Join us at the Callahan Community Center on April 7th from 10 am until 2 pm to get your brake light changed FOR FREE! NO QUESTIONS ASKED!
Harassment, violence and brutality from police forces across the nation are a huge issue, particularly for communities of color. The Washington Post published a 2014 report containing the numbers: "Black drivers are 31 percent more likely to be pulled over than whites; they are more than twice as likely to be subject to police searches as white drivers; and they are nearly twice as likely to not be given any reason for the traffic stop, period. Relative to other races, blacks are more likely to get pulled over for vehicle defects or record checks."
Tragically, there have been many people, particularly those in the black community, who have lost their lives to violence from police use of force and brutality. Philando Castile, Walter Scott and others fell victim to this - and all because they were pulled over for (supposedly) having a brake light out.
Although the solution to the problem of police violence is larger than what much of the national discourse includes, at least locally the Democratic Socialists of Orlando are offering a simple fix for our fellow community members at our first "Gimme a Break" (Light) Clinic event.
Volunteers from the Orlando chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America will be hosting a clinic to replace broken brake lights for motorists free of charge. This public service aims to prevent unnecessary police stops, expensive tickets and fines, and possible court appearances to benefit the greater community. This simple service may even help save a life by preventing police interactions.