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Bucks NAACP Forms Criminal Justice Committee Focused on Education, Police Relations, & Legislation Reform

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To push forward racial equality, the Bucks County Chapter of the NAACP has created a criminal justice and education committee during a time of unease and tension around the country.


The committee is aimed at helping "develop and implement strategies to advance racial equality in policing; encourage full voting participation; promote anti-racist policies, practices, and culture in schools; and increase public awareness of racism," organizers said.


Inspired by strong public support throughout Bucks County that included multiple rallies and protests following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis in May, the committee will bring together longtime social justice leaders with "volunteers who are new to the cause to focus on key areas of opportunity."


“Every child in Bucks County should grow up knowing they are valued and their future is bright, and every person should know they can count on equal protection under the law,” said Karen Downer, NAACP Bucks County Branch president. “We look forward to productive discussions with county, municipal, police, school and community leaders about how we can ensure equal treatment for Black and Brown people and embrace the value of our diversity to strengthen our county.”


The committee focused on education, police relations and legislative changes will be led by labor, employee relations and municipal law attorney Patrice Tisdale, of Warrington, and former state Rep. Helen Tai, who now runs a consulting firm.


The group said it hopes to bring together those of all racial backgrounds who are committed to racial justice. Those interested in joining can contact the group at or visit its Facebook page.

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