SIGN NOW - Care Not Cops in San Francisco!

This year—like every year—San Francisco’s City Government wants to steal millions of dollars from the people & gift it to the SFPD: the most mismanaged & untrustworthy department in the City. They take this money from us: from struggling food banks, from our children’s classrooms, from harm-reduction services & healthcare. Beyond their bloated budget, SFPD continues to rob us of our lives & our dignity.

In a safe city, we take care of EVERYONE -- we house our people; we make sure families have food; we invest in educating our young people; & we respond to our crises with care. Fighting for a safe city means building a compassionate city. Community-based approaches to housing, education, healthcare, & safety continue to prove successful and life-saving, while the police aggravate poverty & violence at every turn.

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BACKGROUND
Since 2004, Lavender Phoenix has built grassroots, trans and queer Asian and Pacific Islander power in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As systems continue to fail us, our work has ALWAYS been about the safety of our communities. However, people in power continue to vote on budgets that fund the institutions that hurt our people and steal money from our communities. Last year, that looked like $63 million added to police funding, along with major cuts to services, such as reparations, tenant improvement grants, senior support, and assistance to small businesses. 

This year, Mayor London Breed and the SFPD continue to invest in policing in OUR name, telling the story that both queer people and API people believe we need MORE police. But we know very intimately the harm that these institutions enact on our communities. In order to build a truly safe city, we are organizing to demand CARE NOT COPS.
DEMANDS FOR JUNE 2024
We demand a 50% redirection of the SFPD budget:
  • We demand no budget growth for future fiscal years and an end to increases outside of the budget cycle.
  • We demand a cap in police overtime and pay that results in increasing gaps between SFPD and non-police City workers.
  • We demand an end to police programs that protect property over people, like street sweeps and “safe shopping programs.
We demand this $400 million be restored to meeting the basic needs of San Francisco residents:
  • With $200 million a year, all 8000 unhoused San Franciscans can be provided affordable supportive housing, the only solution to homelessness on our streets.
  • With $400 million a year, all 8000 unhoused San Franciscans can be given universal basic income to meet their needs.

SIGN ON TODAY!
On the road to the final budget decisions in June 2024, there'll be many chances for our voices to be heard. Sign this petition to join us!

By signing on today, if you're in San Francisco, your name will be delivered to elected representatives at City Hall.
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Care Not Cops presented by Lavender Phoenix, endorsed by Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP); Senior & Disability Action (SDA); DPH Must Divest; Transgender Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), SF Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (SFCHRP), Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC), SF Rising and Critical Resistance
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