Defund the NYPD
A simple toolkit for taking action from home by contacting city officials to change NYC’s budget.
The new NYC Fiscal Year begins on July 1st, when the new budget is adopted. The deadline for City Council members to vote on the mayor’s current proposed budget is the end of June.
Call on your council members to commit to voting no on the current budget, and significantly defunding the NYPD, before June 23rd. We need 26 council members to veto the budget.
NYC Budget Justice 101, listing cuts to the NYPD budget that should be considered:
People Over Police: With the amount of money allocated to one year of the NYPD budget, New York City could do any of the following:
Funding these programs will do more for public health and safety than the NYPD ever could.
Adapted from @_erichu and @wenevernever IG posts and @lpafridi thread. • Follow @changethenypd for informative graphics and budget literacy, and visit Movement for Black Lives for more actions. • For more info on defunding police in other cities and additional NYC scripts, check out this Google Doc. • Living document. Have suggestions or corrections? DM @studiocatgut. • Thanks to Li + colleagues from City Council for providing better information.
#DefundtheNYPD Public Commitment Tracker:
Find out who hasn’t committed to defund the NYPD and all their contact info.
We need 26 council members to veto the budget. See first tab for more info.
Input your address to find your councilmember info:
And input your name and borough to auto-generate an email:
Scott Stringer, New York City Comptroller:
Daniel Dromm, Chair of Committee on Finance:
Donovan Richards, Public Safety Chair:
Melanie Hartzog, NYC Budget Director:
Finance Committee Members:
If you call, you can save the phone number and call once a day.
Automated emails are easy to filter out on inboxes. First call, then send a follow-up email and change the subject line or customize it in some way, then tweet.
Works best if you have a mail client like Gmail or Mail set up on your phone or computer.
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am a resident of [BOROUGH]. I am calling on you and all city council members to commit to voting NO on the mayor’s proposed budget and significantly defunding the NYPD. I would like to redirect money away from NYPD into [YOUR LIST HERE, e.g. social services, housing, and education]. Please vote yes on a budget that significantly defunds the police, and publicly make a definitive statement in support of #DefundNYPD before the end of the month.
My name is [x] and I am a resident of [borough]. Last April, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio proposed major budget cuts for the Fiscal Year 2021, especially to education and youth programs, while refusing to slash the NYPD budget by any significant margin. I urge you to consider pressuring the office of the mayor towards an ethical and equal reallocation of the NYC expense budget. This means cutting overtime, implementing a hiring freeze to prevent violent over-policing, a moratorium on equipment, firearm, and military expenses, and an overall cut of at least $1 billion to the NYPD budget this year.
I am urging you to vote yes to a budget that significantly defunds the police. I am also asking that Council members remain transparent with their residents on the process of negotiation in the coming month, and publicly make a definitive statement in support of #DefundNYPD before the end of the month, so residents can hold them accountable.
Calling on @Dromm25 @DRichards13 @JumaaneWilliams and the NYC Budget Director to commit to voting NO on the current budget. The expenditure on police overtime for curfew highlights that the current budget favors police funding over social services and education. Change the budget NOW!
Insert your chosen officials’ handles above.
#DefundtheNYPD #DefundthePolice #NYCBudgetJustice
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