TELL D.C. COUNCILMEMBERS: IT’S TIME TO DIVEST FROM MPD AND INVEST IN BLACK LIVES!
TAKE ACTION NOW
The recent protests in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others by law enforcement have made one thing clear: we must take real steps to dismantle racist systems and do the hard work of overhauling our approach to public safety.
This means ending our overreliance on police and demonstrating that Black Lives Matter through real actions, not just words or street art.
The D.C. Council is currently considering Mayor Bowser's proposed fiscal year 2021 budget, which makes cuts to important social service programs and public health resources while investing an additional $18.5 million in the D.C. police department. This is in addition to the D.C. police department’s current annual budget of over half a billion dollars.
We cannot continue to invest in tactics that inflict active harm on communities and do little to meaningfully address community safety concerns. It’s time to spend our tax dollars on solutions that actually make our communities safer: school-based mental health support, violence prevention and intervention, trauma services, health care, housing, and education.
Email your Councilmembers today. Urge them to reject the Mayor’s proposal, divest from police in the D.C. Budget, and invest in effective programs and resources that make ALL D.C. communities safer.
Chairman Phil Mendelson
Chair Pro Tempore Kenyan McDuffie