An Anthology for Reimagining Public Safety

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What is meant by Defund the Police?

What do we mean by defunding the police? The history of police and its continued legacy since the first official police department 1844 has continued to be one of oppression and community pain. Over the centuries the police have continued to be a growing force continuing to balloon in budget and responsibilities. The era in which police consume large amounts of communities’ budgets and are utilized to terrorize and suppress its citizens must end.

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The Emerging Movement for Police and Prison Abolition by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Black Agenda Report, 12 May 2021

What does ‘defund the police’ mean and does it have merit? by Rashawn Ray, Brookings Institute, 19 June 2020

Defunding the Police Will Actually Make Us Safer by Paige Fernandez, ACLU, 11 June 2020

Beyond Policing: Investing in Offices of Neighborhood Safety by Betsy Pearl, Center for American Progress, 15 October 2020

Beyond Policing to Community Peacekeeping, by Eric Campbell, Riverwise, 14 October 2020

U-M Project Documents Cover-ups of Dozens of Detroit Police Shootings of Unarmed Black Men from 1957-73, by Bill McGraw, Deadline Detroit, 4 May 2021

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2020 – by Wendy Sawyer and Peter Wagner, Prison Policy Initiative, 24 March 2020



Useful websites

Defund the Police – We call for a national defunding of police. We demand investment in our communities and the resources to ensure Black people not only survive, but thrive.

DEFUND THE POLICE – A one-stop-shop for organizers and advocates looking for tools, resources, trainings, legislation and policies.

Prison Policy Initiative – Produces cutting edge research to expose the broader harm of mass criminalization…

Abolition for the People – 30 stories from organizers, political prisoners, scholars, and advocates — all of which point to the crucial conclusion that policing and prisons do not serve as catch-all solutions for the issues and people the state deems social problems.

Prison Abolition Syllabus 2.0 – A resource provided by Black Perspectives, the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). 




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