Led by the Movement for Black Lives, #DefundThePolice is a powerful mandate emerging from the nationwide uprisings spawned — this time — by the police murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade. #DefundThePolice tells the truth and demands structural change: No amount of “police reform” will stop the anti-Black racism that has continued to enable police murder of Black people.
The historic decision by the Los Angeles City Council to cut $150 million from the police budget and reinvest in Black and other communities of color demonstrates the power of this moment. What Grace Lee Boggs called “a revolution in values” is underway where we can choose to divest from systems of white supremacy and invest in Black community wellness, leadership, and alternatives to policing.
Below we have gathered a sample of the outpouring of articles that appeared in just a ten-day period, echoing the #DefundThePolice mandate in the streets. Please take a moment before reading to sign the MBL petition here: #DefundthePolice petition and to make direct donations to Black community led efforts such as those listed in this article.
#DefundThePolice Articles: May 28-June 7
June 1 – June 7
May 28 – May 31
No More Money For the Police (5/30)
No More Cop Unions (5/29)
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