Bill de Blasio and Council members DID NOT defund the NYPD by $1 billion.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020. New York City – NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio say the NYPD budget was cut by $1 billion. Trump said on Twitter today, “NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS.” They are all lying to New Yorkers and to people in the country. Bill de Blasio and Council members DID NOT defund the NYPD by $1 billion.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020. New York City – On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, more than hundred people along with VOCAL-New York and New York Communities for Change started to “Occupy City Hall” in New York City. They demand NYC Council members and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Defund The NYPD by at least $1 billion and invest in Youth services, affordable housing, healthcare, public education, social workers, and other social services in low income communities. Activists say they are not leaving City Hall Park until at least $1 billion is cut from the NYPD’s $6 billion budget. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Wednesday, June 24, 2020. New York City – On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, more than hundred people along with VOCAL-New York and New York Communities for Change started to “Occupy City Hall” in New York City. They demand NYC Council members and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Defund The NYPD by at least $1 billion and invest in Youth services, affordable housing, healthcare, public education, social workers, and other social services in low income communities. Activists say they are not leaving City Hall Park until at least $1 billion is cut from the NYPD’s $6 billion budget. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com

Below is a message from VOCAL-New York:

We are outraged by the Mayor and City Council’s passage of a budget that fails to reduce the NYPD’s budget by at least one billion dollars. We are appalled by our leaders’ deceptive decisions, the lack of transparency in government, and stonewalling in the face of a national reckoning of racial injustice and police violence. We’re horrified by the police violence against protestors peacefully protesting at City Hall and the on-going, unaccountable police violence in our communities.

But we’re not surprised or deterred. Our fight to end police violence and reduce the NYPD’s power over our communities goes back two decades. We have long fought to cut the NYPD’s budget for stop-and-frisk and racialized enforcement of laws, to end the policing of homeless New Yorkers, to end the war on drugs and to divest from criminalization and invest in housing and care. The fight has never been just about “defunding.” Our goal has always been about winning major investments in our members’ lives and their communities – people who use drugs, experience homelessness, are living with HIV/AIDS, and/or have been policed and incarcerated.  

After today, Black and Brown communities will bear the consequences of a budget that maintains police power in New York City, and underfunds long-neglected communities that have now also been hit hard by the coronavirus. Our elected leaders are to blame for that. But our movement has grown profoundly in the last weeks, and there’s no going back. New York City needs a radical financial and political shift to tackle the intersecting issues of poverty, public health, homelessness, and incarceration. This means reimagining what public safety means. It means identifying all the social problems that have long been policed rather than solved through community investments like permanent housing for the homeless or wrap-around harm reduction services for people who use drugs.

We are proud of our role in helping to launch a week-long encampment. But most of all we are humbled by the movement that has and will continue to grow long after we leave City Hall. And we are honored to have built community with thousands of people that put their bodies on the line. As one of the organizers of the City Hall encampment, I believe the most important outcome of all, is that millions more understand the abolition of police and prisons and reinvestment in our communities, as the only way to affirm that Black lives matter.

In solidarity and love,

Jawanza”

VOCAL-New York

VOCAL-NY is a statewide grassroots membership organization that builds power among low-income people directly impacted by HIV/AIDS, the drug war, mass incarceration, and homelessness.

We accomplish this through community organizing, leadership development, advocacy, direct services, and direct action.

We have active chapters in New York City, Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, and Westchester County.

Click the link to learn more: https://www.vocal-ny.org/

Monday, June 29, 2020. New York City – “Mass March to Defund the NYPD and Abolish the Police” organized by NYC-DSA. People gathered in Washington Square Park in Manhattan and marched to City Hall Park to join people at "Occupy City Hall". Protesters “demand that the City Council cut the NYPD police force and the NYPD budget in half and re-invest in community and social needs.” Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Monday, June 29, 2020. New York City – “Mass March to Defund the NYPD and Abolish the Police” organized by NYC-DSA. People gathered in Washington Square Park in Manhattan and marched to City Hall Park to join people at “Occupy City Hall”. Protesters “demand that the City Council cut the NYPD police force and the NYPD budget in half and re-invest in community and social needs.” Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com

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