A Modest First Step, But Not the Last

Black Lives Matter march in Calgary, June 3, 2020. Photo credit: Jon Yee

We view Councillor Woolley’s motion for a 5% reduction to the CPS budget to be a modest first step to rebuild trust. We call on Calgary City Council to pass this motion and do more to support our communities. 

Where Could the Money Go

By Elle Jay

Black Lives Matter march in Calgary, June 3, 2020. Photo credit: Jon Yee

Which programs could make the best use of the funding transferred from a reduced police budget? The truth is, there is no lack of options when it comes to organizations that could use this money in better, more constructive and safer ways that the police.

What do we want to fund?

Black Lives Matter march in Calgary, June 3, 2020. Photo credit: Jon Yee

The Calgary Police Service (CPS) promised Calgarians to reallocate its resources to develop better ways to respond to vulnerable Calgarians. The CPS’ own data shows that 30% of their calls are to vulnerable Calgarians. It follows that the CPS must reduce its budget by 30% and that these funds should be invested in our communities. 

Does the Calgary Police Service think Calgarians are the enemy?

By Joël Laforest

Police ride in military vehicles carrying dehumanizing trinkets celebrating their ability to destroy our lives. We must address this culture of violence by reallocating police funding to instead support community initiatives.

 

This Essential Documentary Tells the Story of Brutality in the Calgary Police Service

Defunding the Police is not a radical concept. It is an acknowledgment of the role police play in the trauma of marginalized communities. Proof of this trauma is easily found in the CBC documentary Above The Law, airing now on CBC Gem.

 

If You’ve Been Listening, You Know What Is Just and Necessary

By Courtney Walcott

Defunding is about supporting community needs. It is about attacking the root causes of issues that affect many in our society. Rather than funding a reactive police force, Defund2Fund seeks to build a proactive and resilient community.

 

So you don’t support defunding the police?

by Megan Eichhorn

Reallocating (a.k.a defunding) the police budget will help to reduce incarceration - which has a disproportionate impact on racialized communities - by utilizing evidence-based social services that address root causes such as mental health, homelessness, poverty, discrimination and more. It will also reduce strain on taxpayer-funded systems such as justice, police and the courts. The concept behind defunding police benefits everyone.

 

 

Calgary Defund Coalition Letter to Calgary City Council

by Calgary Defund Coalition

We are not asking for community policing. We are not asking you to create more paternalistic systems. We are calling on you, Calgary City Council, to Defund the Police so you can Fund the Community. This letter represents a coalition of community members, activists, organizers and organizations from Calgary and area in partnership with anti-racism groups from across Alberta.

 

 

PETITION: Reallocate the Calgary Police Service Budget and Reinvest in Our Communities Now

by Courtney Walcott

The Defund2Fund Coaltion is seeking a 30% reduction to the CPS budget, to be reallocated throughout our communities, to rebuild trust, and to rectify systemic barriers in the financial capacity of Black, Indigenous, other racialized communities and  2SLGBTQ+ people.

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The Defund2Fund Coalition is a diverse collection of Calgarians - made up of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Non-People of Colour and 2SLGBTQ+ organizations and individuals - who share a vision of a more resilient, more humane Calgary.

The Calgary Police Service committed to Calgary City Council that it can: "reallocat[e] resources from [its] existing budget to work with community partners to develop alternative ways to respond to Calgarians in crisis". There are more humane, cost-effective ways to support vulnerable persons. 

We call on Calgary City Council to reduce the Calgary Police Service budget by 30%, to be reallocated and reinvested throughout our communities, to rebuild trust and to rectify systemic barriers.

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