Reallocating police budgets towards education, social services, and dismantling racial inequality
Crowd-source made tools for emailing government officials to reallocate police budgets towards education, social services, and dismantling racial inequality. Source code available for each site/effort …
A big part of understanding the current protests is examining the relationship between the country’s Black people and the police/prison system. The criminalization of Black existence post-slavery, how it affects laws, why poverty and survival is criminalized, and how these laws criminalize Black people, Latinxs, Asian-Americans, Native Americans, and poor white people affects everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, or religious affiliation. The idea of defunding and abolition is not new and has been argued for decades. Whether you agree with abolition or not, we must understand that the discussion of Black Lives Matter and police brutality is about dismantling systemic violence that affects us all. I hope these readings serve as a stepping-stone to understanding what we can do to change a system that is clearly broken.
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