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The Activated People The Activated People (TAP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting racial justice.

09/13/2022
Reparations: A History

On Sep 13 at 6:30 pm, The Activated People (TAP) will host a virtual discussion on reparations. This is the first in a series of discussions TAP will host on the subject. This first program will provide the audience with a fundamental understanding of why reparations are necessary. We will also retrace the timeline of the struggle for reparations, and explore what reparations could look like if implemented.

The program will feature leaders from The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA). N'COBRA, founded in 1987, is a coalition organized for the sole purpose of obtaining reparations for descendants of enslaved Africans in the United States.

09/09/2022
If you're a resident of VA and interested in promoting #racialjustice for Black people I urge you to join @activatedpeop...
08/18/2022
TAP Relaunch Video

If you're a resident of VA and interested in promoting #racialjustice for Black people I urge you to join @activatedpeople. Check out our re-launch video.

The Activated People are re-tooled, re-energized and re-activated. Check out this video to learn about some of our past work, what we plan on prioritizing in...

08/16/2022
This is a masterful dissection and take down of America's racist and flawed education system. I always suspected the US ...
08/15/2022

This is a masterful dissection and take down of America's racist and flawed education system. I always suspected the US World and News Report college rankings was 🗑 and biased against #HBCUs but this examination of the methodology confirms it.

Please see the attached flyer about a prayer vigil area interfaith leaders are hosting tomorrow about the selection of F...
05/03/2021

Please see the attached flyer about a prayer vigil area interfaith leaders are hosting tomorrow about the selection of Fairfax County Police Chief Davis. All are welcome to attend. Feel free to share.

As you may be aware, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has announced that effective May 3, 2021, Mr. Kevin Davis w...
04/30/2021

As you may be aware, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has announced that effective May 3, 2021, Mr. Kevin Davis will be the next Fairfax County Police Chief. There are a number of concerns surrounding the lack of transparency throughout the selection process and the lack of accountability to the public.

Since the announcement of the selection of Mr. Davis, troubling information about his law enforcement record has come to light, most notably through an NBC4 report linked here:

NBC4 Story About Kevin Davis: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/fairfax-county-incoming-police-chief-appointed-despite-lawsuits-over-force-in-prince-georges/2652659/?fbclid=IwAR2unbrg6KmWxXeMBePcbHePhv9h3hnoXJKId_5fQF6Yp1P9y9XCu28l0bc

To date, there has been no formal response by the Board of Supervisor or Mr. Davis regarding these specific issues. In a time where there has been significant media focus on police use of force, victims of police brutality, and the murder of George Floyd, this selection is not only tone-deaf but potentially dangerous.

We encourage you to take a moment to reach out to your County Supervisor and the chairman of the Board of Supervisors via email and express your concerns. For convenience, we have provided a sample letter as well as contact information:

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Supervisor (Insert name),

I am writing to express my concerns regarding the recent decision by the Board of Supervisors to select Mr. Kevin Davis as the next Police Chief for Fairfax County. Recent reporting in the local news has identified some concerning incidents in Mr. Davis’ law enforcement record involving excessive use of force. I minimally request from the Board of Supervisors and Mr. Davis regarding these incidents and for the Board of Supervisors to reconsider whether or this selection is the best choice for Fairfax County.

Respectfully Submitted,

Insert Name


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS EMAIL CONTACTS

Chairman Jeffrey McKay - Chairman- At-Large – [email protected]
Supervisor Penelope Gross – Mason District – [email protected]
Supervisor James Walkinshaw – Braddock District – [email protected]
Supervisor Daniel Storck – Mount Vernon District - [email protected]
Supervisor John Foust – Dranesville District – [email protected]
Supervisor Dahlia Palchik – Providence District – [email protected]
Supervisor Walter Alcorn – Hunter Mill District – [email protected]
Supervisor Pat Herrity – Springfield District – [email protected]
Supervisor Rodney Lusk – Lee District – [email protected]
Supervisor Kathy Smith – Sully District – [email protected]nty.gov


Unsure of your district/supervisor? Visit this link:
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/myneighborhood/

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04/21/2021
This TAP podcast episode features interviews with Co-founder of the Humanization Project, Gin Carter, and Kenneth Newkir...
02/19/2021
COVID-19 in Prison in Virginia - The Activated People

This TAP podcast episode features interviews with Co-founder of the Humanization Project, Gin Carter, and Kenneth Newkirk who is incarcerated at the Wallens Ridge State Prison discussing how COVID-19 is being handled in Virginia's jails and prisons. Please contact your state legislator to demand justice, oversight and accountability for those incarcerated. This crisis is far from over.

