Sacramento Elected Officials: Now is the Time to Reduce Law Enforcement Spending and Reinvest in Community.

Sacramento City Council and Board of Supervisors

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Sacramentans, please join us in this campaign to hold our elected officials accountable to real change and to save Black lives. Sign the petition and share it with your friends and family. We will deliver the petition to the City Council and Board of Supervisors in mid June. Justice2Jobs is a Sacramento-based coalition seeking to reform the criminal justice system. Justice2Jobs works with many amazing partners including Youth Forward, the National Lawyers Guild and others. For a longer version of the letter, please click here. To contact Justice2Jobs, please email: justice2jobscoalition@gmail.com  Thank you!

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To: Sacramento City Council and Board of Supervisors
From: [Your Name]

Dear Sacramento City Council and County Board of Supervisors,

Now is the time for you to take concrete actions to stop the killing of Black People in our communities. We urge you to:

● Call an emergency joint meeting of the City Council and County Board of Supervisors to address law enforcements’ response to the George Floyd protests;

● In that meeting, require the Sacramento Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department to explain the actions they have taken to end police-initiated violence and what they plan to do going forward;

● Call budget meetings to begin the process of reducing spending on police and sheriff by 30% for fiscal year 2020-21 and to develop funding reduction strategies for the following 4 years;

● Re-invest all cost savings from the reductions to law enforcement budgets in government functions that do not harm and kill Black people and that support healing, prevention, and community development ;

● Spend no funding from the CARES federal stimulus funds on any law enforcement functions;

● Refuse political contributions from law enforcement unions;

● Reduce the jail population and stop investing in the new Sac County jail;

● Join together to elect a new District Attorney and Sheriff who are committed to racial justice, to ending mass incarceration and to stopping the killing of Black People; and

● Be accountable to, and transparent with, Black communities.

We need reconciliation, reinvestment, and visionary leadership that creates transformational budgets and policy outcomes to save Black lives. Now is the time for action.

Sincerely,

The following concerned members of the Sacramento community