NYC BMAI Apply Pressure Virtual Action Toolkit ACTION #1 - Phone Zap Your Councilmembers Due to COVID-19, our councilmembers are working from home. This means they are waiting by the phones to hear what their residents have to say even more than usual! Take time to call your city council member. Click here to find the phone number of your councilmember. You can use the script below to make your call. My name is [YOUR NAME]and I live in [NEIGHBORHOOD]. I am calling today to urge you to stand up to Mayor Deblasio and his wartime budget. Deblasio is not at war with New Yorkers and his proposed budget will completely devastate our communities. I know the city budget is currently being negotiated. It’s critical that you fight against Deblasio’s proposed cuts to Summer Youth Employment Program, schools, health and social services. We are currently experiencing a public health catastrophe. Black and brown low income communities are dying at disproportionate rates. We cannot allow the mayor to underfund the resources our communities desperately need while increasing NYPD’s budget. As my council member, I expect you to vote no on any budget that does not prioritize the wellbeing of our communities. We are calling for full funding for SYEP; funding for re-entry programs; Personal Protective Equipment for all essential workers; economic and housing support for Black and brown sex workers, street vendors and undocumented people; and immediate housing and economic support for homeless people, families in shelters and individuals who have been recently released from jail. You cannot stand by while the Mayor increases the criminalization of our communities while leaving those who are the most marginalized to die. We're counting on you to fight for the funding needed for our community members to survive COVID-19! Invest in our communities. ACTION #2 - Tag Your Councilmembers! Below are sample posts you can copy and paste with photos and videos from your own social media accounts. Here’s a list of our councilmembers social media handles. We want you to tag them in your posts on as many social media platforms as you can! Don’t forget to tag us as well! Social Media Handles Twitter: @NYCBlackAid Instagram: @byp100; @decrimny; @instabaji Facebook: BYP100; Decrim NY; Black Alliance for Just Immigration I’m a constituent who lives in [name of neighborhood] led by [@name of your councilmember].I urge you to prioritize the safety and security of the Black & brown people living in your district @NYCBlackAid #ResourcesNotPolice @BilldeBlasio @NYCSpeakerCoJo I’m a resident who lives in [name of neighborhood].WE NEED MORE RESOURCES, NOT POLICE! @NYCBlackAid #NYCBlackAid NYC BMAI Apply Pressure Virtual Action Toolkit Post a video of yourself making the call to your councilmember's office on your social media platforms! Remember to tag us and use the hashtag #ResourcesNotPolice. It is immoral that our city’s leaders would prioritize the expansion of surveillance & policing over the health of its residents in the midst of COVID-19 #ResourcesNotPolice @BilldeBlasio @NYCSpeakerCoJo To survive this pandemic and its aftermath, Black and brown communities need resources that don’t look like police. We are counting on you to support us [@name of your councilmember] #NYCBlackAid Click below to download graphics for your social media posts. You can also find them here! ACTION #3 Email your Councilmembers Take time to email your councilmembers. Click here to find your councilmembers’ email address. Copy and paste the script below! Dear [Name of Councilmember], Despite the known institutional racism that makes Black and brown communities increasingly vulnerable, City Council and Mayor De Blasio have taken little action to ensure the safety of Black and brown communities during COVID-19. I am writing to urge you to prioritize the safety of the Black and brown people living in your district. We know all too well the ways governments take advantage during times of crisis to expand policing, surveillance and incarceration. So far there have been regressive amendments to the bail statute, the millions of dollars newly allocated to law enforcement, and the fines for not practicing social distancing. If we allow further expansion of these systems, they will be with us long after we have contained the spread of this virus. Jails, prisons, and police will not keep us safe, prevent our communities from contracting coronavirus, provide us with protective gear, or meet any of our most basic needs. It is unconscionable that the City would prioritize the expansion of surveillance and policing over the health of NYC residents in the midst of a deadly pandemic. To survive this pandemic and its aftermath, Black and brown communities need resources that don’t look like police. We’re counting on you to advocate for people like us! Stand up to Mayor De Blasio.