This episode features interviews with Co-founder of the Humanization Project, Gin Carter and Kenneth Newkirk who is incarcerated at the Wallens Ridge State Prison discussing how COVID-19 is being handled in Virginia's jails and prisons.

On Monday 2/15 @ 6:30 PM The Activated People and Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition will co-host a discus...
02/15/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Police Gang Database Transparency meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

On Monday 2/15 @ 6:30 PM The Activated People and Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition will co-host a discussion to update everyone on the status of statewide efforts to promote transparency and due process in how police process people into gang databases. We would also like to use this opportunity to discuss ways we can promote that transparency at the local level.

If you are interested in joining this effort and learning more please register using the information below.

When: Feb 15, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsduGqqzwsG9OvW-duNFfZGL7d-guFrTL7

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Thank you!

This meeting is to begin organizing efforts to promote police gang database transparency locally and update on statewide efforts.

The Northern Virginia Gang Taskforce is ending use of GangNET, a gang database that is populated by over 7,700 area resi...
01/28/2021
Virginia police task force drops use of controversial gang database

The Northern Virginia Gang Taskforce is ending use of GangNET, a gang database that is populated by over 7,700 area residents - eighty percent of whom are Black and Latinx. This decision came on the heels of an advocacy effort by The Activated People. We highlighted the fact that this database and others like it are terribly inaccurate because they are based on highly subjective criteria, and offer no due process or transparency. This is part of a larger effort to bring transparency and accountability to all gang databases in Virginia, as we're also urging our legislature to pass HB2226. If you would like to speak in support of HB2226, it will be heard tomorrow in the House Public Safety Committee at 9 AM. Register here to speak or submit written testimony: https://hodspeak.house.virginia.gov/submit_testimony?meeting_id=9224

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/gangnet-database-controversy/2021/01/27/0decb3d4-5bfd-11eb-b8bd-ee36b1cd18bf_story.html

Activists are concerned minorities are disproportionately represented in GangNet and its use is shrouded in secrecy.

The Activated People is proud to support Virginia House Bill 2226 introduced by Delegate Kaye Kory which would accomplis...
01/14/2021

The Activated People is proud to support Virginia House Bill 2226 introduced by Delegate Kaye Kory which would accomplish the following:

- Create stronger guidelines for how law enforcement labels individuals as gang members
- Create due process regulations to allow individuals to be notified when they are entered into gang databases, and create a process to appeal that decision
- Enhance transparency by mandating law enforcement generate annual reports of the number of database entries

Read more https://conta.cc/39weCRE

2020 was just the beginning. We are hitting the ground running in 2021. Check out our newsletter to learn more. https://...
12/31/2020

2020 was just the beginning. We are hitting the ground running in 2021. Check out our newsletter to learn more. https://conta.cc/3rJClG4

As the curtain closes on the Trump era and the incoming Biden administration readies itself to assume power, progressive...
11/17/2020
What will Biden do to advance gender equity? | The Activated People

As the curtain closes on the Trump era and the incoming Biden administration readies itself to assume power, progressives face a two-fold challenge ahead: to grow a stronger public base to counter the right’s assault on gender equity and hold Joe Biden and the Democrats accountable to their grandiose promises. - Devorah Levy-Pearlman
https://www.theactivatedpeople.com/what-will-biden-do-to-advance-gender-equity/

What steps will President Joe Biden take to advance gender equity?

Even though a lot was accomplished during the special session, the work to reform police will continue into the 2021 reg...
11/10/2020
Annan and Gastañaga: Sheriff's offices should have oversight

Even though a lot was accomplished during the special session, the work to reform police will continue into the 2021 regular session. Let your representatives know you want Sheriffs to be held to the same accountability standards as police. - Kofi Annan https://roanoke.com/townnews/institutes/annan-and-gasta-aga-sheriffs-offices-should-have-oversight/article_27ef17c6-1964-11eb-b7bd-1fad72bcfe66.html

The passage of SB5035 and HB5055 during the 2020 Special Session, which can lead to strengthened civilian oversight of law enforcement, is good news for the Commonwealth. The legislation is

"Given that Democrats have won the popular vote in seven out of the last eight elections, what would the United States a...
11/09/2020
It's Time to Abolish the Electoral College | The Activated People

"Given that Democrats have won the popular vote in seven out of the last eight elections, what would the United States and the world look like if George W. Bush and Donald Trump, having lost the popular vote in each of their first elections, had never had the chance to unleash their destructive policies, both domestically and internationally?"

