Think Twice Before Calling the Police

“Over the course of our long history, the Religious Society of Friends has had a complicated relationship with law enforcement,” Brian Blackmore observes, reminding us that early Quakers suffered incarceration, violence, and even martyrdom under governing authorities on both sides of the Atlantic. 

That was then, though—today, it is far more likely that Black communities, and other communities of people of color, along with immigrants, LGBTQ+ communities, and poor and working class people will be the ones to experience violence at the hands of the police and the carceral state. “Our tradition is one that respects order and the law—when it is just,” Brian says. “But we cannot respect any attempt to enforce law and order which precipitates violence. We cannot… quietly stand by to witness our communities devolving into war zones.”

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