Defunding the Police and Budget Advocacy in San Francisco

Start:Saturday, May 08, 2021 4:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

End: Saturday, May 08, 2021 6:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

Host Contact Info:

Join SURJ SF and organizers from Defund SFPD Now, No New SF Jail Coalition, and the Budget Justice Coalition for a political education event to learn more about what the movement to defund the police looks like in San Francisco and how you can play a more active role in advocating for redistribution of the city’s budget to better benefit communities of color.

During this event, the speakers plan to address -

  • What it means to “defund the police” and explain how this movement relates to abolitionist principles

  • The history of policing and defund efforts in San Francisco

  • Where funds could be redistributed to better serve communities

  • What services and care structures really keep us safe

  • Current advocacy efforts in San Francisco and how you can plug into local organizing

Timed to coincide with the May 12th “law enforcement” budget hearing of the SF Board of Supervisors Budget & Appropriations Committee, where San Franciscans will have an opportunity to provide public comment, we hope that you’ll leave this event inspired and energized to join in the movement to advocate for a more just budget.


If you are not able to make the event, we will share a recording with everyone who orders a ticket.

About Donations:

80% of ticket sale donations go to the organizations of our featured speakers; 20% goes to SURJ SF, Action Network, and our fiscal sponsor to cover internal organizing costs (credit card processing fees, tools such as Zoom, honorariums for other events, etc.).

Tickets for this seminar are offered on a sliding scale that takes into account your financial situation and circumstances. The higher end of the scale is intended for those with stable incomes, those who own homes, and those with the ability to save. Your ability to support at the higher end allows this seminar to offer sliding scale tuition! The lower end of the scale is intended for students, and others who are getting by but don’t have much extra in their budget. If you find yourself between these two examples we suggest a mid-range rate.

For those with little-to-no income, especially in these difficult times, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Reach out to us at for a complimentary ticket.