*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings and Baltimore Clergy Join Together in Effort to End Racial Profiling By Law Enforcement

Systematic reform is needed to end discriminatory profiling based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender and religion

TODAY – Friday, October 3 at 10:00 AM, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, and U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings (All D-Md.) will participate with Baltimore clergy, Muslim community leaders and civil rights activists for a press conference to announce their united support for an end to racial profiling by all levels of law enforcement. Members of the faith community are on the front lines of the fight against injustice in our communities and many have counseled congregants who themselves have been victims of or witness to racial profiling.

The death of Michael Brown, whose parents were in Baltimore earlier in the week, tragically illustrated the need to extend the ban on discriminatory profiling to state and local law enforcement. Participants, including the NAACP, ACLU, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Center for Urban Families, and Baltimore AME churches will voice their support for immediate action by the U.S. Department of Justice and passage of Senator Cardin’s legislation, the End Racial Profiling Act (S. 1038). The Cardin bill would prohibit discriminatory profiling by law enforcement, collect data on the practice and provide funding for training to stop profiling at its root.

WHAT: Press Conference on Efforts to End Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement

WHO: Senator Ben Cardin

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings

Rev. Dr. Alvin Hathaway, Union Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Todd Yeary, Douglas Memorial Community Church

Rev. Dr. Cleveland Mason, United Baptist Missionary Convention of Maryland

Rev. Alvin Gwynn, Sr., Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA)

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Center for Urban Families

The Catholic Church

Church of God In Christ

African Methodist Episcopal Church

Muslim Community

WHERE: Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21217

WHEN: TODAY – Friday, October 3 at 10:00AM

HOW: For more information or to RSVP, media may contact sue_walitsky@cardin.senate.gov