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Opinion: I'm ready to call our sister in the movement for justice Madam Vice President Kamala Harris

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris launches her campaign for President of the United States at a rally at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in her hometown of Oakland, California, U.S., January 27, 2019. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

For those of us dedicated to the fight against systemic injustice and racism, this has been a year of violent collisions between heartbreak and hopefulness -- between exhaustion and existential awakenings. Yes, there is a powerful wind at our backs as we lift up families rendered broken and voiceless, and work to hold the people and systems that inflict immeasurable trauma upon people of color to account.

(CNN)For those of us dedicated to the fight against systemic injustice and racism, this has been a year of violent collisions between heartbreak and hopefulness -- between exhaustion and existential awakenings.

Still, for anyone stuck on whether a prosecutor or attorney general can lead on justice reform, I say: check the record.

As the attorney general of California, she opened pattern-or-practice investigations into two separate police departments after community complaints and reports of excessive use of force and misconduct.

Under her leadership, California's DOJ also became the first statewide agency in the country to mandate body cameras, and she created "Open Justice," a publicly accessible database that included deaths in police custody and arrest rates.

Still, with Joe Biden's selection of a running mate -- the partner with whom he will need to repair a shattered economy, a damaged global reputation, a justice system in need of a serious overhaul, and the most profound racial reckoning of this era -- it fills me with great hope to imagine Harris joining him in this fight.

As a civil rights activist, a sworn defender of justice, a Black man, and a proud dad, I can only hope that this January I get to teach my little girl the proper greeting for Kamala, our sister in the movement for justice: Madam Vice President.

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