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How NY City Council Voted on NYC Budget;
What’s Next? #DEFUNDPOLICE

List of ways NYC Budget does NOT Defund NYPD by $1B

What’s next?
See short video with Anthonine Pierre, Deputy Director, Brooklyn Movement Center

Check out What It Means to Defund the Police, statement by Movement for Black Lives. Also see Press Release from Communities United for Police Reform.

Here’s how the NYC council voted on 2020-2021 budget:

x-YES: 32 (Adrienne Adams, Queens; Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Brooklyn; Diana Ayala, Manhattan/Bronx; Justin Brannan, Brooklyn; Fernando Cabrera, Bronx; Andrew Cohen, Bronx; Margaret Chin, Manhattan; Robert Cornegy, Brooklyn; Daniel Dromm, Queens; Mathieu Eugene, Brooklyn; Vanessa Gibson, Bronx; Barry Grodenchik, Queens; Andy King, Bronx; Peter Koo, Queens; Karen Koslowitz, Queens; Rory Lancman, Queens; Stephen Levin, Brooklyn; Mark Levine, Manhattan; Farah Louis, Brooklyn; Alan Maisel, Brooklyn; I. Daneek Miller, Queens; Francisco Moya, Queens; Bill Perkins, Manhattan; Keith Powers, Manhattan; Ydanis Rodriguez, Manhattan; Deborah Rose, Staten Island; Rafael Salamanca Jr., Bronx; Ritchie Torres, Bronx; Mark Treyger, Brooklyn; Paul Vallone, Queens; Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, Brooklyn.)

NO: 17 (Inez Barron, Brooklyn; Joe Borrelli, Staten Island; Steven Matteo, Staten Island; Chaim Deutsch, Brooklyn; Ruben Diaz Sr., Bronx; Mark Gjonaj, Bronx; Robert Holden, Queens; Ben Kallos, Manhattan; Brad Lander, Brooklyn; Carlos Menchaca, Brooklyn; Donovan Richards, Queens; Antonio Reynoso, Brooklyn/Queens; Carlina Rivera, Manhattan; Helen Rosenthal, Manhattan; Eric Ulrich, Queens; Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens; and Kalman Yeger, Brooklyn.)

ABSENT: Costa Constantinides, Queens.

Reimagining Community Safety: Defunding and Demilitarizing the Police

The Montgomery Bus Boycott Lasted 381 days. We Got This.

Did you miss it? See the video on our YouTube channel.
Reimagining Community Safety: Defunding and Demilitarizing the Police

> How and why have the police across America become so militarized?
> What would it mean to demilitarize and defund the NYPD? 
> What should new law enforcement look like?

These pressing political questions were addressed by:
Anthonine Pierre, Deputy Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center, leader of BMC’s issues campaign on police accountability; and
Michael Brenes, historian who teaches at Yale University.  He is the author of the forthcoming book For Might and Right: The Cold War and the Remaking of American Democracy.

Q&A, and town hall with lively discussion, followed the presentations.
See the video. For further info on the campaign to defund and demilitarize the police, check out Communities United for Police Reform. Learn more about the NYC Budget Justice platform here.

BIG WINS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS!!

Let us all celebrate the Supreme Court decision against discriminating against LGBTQ people in the workplace. Onward with PRIDE!

The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has ruled that Trump’s efforts to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) violated federal law. This decision comes after a long string of lower court decisions blocking the termination of DACA. We join Make the Road and many others in celebrating this victory, taking Trump to the highest court in the land and winning! #HomeIsHere

Movement for Black Lives:
Memorial for Lives Lost

On Saturday, June 20th, The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) remembered and celebrated the lives of Black people who have died as a result of state violence.

In case you missed it, here is the powerful video from M4BLTV. We extend our love and strength to the families of the victims of state violence.

Poor People’s Campaign
National Call for a Moral Revival

Poor People's Campaign

As an organization committed to eliminating war, and the social and economic injustices which lead to war, Brooklyn For Peace, as part of United for Peace and Justice, was proud to join the Poor People’s Campaign for a Moral Revival. On June 20, two and a half million people joined the virtual March on Washington to demand an end to systemic racism, poverty, militarism and the war economy, ecological devastation, and the corrupt moral narrative of religious nationalism. Poor People’s Campaign demands that the 140 million poor and low-income people in our nation — from every race, creed, gender, sexuality and place — are no longer ignored, dismissed or pushed to the margins of our political and social agenda.

Now it’s time to get organized and continue the important local work of building power with and among poor folks in a statewide movement for change. Email newyork@poorpeoplescampaign.org to get involved in the New York State Poor People’s Campaign!

Juneteenth weekend 6/19–6/21 and beyond

Brooklyn For Peace stands in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. This year it builds on ongoing mass mobilizations against racial injustice and police brutality against Black people. As the SixNineteen website describes: “Juneteenth is a day that honors Black freedom and Black resistance, and centers Black people’s unique contribution to the struggle for justice in the U.S. This Juneteenth is a rare moment for our communities to proclaim in one voice that Black Lives Matter, and that we won’t tolerate anything less than justice for all our people.”

See the message below which we received from the Movement for Black Lives. It’s been uplifting and inspiring to see the huge groundswell of people and energy mobilizing at this time, with leadership coming from Black people and organizations, and with hope that significant changes will result. The extent of change which needs to be made to challenge white supremacy is truly daunting.

We received this message from the Movement for Black Lives:

“In response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, and countless other Black people who have been killed at the hands of vigilantes or law enforcement, millions have taken to the streets with a clear and distinct call to end state violence and to defund police.

“To honor our ancestors and to lay a path to Black freedom and Black resistance for future generations, we’re calling for a historic mobilization on Juneteenth — this weekend, June 19–21, 2020, with events ongoing in the days afterwards. We invite you to join us by taking action from home and in your community.

“Find an event near you on the events map: Map.SixNineteen.com.
Text DEFEND to 90975 for updates

“When we come together this weekend and beyond, thousands of us will mobilize to #DefendBlackLives and make demands to:

“1. Defund the Police
“2. Invest in Black Communities
“3. Resign Donald Trump

“We are stepping into the legacy of our ancestors, bringing the fight to the White House doorsteps, and ensuring that this generation does its part to win freedom dreams. Together, we’ll show lawmakers that we are bigger than monied interests, including police unions and right-wing think tanks.

“We are in the midst of a powerful moment of political possibility for Black people in most of our lifetimes. To make it as impactful as possible, we must all come together for a weekend of action with vision and one voice.

“Thank you for being a part of it. It’s going to take all of us.  

“Pledge to be a part of this historic mobilization and find an event near you.

“With love and solidarity,
“The Movement for Black Lives Team”

 
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