RE-ENVISIONING SAFETY IN AMERICA
The horror of George Floyd's murder has inspired a deep debate about re-envisioning Public Safety in America. The call to “Defund The Police!” does not mean the elimination of law enforcement -- it means divesting money from bloated police budgets and investing instead in people to deal proactively with addiction, homelessness and mental illness. Gun-toting police aren’t the answer to these problems. So many police shootings occur in the context of these issues.
Militarizing the Police hasn’t reduced crime. Neither has throwing more and more money at police departments. It’s time to try something different. Eugene, Oregon has been diverting money from its police to the hiring of medics and social workers to address addiction issues, mental illness or homelessness ---and it’s been very effective.
The latest Los Angeles City Budget was slated to devote 54% of discretionary funds to the LAPD. Now, in response to the protests, the City Council is considering cutting between $100 and $150 million from Mayor Garcetti's original budget. But this is merely rolling back a yearly hike in spending — it's not the serious change that’s needed. New York's City Council is talking about cutting $1 billion from their police budget, so LA could make more drastic cuts and fund needed community services. This would also free up police officers to do things they are uniquely suited to - such as solving crimes!
Black Lives Matter has put together a powerful proposal along these lines. You can read it at: https://peoplesbudgetla.com.
We’re asking LA Residents to call their City Council members and ask them to get serious about a new approach to public safety -- substantial cuts to LAPD and moving the money into community services for crime prevention and for non-violent crisis resolution. Tell them his is the moment for real substantive change, not merely trimming around the edges. Here is a list of Los Angeles City Council members:
CONTACT YOUR LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN YOUR DISTRICT
|Council Member District 1 - Gil Cedillo||(213)473-7001|
|Council Member District 2 - Paul Krekorian||(213) 473-7002|
|Council Member District 3 - Bob Blumenfield||(213) 473-7003|
|Council Member District 4 - David E. Ryu||(213) 473-7004|
|Council Member District 5 - Paul Koretz||(213) 473-7005|
|Council Member District 6 - Nury Martinez||(213) 473-7006|
|Council Member District 7 - Monica Rodriguez||(213) 473-7007|
|Council Member District 8 - Marqueece Harris-Dawson||(213) 473-7008|
|Council Member District 9 - Curren D. Price, Jr.||(213) 473-7009|
|Council Member District 10 - Herb J. Wesson, Jr.||(213) 473-7010|
|Council Member District 11 - Mike Bonin||(213) 473-7011|
|Council Member District 12 - John Lee||(213) 473-7012|
|Council Member District 13 - Mitch O'Farrell||(213) 473-7013|
|Council Member District 14 - Jose Huizar||(213) 473-7014|
|Council Member District 15 - Joe Buscaino||(213) 473-7015|
When you’ve made the call, please email us back at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what the result of your call was.
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