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Press Statement May 20, 2021

NAACP, UnidosUS Unite to Host Town Hall on Policing in America

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(Washington, D.C.) — On Thursday, May 27, 2021, NAACP and Unidos will Host "Reunite to Reform" (FPO), a joint town hall on policing in America. Panelist for the town hall includes Janet Murguía, president and CEO, UnidosUS; Congresswoman Karen Bass, U.S. Representative for California; Derrick Johnson, president, and CEO, NAACP; Congressman Jesús G. "Chuy" García, U.S. Representative for Illinois'; and Art Acevedo, Miami Police Commissioner.'

"The growing conversation about the role of policing in this country is essential to the strength and progression of our nation," said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP. "As we witnessed over the last several years, a call for accountability, transparency, and responsible policing has reached a fever pitch — now is the time to discuss what policing in America looks like for the future."

"The over-policing of our communities has long been a burden for both the Black and Latino communities and at greatest risk are our young men and boys, like the recent shooting of a 13-year-old boy, Adam Toledo, in Chicago. This town hall is both an opportunity to spotlight the policing crisis affecting our communities and a call to action to continue our work together on a long-overdue systemic solution," said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía.

The event will be hosted LIVE on Facebook.com on NAACP and UnidosUS pages. Callers can also participate via interactive toll-free conference call. To join via phone, dial (312) 626-6799 and enter 92174993294#. Join the conversation on social media by following @NAACP, @weareunidosus.

Click here to RSVP: bit.ly/ReuniteToReform

Media Contact:

Marc Banks, NAACP: dbanks@naacpnet.org

Christopher Allbritton, UnidosUS: news@unidosus.org

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About NAACP

Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but separated in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the nation's first civil and human rights law organization and shares our commitment to equal rights.

About UnidosUS

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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