Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission opens in Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco

Late last month the city of Boston announced it would form a “Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission” to review racial inequities, police violence and misconduct in the legal system.

Boston becomes one of just three cities to convene and pilot such a commission with the hope that more shall follow. District attorneys in Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco have all pledged to create the commissions with a goal of starting work as early as this fall.

Inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation commissions formed when apartheid ended in South Africa in the 1990s, these groups will be overseen by district attorneys who could decide to prosecute

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No. It's functioning exactly the way those who designed and built it intended it to function. It was not built to give us justice. It was built to oppress us. So today, we begin tearing it down, and replacing it with something imaginative and new, something redemptive. ⁣ ⁣ 25 years ago, in the shadows of Apartheid in South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was formed to properly address generations of racial injustice that had been all but ignored. ⁣ ⁣ It’s TIME for the United States to do the same. ⁣ ⁣ Today we are announcing the formation of the Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission. ⁣ ⁣ In spite of all of our movements for change, the thing we call the justice system in the United States has never been a reliable, competent, compassionate, professional, respectful tool for justice for tens of millions of Americans. ⁣ ⁣ Instead, it has often been a cruel and oppressive force of injustice for African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, immigrants, members of the LGBTQIA community, and all marginalized communities. Consequently, when marginalized people have needed to finally rely on this system for justice, it has routinely failed them in the worst ways imaginable. This isn't a bug in the system, but a feature. It's operating exactly the way it was designed and built to function. That’s why we’re imagining and building something new.⁣ ⁣ Today, in partnership with the District Attorneys of San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Boston – Chesa Boudin, Larry Krasner, and Rachael Rollins, we are announcing the formation of the Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission to actually process and address the injustices of the past that simply were not given the time, attention, and dignity that they deserved. We expect the formation process to last at least until this fall when the local commissions will then announce the next steps for impacted individuals and families to formally submit cases to be considered.⁣ ⁣ Follow us today. ⁣ ⁣ Join us and support the work @ TJRC.org or by clicking the link in our bio.

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