An open letter to State Governors & Legislatures

Demanding Immediate NY Police Defunding in Favor of Community Investment

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I, along with so many of your citizens, am appalled by the brutal police behavior that has been plaguing our great state in the wake of the worthy Black Lives Matter movement. We have seen the videos. We have read the first hand narratives. Many of us have felt the blows, stings, welts, bruises, cuts. And so many historically, including those we do not even know about, have not lived to tell the tale. I am urgently demanding you to uphold your contract to protect and serve the citizens of New York by immediately enacting the 8 policies set forth by the NAACP's current #8CantWait campaign across all state, local, and city precincts. After this, I call for massive defunding of these police departments across our state in favor of funding communities via social work, mental health, and education resources, especially to benefit low-income and Black communities. You are failing your people. You are killing your people. You are cutting your people. You are implicitly and explicitly complicit in the violence being enacted on the very people who look to, and frankly, pay you for protection. I urge you to take a page from the city council of Minneapolis's book and publicly state your intent to defund the police in favor of community funding. Then begin dialogue with your communities. Hear their needs. Create safe space for Black people to speak their truths and make their demands. And then meet them. Do not fail us. And do not police us, beat us, and kill us for simply speaking, demanding change, and breathing. Do better. Be better. We look to you to be our examples and our protectors. So do your job. Defund the police and invest in your people. Invest in our wellness. Cultivate our communities. I fully expect and demand immediate action.

First sent on June 5, 2020 by Aaron

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