Over the weekend, activists, mourners and others gathered in Ferguson, Missouri to commemorate the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager who was fatally shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. By Tuesday, 57 people had been arrested and a state of emergency was declared in St. Louis County. Michael Brown’s death, along with other similar incidents, gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement and reignited the need to galvanize local, state, and national policy makers to significantly remedy pressing civil rights and civil liberties issues like criminal justice, police brutality, and racism. According to the Washington Post, police have killed at least 60 unarmed people this year – and African Americans accounted for 40 percent of those deaths, meaning 24 unarmed African American citizens lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement officials. Yet, one year later, things have not changed much. The federal government continues to face several challenges in collecting data on the use of force by police, and legislators at all levels of government appear reluctant to implement meaningful reform. All Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation or sex, must recognize that we are all impacted by what is going on and we cannot afford to find ourselves in the same place one year from now.