Article Link: https://www.theactivatedpeople.com/its-time-to-abolish-the-electoral-college/

By the time Joe Biden was named President-Elect on Saturday morning, he was already leading President Trump by over 4 million in the popular vote count. So why, if Biden was ahead by such a large margin, did the race appear so close?

"What’s an organizer to do when the majority of people across the political spectrum support shifting money from policin...
11/06/2020
Los Angeles County Votes to Defund the Police | The Activated People

"What’s an organizer to do when the majority of people across the political spectrum support shifting money from policing to social services, but only a minority support “defunding the police”? Los Angeles County’s Measure J might just show the way."

Article Link: https://www.theactivatedpeople.com/los-angeles-county-votes-to-defund-the-police/

What's an organizer to do when the majority of people across the political spectrum support shifting money from policing to social services, but only a minority support "defunding the police"? Los Angeles County's Measure J might just show the way.

"As expected, the President of the United States is trying to steal the election. As planned, he falsely claimed early v...
11/05/2020
Protect Democracy and #CountEveryVote | The Activated People

"As expected, the President of the United States is trying to steal the election. As planned, he falsely claimed early victory on Tuesday night when he initially appeared to be leading in key swing states."

Article Link: https://www.theactivatedpeople.com/protect-democracy-and-counteveryvote/

The "leader" of the free world is trying to dismantle democracy-- we can't let him get away with it. By Devorah Levy-Pearlman As expected, the President of the United States is trying t

"The long, slow count that everyone feared is on. It will take time. Trump was making his outrageous claims. Biden was c...
11/04/2020
Biden: ‘It Ain’t Over Till Every Vote Is Counted, Every Ballot Is Counted’

"The long, slow count that everyone feared is on. It will take time. Trump was making his outrageous claims. Biden was countering them with the facts and with clear faith in a democratic process that -- despite the president's lies -- is functioning as it can, and must."

Article Link: https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/biden-trump-election-night-speech/

On election night, as the long count continued, Trump made outrageous claims. Biden countered them with the facts, and a measure of optimism.

"Young people know that the fate of our planet is on the ballot. In the face of great uncertainty and despair, and in sp...
11/03/2020
Climate Change Mobilizing Young Voters | The Activated People

"Young people know that the fate of our planet is on the ballot. In the face of great uncertainty and despair, and in spite of traditionally low youth voter engagement, the young Left is creating energetic and formidable movements to shift public consciousness, win elections, and demand tangible policy commitments from legislators to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable. Far from falling into the trappings of the "lazy millennial" trope, thousands of young activists have made climate change their central cause célèbre."

Article Link: https://www.theactivatedpeople.com/climate-change-mobilizing-young-voters/

With decisive electoral battles on the horizon, Zoomers and Millennials are organizing themselves through youth-led movements like Sunrise Movement to get pro-climate candidates into office and move t

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The Activated People LLC (TAP) is the nation’s premier online magazine and media platform dedicated to highlighting the progressive social justice topics shaping America’s cultural landscape, and showcasing the activists on the front lines of these battles. The publication serves as a hub for grassroots activists and those seeking to network and gain a deeper understanding of the issues. It is the brainchild of Mr. Kofi Annan, who is himself a social justice activist residing in northern Virginia.

TAP covers the full spectrum of topics to include: Racial/Ethnic Discrimination, Immigration, Economic Justice, Criminal Justice, Gun Control, Women’s Rights, Healthcare, Environmental Justice, Education, Voting Rights, and LGBTQ Rights.

The Activated People (TAP) was founded by Mr. Kofi Annan in 2019. Mr. Annan previously served as the president of the Fairfax County, Virginia National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 2016 to 2019. The branch led multiple successful advocacy efforts including: convincing the county to designate over $10M for affordable housing and police body-worn cameras; helped draft the county’s first police body-worn camera policy; adoption of county-funded five-year study to eliminate its pre-K waiting list; adoption of county-funded study aimed at eliminating racial disparity in police use of force; reform of the County’s School Resource officer policy which led to an almost 60% reduction in student arrests; and successfully advocated for the Fairfax County Public Schools to reform their teacher hiring practices to help reduce discrimination against African American teachers. Under his leadership the branch experienced a dramatic increase in advocacy efforts, resulting in the branch being awarded the Thalheimer Award, a National NAACP recognition as the best unit of its size in the country. He also served as the Virginia State Conference NAACP Criminal Justice Committee Chair, where he led the first ever state-wide Criminal Justice Symposium, championed legislation aimed at reforming police practices and policies, prosecutorial reform, and prison reform, juvenile justice, eliminating hate crimes.

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