DEFUND THE POLICE: Articles & Action

Updated: Jun 7


The following are some resources to help you learn more about the movement to defund the police & concrete steps you can take to make this change happen. Remember the email template at the bottom of the page is just that: a template. Please feel free to re-word it to best suit your personal stance on the issue. I, personally, believe the biggest issue currently at hand is to make significant changes to our current city budget in a manner that allows for increased funding to mental health & community support systems, as described in my BLM post.

xo Bo



"We must move... to significantly defund the police and redirect resources into community-based initiatives that can produce real safety and security without the violence and racism inherent in the criminal justice system.” - Alex S. Vitale

ARTICLES:

  1. The Toronto Star: In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, calls grow to ‘defund the police.’ But what would that actually mean?

  2. The Guardian: The answer to police violence is not 'reform'. It's defunding. Here's why

  3. Huffington Post Opinion: Defunding The Police Will Save Black And Indigenous Lives In Canada

  4. The Nation: The Only Solution Is to Defund the Police

  5. The Globe & Mail: Four officers, no weapons, no charges: A Yukon First Nation’s solution for keeping the peace

  6. Maclean's: We must defund the police. It is the only option.


ACTION:

  1. Toronto: Use this template to email Mayor John Tory & your city counsellors.

  2. Peel Region: Use this template to email the Mayors of Brampton, Mississauga, & Caledon, plus applicable counsellors.

  3. Montreal: Use this template to email Mayor Val Plante & your city counsellors.

  4. Vancouver: Use this template to email Mayor Kennedy Stewart & your city counsellors.

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