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Ensuring Federal Stimulus Funds Support Communities, Not Cops

Communities Transforming Policing Fund, Community Resource Hub, COVID19 Policing Project, Borealis Philanthropy

A fact sheet about the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which provides $1.9 trillion in economic relief through direct payments, expanded child tax credits and unemployment benefits, small business loans, and aid to local and state governments. This fact sheet goes over details of the ARPA payments, gives recommendations for how this money should be used to support communities, and gives an example table of cities and amount of aid they are estimated to receive.

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The People’s Plan (NY)

LI United to Transform Policing and Community Safety, LI Advocates for Police Accountability, United for Justice in Policing LI

The People’s Plan is a set of public safety recommendations developed by three community-led coalitions (LI United to Transform Policing and Community Safety, LI Advocates for Police Accountability, and United for Justice in Policing LI) with the input of hundreds of Long Islanders. This comprehensive plan presents 12 proposals for structural reform to Reimagine Policing and Public Safety to ensure that LI is safe for ALL Long Islanders.

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Data Release: Police Budget and Citywide Homicides (Philadelphia)

Office of the Controller – Philadelphia

In response to a recent data request, the Controller’s Office is releasing historical information about the Police department’s annual budget and the number of total homicides citywide. Controller Rhynhart believes transparency is crucial for creating a fair and equitable City government that works for everyone, particularly the most vulnerable Philadelphians. The City has a responsibility to its residents to provide information in an easily accessible and understandable format. Per the data request, the data shows the Police department’s budget together with the city’s annual homicide total. It is important to note, however, that a number of factors beyond policing influence the homicide rate. Increases in the Police budget are due primarily to personnel costs, including negotiated wage increases and additional uniformed positions.

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Defund + Demilitarize NOPD (New Orleans)

Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition

For decades, New Orleans has disinvested in social services, often leaving us ranked last in indicators of health, wealth, housing, and education. In the wake of national Black Lives Matter protests and the COVID-19 pandemic, OPPRC mobilized community members to defund the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and reinvest in the community. This resource lists accomplishments and further resources related to this work.

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A Budget to #ReimagineChicago for 2020 and Beyond

Grassroots Collaborative

For the past decade, Chicago has displaced and over-policed Black and Brown families, and starved the city’s working people of the resources they need to live and thrive. Black, Brown and working families overpay through a discriminatory use of fines, fees, and property taxes while corporate developers receive massive handouts for projects that displace residents. The city’s budget is an opportunity to continue on a path of growing inequality and austerity politics, or to chart a new path towards prosperity for all. A budget is a moral document, and we believe it must contain the funding for the resources that will make Chicago a safe, livable and thriving city for everyone.

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Reimagine Public Budgets

Local Progress

Dare to Reimagine: A Vision for Transformative Change is a framework for building a just and equitable future from the ground up—created collectively by more than 300 local elected officials across the Local Progress network, movement allies, and community partners. Recognizing that our cities and municipalities are the epicenter of progressive evolution, this framework outlines the transformative change we aspire to and showcases the work of Local Progress members to move us towards this north star. Dare to Reimagine showcases more than 50 policy wins and organizing efforts across 22 states and DC that are moving us towards a more just and equitable future.

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Oakland is Reimagining Public Safety: The Defund Police Coalition Report in Response to the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force Draft Recommendations

Anti Police-Terror Project

The Oakland Reimagining Public Safety Task Force was created in direct response to significant local demand to redirect monies from the Oakland Police Department to programs, support services and resources that take a holistic view of public safety and focus on addressing the root causes of so-called “crime” rather than relying on militarized policing and a violent, cyclical carceral state. The Defund Coalition is excited about the many recommendations presented that offer a real opportunity to shift, reimagine and evolve the way Oakland thinks about and implements public safety. This report responds to each of the 114 draft recommendations issued by the Task Force. We break down all the recommendations we support, the ones we don’t, and why.

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Apartheid Policing in Pittsburgh: Why Defunding the Police Can’t Wait

Abolitionist Law Center

The Abolitionist Law Center has published a report on policing in Pittsburgh, highlighting glaring racial disparities in traffic stops, frisks, warrantless search and seizures, arrests, and use of force by the City’s police force. Despite these disparities, Mayor Bill Peduto has increased the Police Budget 60% since taking office in 2014, from $72 million to $115 million. It now enconpasses nearly one fifth of the City’s entire operating budget. Furthermore, the year-to-year rate of increase of the police budget went up from an average of 0.75% from 2000-2014 to 8.18% from 2015-2020 under Mayor Peduto, even though violent crime levels in Pittsburgh have been steadily decreasing since the early 1990s.

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Investing in Safety We Can Feel: Survey Results (Philadelphia)

Safety We Can Feel

The Investing in Safety We Can Feel survey was released in October 2020 to help answer the question: “what do our communities need to be safe?” Over 1300 Philadelphia residents responded to the online survey, and their responses show that Philadelphians know that directly investing in communities is how we make them strong, healthy, and safe – not investing in policing.

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