Chicago Activist, SIU Graduate, Explains “Hands Up Act” for Harsher Punishments Against Police Officers

Travis Washington is a two-time graduate of SIU, having received his bachelor’s degree in University studies with a minor in Africana Studies and Speech Communication in 2017 and master’s in Education Administration in 2019.

During his tenure at SIU, Travis was heavily involved in advocacy work and action in the community, with a focus on voter registration and change in legislation. His advocacy is the foundation for the “Hands Up Act” which is a bill that will enforce a mandatory 15-year prison sentence, should a police officer shoot an unarmed civilian. The policy has received more than 400,000 signatures online.

Travis is a two-time graduate of SIU, having received his bachelor’s degree in University studies with a minor in Africana Studies and Speech Communication in 2017 and master’s in Education Administration in 2019.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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