PEACE & POLICE is a nonviolent campaign for social change, aimed at restoring trust and respect between our communities and our police. This campaign is the work of students at Virginia Union University who are majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Many of us will eventually have careers in the field of law enforcement and policing and we want the relationship between the police and our communities to be strong. This Peace & Police campaign is where we offer our thoughts and ideas about how to make this relationship the best it can be.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Republican Party strategists realized that they could play on the racism in southern states to gain political support and win elections, their "Southern Strategy." It remains relevant in this presidential election.
Make yourself heard. So easily said, yet so hard to accomplish. I believe that this is the very first step to addressing the bigger issue at hand, which is incarceration rates and the excessive abuse of police powers. We must make ourselves heard so our police officers and our criminal justice system will take the time to shine light on what can be done differently to uplift our people.