Abolition + DefundNYPD 101

April 02, 2020

What do we mean by defund the police? It’s a concrete demand to cut police funding in a way that meaningfully reduces their presence in our lives.

But it’s not just to get rid of that funding, it’s a demand to re-invest it in our communities, so that we can be safe and thrive.

We know our communities are safe and can thrive when we have housing, healthcare, living wages, high quality education and public transit, and the resources and community-based services we need.

That’s what New York City should be spending its money on, and that’s what we’re demanding.

Defunding the NYPD is just one step along the way to radically revisioning community and public safety. It’s the work of abolition.

Envisioning a world in which instead of cops in schools, our young people have all of the resources and support they need, and their teachers do too. Envisioning a world in which instead of ticketing homeless people, every New Yorker has a safe, affordable place to sleep. Envisioning a world in which no Black people are ever killed by the cops, a world where no one is ever locked up or separated from their families, and a world with justice and freedom to thrive.