Justice System Reform

Open Letter Calling on all U.S. Political Parties to Adopt Platforms that Repeal the Muslim Travel Ban, Reverse Historic-Low Cap on Refugees

We the undersigned organizational representatives of the African, Arab, Iranian, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian American communities; interfaith partners; and civil, education, human and immigrant rights allies, call on all national political parties to include repealing the Muslim Ban and reversing the all-time-low cap on the annual number of refugees admitted into the United States as signature issues in their 2020 party platforms.

PACT’s Dialogue & Action Calls for Santa Clara County Police Chiefs and County Sheriff to train officers on implicit bias and procedural justice

People Acting in Community Together


Contacts: Frank Richardson, 408.307.1118, franklin_richardson@yahoo.com; Yeme Girma, 408.396.4084, yemieg@yahoo.com; Akemi Flynn, 408.504.8030 or akemi@pactsj.org; Jesus Ruiz, 408.230.5239, jesus@pactsj.org




PACT’s Dialogue & Action Calls for Santa Clara County Police Chiefs
and County Sheriff to train officers on implicit bias and procedural justice


Who: Police Chiefs from San Jose, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Campbell and Sunnyvale, the Santa Clara County Sheriff Smith and District Attorney Rosen will meet with hundreds of diverse community members and faith leaders.


What: People Acting in Community Together (PACT) is hosting its first gathering of police chiefs from across Santa Clara County. The chiefs, sheriff and DA will share unique insight and experiences on best practices for public safety. Community members will share their experiences with law enforcement and ideas for positive changes.


PACT will ask the chiefs and Sheriff to commit to implementing training and to have follow-up meeting with community members to work for increased transparency and accountability that are essential to community trust which is necessary for safety and justice for all, community members and police.


The event aims to transform the community through dialogue between the community and the local law enforcement to build understanding across different experiences, to promote safety and justice for all. 


When: May 31, 2018, 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm


Where: Emmanuel Baptist Church, 467 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127


Why:  This Dialogue is especially urgent following local and national incidents and concerns about safety, racial profiling, including two major student mass murders; police calls about “suspicious” Black people in cities across the region and country; the killing of Stephon Clark and Stevie Juarez by police; and the Santa Clara County Grand Jury recommendation for local law enforcement training on mental health issues to end the OIS (office involved shootings) and fatalities.  


This is PACT's 8th Beloved Community Dialogue since we launched on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr weekend in 2015.  Past Dialogues and the work between events has resulted in significant positive changes at SJPD, such as the no choke-hold policy, mandatory body worn cameras, de-escalation training, and more.


This Dialogue will highlight best practices from the important changes in police policies and practices that we have been able to achieve through PACT, SJPD and the Independent Police Auditor working together over the past few years.


The President of the California Police Chiefs Association, Chief David Swing of Morgan Hill, will participate with other members of the Santa Clara County Police Chiefs Association invited by SJPD Chief Garcia.


The goal is to engage more police chiefs and to develop strong partnerships between community members and their police departments across the county.  This is important to community members across the county, as many have interactions with law enforcement in other cities throughout the region.

Local Faith Leaders Convene Law Enforcement, Elected Officials and Community for Dialogue on Body Worn Cameras

SAN JOSÉ, CA       

WHO:       Faith and community leaders from PACT: People Acting in Community Together with SJ/SV NAACP will meet with San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia, City Councilmembers, County Supervisors, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and other public officials concerned about improving trust between community members and law enforcement to promote and protect safety and justice.

WHEN:     Thursday, April 21, 2015, 7:00-9:00pm

WHERE:    Emmanuel Baptist Church, 467 N. White Road, San Jose 95127

WHY:        All SJPD officers will soon have body worn cameras, and more law enforcement agencies, locally and nationally, are moving in this direction, too.

Hundreds of diverse community members concerned about police-community relations and police accountability will gather to address the questions:  

  • What community concerns and fears do law enforcement officials need to understand?
  • What law enforcement issues should community members be aware of?
  • What should be included in the camera policy to improve safety, justice, and trust?

Since last year, in response to the urgent need for improved police-community relations and accountability, PACT's Beloved Community multiracial, multi-faith team has been leading both relationship-building and systemic change through:  

  • Dialogue: Testimonies and small group discussion; diverse community members, law enforcement and others public officials build understanding across different backgrounds and experiences in order to create the change urgently needed in interactions between law enforcement and community members. 
  • Policy Change:  PACT's Beloved Community team is working with the San Jose City Council, Police Department, Police Officers Association to implement police accountability more quickly and with greater transparency and community involvement.

At the event, PACT Leaders will ask San Jose City Councilmember Chappie Jones, Police Chief Eddie Garcia, a San Jose Police Officers Association Board Member to commit to including community input in the review of the body-worn camera policy in 6 months, after testing through initial implementation.  Typically, this kind of police policy is determined through closed door negotiations between the City and the union, but the process is being opened up, based on organizing from PACT and the police recognition of the value of building community trust.