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Creating a World That Works for Black Lives

Jun 10 2020

The Berrett-Koehler Team (1)

“Ethical Markets (2) fully supports Jerroll Sanders in her tireless advocacy for justice, democratic and economic reforms in the USA to include our African-American communities.

We are honored to have Jerroll Sanders, brilliant independent IT specialist and community leader on our Advisory Board.  Jerroll says that if black lives matter, then #blackagency also has to matter.  Solutions authored by African Americans to remedy problems that adversely impact African Americans must be seen, acknowledged and acted upon.  Jerroll says she wants the nation to see, acknowledge and act upon The Equality in Policing Act (URLEIA) which will revamp policing in every jurisdiction within the United States. Hazel Henderson, Editor“

Jerroll Sanders wrote a comprehensive legislative proposal to end police brutality. I and a team have been working relentless to ensure URLEIA becomes law. The legislative proposal is called The Uniform Reporting Law Enforcement Improvement Act (URLEIA). The short name is The Equality in Policing Act. It meets the constitutional requirements needed to standardize policing in every community throughout the United States. Please sign our petition and review the legislative proposal in draft form. The link to the draft is included in the petition:

Enact The Equality in Policing Act (URLEIA) to End Police Brutality and Stem Mass Incarceration

Enact the Equality in Policing Act (URLEIA) to End Police Brutality and …

URLEIA sets in place ongoing pattern or practice (POP) investigations in every community

throughout the United States

The Equality in Policing Act is the short name for URLEIA (The Uniform Reporting Law Enforcement Improvement Act), which is a sweeping legislative proposal that will revamp policing from the ground up. Once enacted, URLEIA will end police brutality and stem the tide of mass incarceration. We ask congressional leaders to learn about URLEIA, support URLEIA and enact URLEIA into law in its most complete form. We ask members of the public to please use #URLEIA on all signage and social media posts.

Why is this important?

URLEIA sets in place ongoing pattern or practice (POP) investigations in every community throughout the United States. A Pattern or Practice Investigation is the tool the Department of Justice (DOJ) currently uses to curtail unconstitutional policing in local jurisdictions. Investigations are usually commenced by DOJ after highly-publicized use-of-force events such as the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson or the asphyxiation of George Floyd in Minnesota. URLEIA allows for the early identification and permanent removal of problem officers. URLEIA also introduces a host of new nationwide standards for policing, including a national use-of-force statute, training requirements, monitoring and measurement mechanisms, policies for interfacing with disabled citizens as well as quality standards that give rise to a best-in-class policing culture. URLEIA’s foundational principle is “smart policing,” which imposes upon law enforcement officers an obligation to preserve life and prevent injury. URLEIA introduces a national data repository that will capture data on every law enforcement agent and entity in the United States, including local policing jurisdictions, jails, prisons, juvenile facilities and private-duty security. Learn more:



We share deep grief and outrage over the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Oscar Grant, and the countless Black lives lost to unjustified use of force and violence by police, white supremacy, and various systems of oppression that have marginalized Black Americans for centuries.

Berrett-Koehler stands with Black Lives Matter. Our mission is to create a world that works for all; while Black neighbors live in fear, Black colleagues are exhausted, and Black friends worry about their family members, the world is not working for all. For too long, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and LGBTQ+ people have been silenced, marginalized, punished, and excluded from being their full and authentic selves and shaping the limitless potential of our world.

It is clear that despite our best efforts, we have a long road ahead of us to create a world that values the humanity of each and every person — this will not be possible until we reckon with the centuries of dehumanization and anti-blackness that poison our relationships, organizations, and social institutions.

We believe that change must happen at every level — personal, organizational, communal, and societal. One of the most pervasive and harmful inequalities that infect every level is racial injustice. We must take this moment to examine personal biases, relationships, and communities with the basic acknowledgment that no one of us can succeed until all of us can.

Over the last week, countless people have been wounded in body and spirit by witnessing the effects of trauma on their community. That’s why we’re giving away our best-selling book on secondary trauma, Trauma Stewardship, for free.

We hope this offering will help you care for yourself while we are being called to care for others.

In the coming weeks, we will be dedicating a significant portion of our time pulling together resources from those who guide us: our authors. We will be sharing and distributing these resources with you in the service of creating a world that works for all. We need to be willing to have tough conversations. It is not enough, and has never been enough, to be simply “not racist,” we must be vehemently anti-racist. 

In the meantime, here are some actions you can take today:

–Seek out voices advocating for racial justice, especially Black voices. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and other People of Color (BIPOC) have long advocated for equity and equality, and have the most experience with how to dismantle racial hierarchies. Engage deeply with intersectional frameworks that center the most vulnerable. Sit with the discomfort of interrogating the racial coding that exists within all of us. Buy books directly from the publisher or order from an independent bookseller.

–Donate and support civil rights organizations. Many of the demonstrations that have happened over the last week have resulted in unjust prosecution despite peaceful actions. Make sure they are supported in helping us create a world for all — where everyone is free. Organizations like the ACLUColor of Change, and the NAACP (among many) are seeking support. Look to your local community organizations first.

–Invest in diversity, equity, and inclusion in your organization. The greatest impact you can make is in your workplace and community. If you don’t know where to start, here is a free guide on how to invest and deepen your DEI work so that your colleagues and employees feel they can be psychologically safe, seen, and valued when coming to work during this traumatic time.

–Push for inclusive policy at all levels. While the presidential election commands so much media attention, it’s just as important to get involved with your local and state elections to push for inclusive policy. Call your city council members, representatives, state senators, and senators to advocate for racial justice, especially if there is a case of police violence open against a member of your community. Vote, and make your voice heard. We can no longer be silent.

We’re in this together. Onward.


The Berrett-Koehler Team


(1) – Berrett-Koehler is an independent book publisher dedicated to an ambitious mission: connecting people and ideas to create a world that works for all.What does that mean? We share ideas that lead to more positive and meaningful workplace experiences in practical, to-the-point books.

(2) – ETHICAL MARKETS MEDIA is an independent media company promoting the emergence of a sustainable, green, more ethical and just economy worldwide. We share the goals of all our non-profit groups and friends listed on our Partners/Links page.   We research, assist and report on all the new organizations: civic, non-profit and for-profit, as well as individuals working for the transition to the new economies of the dawning information-rich solar age.

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