“The call to defund the police is an abolitionist demand. But it reflects only one aspect of the process represented by the demand. Defunding the police is not simply about withdrawing funding for law enforcement and doing nothing else...It’s about shifting public funds to new services and new institutions--mental health counselors, who can respond to people who are in crisis without arms. It’s about shifting funding to education to housing, to recreation. All of these things help to create security and safety. It’s about learning that safety, safeguarded by violence, is not really safety.” --Angela Davis [20:01]
We stand with Black people nationwide in their calls for abolition. Despite what Mayor Muriel Bowser and Chief Peter Newsham say, Black DC residents continue to experience MPD reigning terror over our neighborhoods while siphoning critical funds from needed community resources.