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22 Feb, 8 tweets, 2 min read
The racial wealth gap is one of the greatest barriers to systemic equality.

The net worth of a white family is 10x greater than that of a Black family. This is the result of centuries of systemic racism.…
One reason the racial wealth gap persists is that checking and savings accounts are more difficult for Black people to open and more expensive to maintain.

Banks have created "banking deserts" out of most majority-Black areas — a fact that's true regardless of income.
The traditional financial services industry hits poor Black communities even harder because it charges higher fees to these communities, exacerbating the racial wealth gap.
We can address this problem under existing law by connecting more Americans to essential financial services at an affordable rate through the USPS.

This means allowing people to access services like check cashing and domestic money transfers at our neighborhood post offices.
This isn't a new or radical idea: the post office is already the single largest provider of money orders, and there are Office of Inspector General reports laying out how this could work from as far back as 2014.… Graphic from a post office report that shows an image of the
This would be a massively important change for the 64 million unbanked or underbanked people in this country.

Nearly HALF of Black Americans fall into one of those categories.….
So how do we do this? The first move is for President Biden to fill the vacancies on the Postal Board of Governors.

He must choose candidates who are pro-post office and pro-racial justice.
When access to essential financial services is equal, we begin to level the playing field and create opportunities for all people to prosper.

That is racial justice.

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COVID-19 is exacerbating this crisis.…
This racial disparity isn’t an accident: It tracks with a racial wealth gap, which finds that the average white family has accumulated wealth that is 10x more than the average Black family.

This gap is the result of centuries of systemic racism.
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BREAKING: Today, we filed an amicus brief with @NAACP_LDF, @RSI, and @ACLUFL in SCOTUS, arguing the that the First Step Act made all people sentenced under harsh and unfair crack cocaine drug laws eligible for resentencing.…
This case will determine whether relief is possible for people serving extraordinarily long sentences for crack cocaine offenses handed down under an almost universally condemned law that led to vast racial disparities.
From 1986 to 2010, people convicted for possessing 5 grams of crack cocaine were treated the same as those convicted for possessing 500 grams of powder cocaine.

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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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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
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▫️Adopt a federal use of force standard
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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.…
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