Defund the Police! Comment at a City Council meeting

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Hello Indivisibles,

Thank you to everyone who came out to the March for Justice in Davis on Sunday! Dillan Horton organized the march, and more than 20 local organizations participated. Hundreds of people came out for this march in support of Black lives. (You can find a link to some of the news stories about the March HERE and HERE.)

Now we all want to continue that energy and put it into concrete action! First, we’ll let our city council know that we want to defund the police and invest that money into the community instead. We’re asking for a reduction in the police budget and reinvestment of that money into programs that actually make our lives better. Next, we’re asking our state representatives to refuse money from police unions and PACs- we know that police unions donate vast amounts of money to candidates and use this leverage over lawmakers to shield police from accountability.

Scroll down to find information about how to make a public comment at city council meetings, and for call scripts, phone numbers, and email links for our state representatives.

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Take care, and take action!

-The Indivisible Yolo Team


Action: Tell our City Council: Defund the Police! (Davis, Woodland, Winters, West Sacramento)

Make a public comment at your city council meeting. An example script and link to further resources and talking points follows (Please use your own words to call on the city council to decrease police funding and invest those resources in the community instead). Please comment at your own city council!

Davis City Council meeting:

Woodland City Council meeting:

Winters City Council meeting:

West Sacramento City Council meeting:

  • Wednesday, June 17 at 7pm
  • Submit your comment by email to clerk@cityofwestsacramento.org – put “Public Comment” in the subject line; put “Item number 1A” in the body of the email
  • The meeting will be Livestreamed- more meeting details and instructions HERE

Sample script (modified from Reclaim the Block):
https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home/

I, [NAME] call on the City Council:
To never again vote to increase the police department funding or budget. 
To propose and vote for a cut from the police department budget as we respond to projected COVID-19 shortfalls.
To protect and expand current investment in community-led health and safety strategies, instead of investing in police.
To do everything in their power to compel all law enforcement agencies to immediately cease enacting violence on community members.

To help modify this into your own words, here is further messaging guidance on defunding the police, from the Movement for Black Lives:https://m4bl.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/M4BL-DEFUND-MESSAGING.pdf


Action: To our State representatives: Get the police out of your pocketbook, and demand accountability!

Sample script:
Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a constituent from [CITY/ZIP CODE]. We need swift and comprehensive state legislation reforms to address police violence, and while [Senator Dodd/Assemblymember Aguair-Curry] is taking donations from police unions and PACs, I can’t trust that [he/she] will act in the public’s interests instead of being swayed by the money police are using to buy influence. I’m asking [Senator Dodd/Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry] to PUBLICLY commit to stop taking campaign contributions from police unions and PACs, and to donate the money that has already been received to bail funds and mutual aid organizations.

I’m also asking [Dodd/Aguiar-Curry] to call for the repeal of California’s so-called “Police Bill of Rights”, which makes it impossible to hold police accountable when they cause harm. Police should not have a special shield from accountability to the public.


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