Official Government Communication

Dear Friend,

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Here to serve,


Sen. Lena Taylor

4th District

Investigating officer-involved shootings

With growing distrust of law enforcement in our community, we need to bring black and blue together. A big part of that is addressing the integrity of investigating officer involved shootings. With officer involved shootings drawing attention across the country, it’s clear we need a better way of investigating these incidents. I’ve proposed we improve our officer involved shooting law. We need to provide more resources to improve transparency and staffing. We also must fund the Attorney General’s office adequately, so they have the staffing and team necessary. As the next session begins, I will look into improving this law so these investigations can be handled properly and openly.

MPS shows improvement

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: a quality education for our kids is crucial. As a product of MPS with a child in MPS, I am thrilled to hear improved in test scores. I want to give credit where credit is due and thank our teachers, administrators and our students. Without their hard work, this would not be possible. Last session, Republicans passed a law allowing them to remove schools from MPS if they weren’t improving. Now with MPS doing just that, we’ll see if this law was actually about improving our schools or if it was about partisan politics.


Prisoners disenfranchised

Our criminal justice system is broken. I don’t think this will be a surprise to anyone. With racial disparities in both policing and corrections, and the privatization of prisons, there is a lot of reform to be done. However, when we talk about the criminal justice system, we often forget to discuss disenfranchisement. 6.1 million Americans are forbidden to vote due to committing a felony. In fact, the United States is one of the strictest nations in the world when it comes to restricting voter rights for both the incarnated and previously incarnated. Lawmakers decisions impact them the same as any other American citizen. In the wake of the Netflix documentary 13th, I believe it’s crucial for us to examine why these laws are kept in place.  Those convicted of a crime still should obtain their basic rights after release under the constitution. Voting is one of them.

Walking for Juneteenth

Juneteenth Day, June 19, 1865, is also known as “Emancipation” or “Freedom” Day for African-Americans. On this day, all slaves in the United States were officially set free. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It was not until June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and issued the emancipation order that the last of the slaves were set free. It is a time of remembrance, reflection, and celebration across the nation. However, despite its importance, it is still not a national holiday. Texas resident Opal Lee is working to change that. 90 years old, Lee is walking across America to lobby for Juneteenth as a national holiday. Her hope is to gather 100,000 signatures on her petition by the 26th. It was an honor to walk alongside her, and I hope we as a country can see the importance in making this day a national holiday. If you’d like to see the footage from part of Lee’s walk, you can do so here.




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"We need to acknowledge that it's not just a black thing, that it's everybody's thing."

-Opal Lee on her march for Juneteenth

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