Trained volunteers receive complaints in the Puget Sound area and assist callers composing their complaints. Mothers files complaints with the appropriate jurisdiction and alerts elected officials to the complaint.
Mothers advocates for laws and policies that enhance the dignity and security of the whole community and against laws that divide the community and scapegoats and victimizes our young people.
Mothers provides workshops for young people focusing on their rights and responsibilities under the law and role playing in interaction with the police.
Mothers partners with other organizations, such as the ACLU, to hold our police accountable and reach the goals of improving constitutional policing.
Since 1990, Mothers For Police Accountability (MFPA) has worked to educate young people, parents, and others affected by excessive police practices and works with other community organizations to seek positive changes in the criminal justice system. Please give big today and help us continue that work.
Through education, public information and a network of parents and interest community members, Mothers will help stop police harassment, brutality, excessive force and all acts of violence against children and adults. Because these actions are in violation of our children’s civil and human rights, and because African American males are more often targets of these acts, we will support the need for intensive training and accountability of all sworn officers of the law.
- Educate citizens to the code of conduct expected of officers
- Establish a 24-hour telephone line to report acts of excessive force by police against our children.
- Offer support and assistance to families who file complaints with authorities.
- Set up a communication network among parents and community organizations.
- Establish codes of conduct for our children when in the presence of police and hold workshops to support children in modifying behavior.
- Establish an elected Citizen Review Board to eliminate the bias of police policing themselves.
On August 5, 1990 Tunde Salisbury and some of his friends were stopped by the police as they arrived at Tunde’s home. Some of them told the officers they were tired of the harassment. Tunde’s brother Omori came from his home and spoke up also about the harassment. The police beat both teenagers and took them to the East Precinct, rather than to the Juvenile facility. There, they beat them again. Their mother, Harriet Walden, was angered by this disregard for her sons’ humanity and decided to model a healthy response to her sons. From her anger and determination, Mothers was formed. She gathered her friends and neighbors, Paquita Edwards, Janice Belt the late Fabiola Woods and Willette Romlious. The first Mothers’ meeting was held in September of 1990.