Defund Police. Invest in Communities.

Governor Cuomo and NY Mayors

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For decades our cities, state and country have invested in and expanded the scope of policing, and neglected the institutions needed to help our communities become whole. In the face of historic homelessness, an overdose crisis that decreased our national life expectancy and growing income inequality, the government has continued to underfund housing, health care, social services, and public education. Despite calls for providing care over policing and incarceration, we continue to turn to policing and criminalization to solve social problems created because of long-standing divestment and neglect.

In the wake of righteous rage spreading across New York and the United States, we must demand divestment from law enforcement and investment in our communities: housing, care, social services, and public education. The institution of policing cannot create and maintain safety for Black, Brown, and poor communities. No amount of training, body cameras, or “reform” can protect us from the police.

We stand united with all protestors taking action in the streets and in their homes. We demand accountability of all police departments, and individual officers, engaging in violence and suppression of public protest and every day. But we know that is not enough.

Sign on to demand Mayors across New York State, and Governor Andrew Cuomo, defund city and state law enforcement, and invest in our communities.

#DefundPolice

#InvestInCommunities

#BlackLivesMatter

#DefendBlackLives

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New York, NY

To: Governor Cuomo and NY Mayors
From: [Your Name]

Our city and state is plagued by homelessness, poverty and divestment from public institutions. The result has been great harm to our communities. Alongside this divestment is an investment in police forces engaging in racialized violence, that refuse to reigned in or accept responsibility for their harm on our communities.

We stand united with all protestors taking action in the streets and in their homes. We demand accountability of all police departments, and individuals officers, engaging in violence and suppression of public protest. But we know that is not enough.

We call on you to divest from law enforcement and invest in our communities; housing, health care, social services, public education and institutions.

This rage will not end until our communities are healed. That healing will come when law enforcement is held accountable and our communities are invested in.

Defund the police. Invest in communities.