People For the American Way Foundation

Young Elected Officials Share Black Lives & Policing Resource Portal to Push Activism, Reimagine Public Safety Nationwide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2020

Contact: Kawana Lloyd atPeople For the American Way

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 240.472.2860

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the midst of a new wave of activism calling for transformative, systemic change that affirms Black lives and radically reimagines community-centered public safety, People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network (YEO), today, released its latest online resource, “Black Lives & American Policing,” to advance solutions to police violence against Black Americans.

The online resource includes links to policies introduced and/or passed by YEOs around the country, links to partner resources, readings on anti-racism, examples of community action, a list of upcoming events, as well as tips for self care.

The “Black Lives & American Policing” features the outstanding work of YEOs including St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, Minneapolis Councilman Jeremiah Ellison, and Mayor Candace Hollingsworth of Hyattsville, Maryland, who recently outlined 35 racial-equity policy goals for her city that funds healing circles for Black people and includes provisions to explicitly address the effects of systemic racism for Black people.

“YEO Network stands in solidarity with the movement for Black lives and has long supported our members — including the members of our YEO Black Caucus — to advance solutions to police violence in Black communities,” said Svante Myrick, Mayor of Ithaca, New York, and Director of People For the American Way Foundation’s Youth Leadership Program. “At such an important moment in our history and an equally critical moment for change, our members are telling their stories to support their work on behalf of all the people in their communities for whom justice is long overdue.”

The YEO Network includes more than 1,300 members and alumni across the country, serving their communities and fighting for progressive values in offices ranging from local school boards to the United States Congress. Its membership is 39 percent women, 78 percent people of color, and 14 percent LGBTQ. Program members and alumni include Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, former HUD secretary Julián Castro and Congressman Joaquin Castro, and former Georgia state legislator and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams.

YEO is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Because of the coronavirus, the Network has postponed its 15th Annual National Convening, which was scheduled in Atlanta for late April. Throughout this anniversary year, YEO is creating virtual, social distance-friendly ways for members to share information, learn and engage, while also planning contingencies for other 2020 programming, including Regional YEO Mixers, a 2020 Women’s Fellowship, a special Policy Academy, and its Front Line Leaders Academy, a six-month training program for aspiring community leaders. In June, YEO announced the recipients of theYEO Network’s “35 Under 35” award to honor passionate progressives currently holding office who are dedicated to building freedom, fairness and opportunity for all.

About the Young Elected Officials Network 

The Young Elected Officials Network (YEO) was founded in 2005 with the mission to unite and support elected officials ages 35 and under who share a passion for building communities that reflect values of freedom, fairness, and opportunity for all.

A program of, by, and for young, passionate progressives holding elected office across the country, the YEO Network is committed to policy aligned with our vision for a fair, just society. The YEO Network provides cutting edge programming, investing in the full pipeline of progressive leadership and building sustained relationships with our members. We provide the resources young elected officials need to effectively impact policy, foster their own development and professional growth, and elevate their leadership in the broader progressive movement.