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Black Music Action Coalition calls for President Biden to sign George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

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The Weeknd holding the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award at the BMAC gala on September 23, 2021 in Los Angeles. Photo credit: Leon Bennett/WireImage

The Black Music Action Coalition, which is supported by hundreds of artists and executives, is demanding that President Joe Biden sign an Executive Order to approve the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

BMAC co-founder Willie “Prophet” Stiggers sent a letter to the president on Wednesday, calling for him to enact the legislation, according to Variety. BMAC backed Joe Biden during his 2020 presidential campaign based on his “promise to the Black community, George Floyd’s family, and to America.” The goal of the coalition is to address systematic racism in the music industry.

Numerous stars artists have endorsed the coalition, including Pharrell Williams, Cardi B, Quincy Jones, Lil Nas X, Diddy, Travis Scott and Mary J. Blige, as well as Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Doja Cat.

On September 23 in Los Angeles, BMAC honored The Weeknd and H.E.R with the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award at the coalition’s first gala.

“You told George Floyd’s daughter that her father would change the world,” Stiggers wrote in the letter. “Now that we have elected you President of the United States, I’ve anxiously waited and watched several executive orders get signed. But we are still waiting for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act?…How can you Build Back Better and push to pass a bill that addresses America’s infrastructure, without addressing the cracks in America’s soul?”

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, created in July 2020, is designed to hold police accountable for their actions. It seeks to establish national standards for operation of police departments, mandate data collection on police encounters, and more.

The letter ends with the words, “Mr. President, if Black Lives Matter, please prove it! Do Black lives only matter during an election cycle?”

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