RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT AND CONDEMNING POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

WHEREAS, NSO, individually and collectively, affirms the dignity and the humanity of all people for which justice and equity are fundamental human rights, and;

WHEREAS, policing in the United States has a genesis and legacy of state-sanctioned, systemic violence against and trauma towards communities of color, motivated in part by a profit-driven prison industry, and;

WHEREAS, police brutality and violence are endemic and symptoms of broader, systemic racism prevalent in this country where economic justice and racial justice are inextricably linked, and;

WHEREAS, a substantive body of research and data details the extent to which punitive discipline policies and violence at the hands of school-based police and other school security personnel adversely and disproportionately affect our union colleagues and the communities they serve, and;

WHEREAS, the beatings and murders of people of color by police, visually documented yet failing to result in substantive accountability, continue to spark national and international protests against police violence and brutality, and;

WHEREAS, individual NSO members actively support and engage in related collective action and advocacy.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that NSO:

● Strongly supports the Black Lives Matter movement to end police violence against communities of color.

● Encourages and supports the efforts of our members and affiliates, on behalf of racial justice, to end all forms of racism.

● Condemns, in the strongest terms, violence by police and other civil servants against communities of color and against protestors exercising their constitutional rights.

Adopted by NSO Executive Committee – June 2022