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17 Feb, 9 tweets, 2 min read
BREAKING: We’re calling on President Biden to pause all federal government use of face recognition technology.

This tech is flawed, biased against people of color, women, trans people, and more.

Even if it worked exactly as advertised, it would be a nightmare. Let’s explain.
Study after study has confirmed this bias.

One study showed that face recognition tech failed in identifying Black women nearly 1/3 of the time, but was more accurate on white men.

Subsequent studies, including by @ACLU_NorCal and the government, have confirmed these findings.
These biases have real consequences that disproportionately harm Black people.

Robert Williams, Michael Oliver, and Nijeer Parks are all Black men who were wrongly arrested and detained because of this technology.…
Even if face recognition tech worked perfectly, it would be a civil liberties nightmare — giving the government the ability to track us to houses of worship, protests, healthcare appointments, intimate partners’ homes — harming our rights to privacy, speech, and association.
And face recognition technology would surely be used to exacerbate over-policing of communities of color, immigrant communities, poor communities, and others already bearing the brunt of the criminal enforcement system.
Government use of this technology goes beyond law enforcement. It is already being deployed in schools, public housing, and other spaces.

Face recognition tech has no place in our daily lives. It only exacerbates the systemic biases that already exist.
Over the past two years, activists and local leaders have passed bans on government use of face recognition tech in more than a dozen cities and states.

But local authorities have no power over federal agencies like the FBI or ICE, which can still use the technology anywhere.
Right now, President Biden can:

✔️ Sign an executive order halting federal use of face recognition technology
✔️ Limit state and local governments’ ability to purchase the technology with federal money
✔️ Support the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act
Never before has the government possessed a surveillance tool this dangerous.

Tell President Biden to honor his promise to center racial equity and put a stop to this invasive technology.…

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19 Feb
COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on people living in nursing homes and congregate settings.

Congress must act to protect essential workers and ensure people with disabilities can access needed services safely in their own homes — not in institutions overwhelmed by COVID-19.
Congress must make sure that additional Medicaid funding for Home and Community Based Services is in the next COVID relief package to protect people with disabilities, seniors and support essential workers.
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18 Feb
BREAKING: Ahead of Attorney General-designate Merrick Garland’s Senate confirmation hearing, we’re urging him to make strong, on-the-record commitments on five critical criminal justice issues.
To combat the mass incarceration epidemic, Attorney General Garland must:

▫️Direct prosecutors to stop charging mandatory minimums when alternative charges are available
▫️De-prioritize marijuana prosecutions, as well as misdemeanor possession cases
▫️Support the MORE Act
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▫️Adopt a federal use of force standard
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17 Feb
BREAKING: Today, the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties hosted a hearing on HR 40, a bill that would not only study the history of slavery and racial discrimination, but also make recommendations for reparations to Congress.
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All of the levers of government can work to ensure that ALL people living in America — no matter our race, sexuality, gender identity, disability, religion, or faith — have equal access to our country's promises of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We're making specific demands of the Biden administration and Congress that will advance societal equity for and empower the civic participation of Black people, close the racial wealth gap, and seek to reconcile our nation's racist past.

These policies include:
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Attacks on trans youth in sports are showing up in dozens of state legislatures nationwide.

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But the lack of concrete action to rescind and unwind more unlawful and inhumane policies that this administration inherited — and now owns — is concerning.
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