Over the last 20 years, the Austin City Council has approved budgets that give a larger and larger percentage of the city’s limited resources to policing while starving affordable housing, mental and physical healthcare and many other initiatives that will create a strong, resilient and equitable city.
In solidarity with demands from local and nationally-based Black, Indigenous and people of color groups, Undoing White Supremacy Austin is calling on white Austinites to take active steps to defund the Austin Police Department.
How Police Unions Became Such Powerful Opponents to Reform Efforts New York Times 8 June 2020
The answer to police violence is not ‘reform.” It’s defunding. Here’s Why The Guardian, 31 May 2020
Imagine that you were asked to help create stability in a newly-founded city. How would you try to solve the problems that your friends and neighbors encountered? How would you respond to crisis and violence? Would your *first* choice be an unaccountable army with a history of oppression and violence patrolling your neighborhood around the clock?
— from Enough is Enough: A 150-Year Performance Review of the Minneapolis Police Department
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This FAQ zine has consistently been one of the best tools for sparking conversations about a police-free future. Find a printable version of the zine now at our website, in the “frequently asked questions” tab. Feel free to share. Also, please note that this zine is less than a thousand words long- it’s just framing the overall argument, not giving you all the answers. Please check out the “resources” page at our website for a big collection of more in-depth research and commentary on what this would actually look like in practice, how harm might be addressed without police, and how we can keep each other safe. #blacklivesmatter