By June 30th, 2020 the City Council will decide on the budget for the 2021 fiscal year. During a public health crisis that’s disproportionately killing Black and brown people, Mayor de Blasio’s proposed budget cuts funding for education and healthcare but keeps it for police and jails.
In light of ongoing police violence against our most vulnerable communities, we demand that the City Council cut the NYPD police force and the NYPD budget in half and re-invest in community and social needs. Power concedes nothing without a demand and it is crucial to back our demands with mass actions. We are reaching out to partners in the community, in the labor movement, and on the left who are interested in building such an action to pressure our representatives to Defund the NYPD.
Our hope is that this call can bring together NYC Black organizations, families of victims of police brutality, socialists, unions, social justice organizations and more to organize, build and participate in this demonstration as a show of what we want and need for our city.
Let’s join together to defund the NYPD, re-invest in communities, get cops out of unions and schools, defund the Vice Squad, close Rikers, Free the Three, disarm and demilitarize the police and hold them financially liable for their misconduct, pass an ECRB, end collaboration with ICE and DHS agencies, decriminalize drugs and sex work, fight for the rights of protestors, and tax the rich and Wall Street.
We are asking that cosponsors add their name to materials, share the information with their members though lists, repost on social media, and get involved in the organizing of the demonstration in whatever capacity your group can. Fill out the form here.
The Local 100 Fightback Coalition
Grassroots Action NY
NYC Fight for Our Lives Coalition
DSA AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus
Dianne Morales for NYC
Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)
Socialist Alternative NYC
North Bronx Racial Justice
District 28 Equity Now
TAKE ON HATE – NY
Labor for Palestine
Bay Ridge for Social Justice
Patrick for Brooklyn
The Poetry Project
Crown Heights Tenant Union
Jazz Passengers Music Projects (Subway Moon)
Jewish Voice for Peace-NYC
Communist Party USA
Met Council on Housing
- On June 28, 2020