves out of the committee, we have 2 areas of focus:

First - Committee Chair Phil King needs to move the bill to a vote. Here are talking points for a conversation with Representative King or his staff.

  • My name is  _____________________  I'm calling from MOBB United for Social Change
  • MOBB United has brought together over 170,000 concerned mothers who want to change the perceptions of black men and black boys and impact policies that negatively affect our sons - black boys and black men.
  • I'm a resident of the state of Texas and am calling to urge Representative King to move the Sandra Bland Act forward in his committee.  There was a hearing on the bill last Tuesday, April 11th.  We urge Chairman King to make the bill a priority and put it to a vote so it can move out of committee.
  • Despite data showing that black men and boys do not commit crimes at rates higher than any other racial group, racial minorities are more likely than white Americans to be arrested; once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, they are more likely to face stiff sentences. 
  • African-American males are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white males and 2.5 times more likely than Hispanic males.
  • Do not use our sons as scapegoats.  Among other important reforms, the legislation would greatly impact these disparities and expand what qualifies as racial and ethnic profiling; mandate people experiencing a mental health crisis and substance abuse be diverted to treatment over jail.
  • Please take action and move the Sandra Bland Act to a vote

You can use this form to call or tweet Phil King right now.

 

 

 

Second - We need these committee members to support the bill when the vote happens. 

  • My name is  _____________________  I'm calling from MOBB United for Social Change
  • MOBB United has brought together over 170,000 concerned mothers who want to change the perceptions of black men and black boys and impact policies that negatively affect our sons - black boys and black men.
  • I'm a resident of the state of Texas and am calling to urge you as a committee member to vote in favor of the Sandra Bland Act  when it comes up for a vote in committee.  
  • Despite data showing that black men and boys do not commit crimes at rates higher than any other racial group, racial minorities are more likely than white Americans to be arrested; once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, they are more likely to face stiff sentences. 
  • African-American males are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white males and 2.5 times more likely than Hispanic males.
  • Do not use our sons as scapegoats.  Among other important reforms, the legislation would greatly impact these disparities and expand what qualifies as racial and ethnic profiling; mandate people experiencing a mental health crisis and substance abuse be diverted to treatment over jail.
  • Please take action and support the Sandra Bland Act

 

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