Black Lives Matter

Over the past several decades, 40 nations have reckoned with historical injustice and its aftermath through forming Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, and the United Nations has often played an important role in helping countries create them and facilitating their work once established.

In light of the killing of George Floyd and the inequalities surfaced by COVID-19, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) has introduced a resolution, H.Con.Res.100, which calls for the formation of a U.S. Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Commission. Congresswoman Lee’s resolution is an essential element in any process to address and hopefully, ultimately extinguish racial injustice in this country and is reflective of principles and processes advocated for by the UN since its founding.

Please ask your representative to support this important resolution.


In recent weeks, the United States has experienced a nationwide eruption of pain, anger, and grief over the killing of George Floyd and other Black Americans.

That is why I am writing today to ask you to support H. Con. Res. 100, which calls for the formation of a U.S. Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Commission.

Over the past several decades, 40 nations have reckoned with historical injustice and its aftermath through forming Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, and the United Nations has often played an important role in helping countries create them and facilitating their work once established.

These types of commissions are so important because the questions of why certain events were allowed to happen can be as important as explaining precisely what happened. Ultimately, it is hoped that the work of the commission can help a country acknowledge a contested or denied history, and in doing so bring the voices and stories of victims, often hidden from public view, to the public at large. A truth commission also hopes to prevent further abuses through specific recommendations for institutional and policy reforms.

Your co-sponsorship will send a strong signal about the U.S.’s commitment to justice and equality and a willingness to adopt policy reforms that get to the root of what has plagued this country since its founding.

To cosponsor the House resolution, please contact the office of Rep. Barbara Lee.

I hope I can count on your support.