We are deeply disturbed and saddened by the recent events revealing the systemic problems of racism and policing that continue to plague minorities and people of color. The protests in cities across our nation, including our own, serve to remind us how crucial the work of justice ministry continues to be in the midst of our current crisis. We stand with those who are victims of social injustice everywhere and are committed to the work that brings systemic change to our communities for a more just and equitable society for all.
Thank you to all our members who have fought with us for systemic changes in our community like:
- Got the youth civil citation program expanded so now 800 children annually receive a civil citation instead of getting a lifelong arrest record
- Won an alternative-to-out-of-school suspensions for our children so they can graduate
- Got the question asking if you’ve ever been arrested from City of Tampa job applications to give people a fair chance at being hired
- Extended late-night bus services for people working night shifts
And of course, our most recent work on increasing affordable housing, mental health services, and ensuring Tampa Police are trained in Crisis Intervention Training.
Let’s continue to work side-by-side to improve our community — because in Hillsborough County, we have HOPE for Justice.