July 10, 2020
National Muslim Organization Applauds BREATHE Act, Introduced by Rep. Tlaib and Rep. Pressley
Washington, DC- Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley have introduced the BREATHE Act, which organizers are calling a modern-day Civil Rights Act. The legislation, drafted in partnership with the Movement for Black Lives, would divest from prisons and police departments, put an end to mandatory minimum prison sentencing and life sentences, and abolish the Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, among many other stipulations intended to propose changes to the criminal justice system.
“Right now the streets are swelling with demands for a new future and a new policy mandate. The Movement for Black Lives has responded with a vision that reflects these demands on a federal level. Our movement is strong, and we’re inviting our nation’s leaders to join us in making this vision a reality.” – Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Movement
“The BREATHE Act is a game-changer as we think through policy reform to ensure that our criminal justice system is one that actually yields justice, rather than disproportionately targeting black communities. This comprehensive approach would divest from programs that perpetuate mass incarceration and invest in areas to create healthy and equitable communities. We urge Congress to pass this important legislation.” – Wa’el Alzayat, CEO of Emgage Action
Emgage Action is a Muslim civic advocacy organization, with national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and state chapters in Michigan, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New York.