By completing the form below, you are expressing your organization's endorsement of Communities United For Police Reform (CPR)’s #NYCBudgetJustice campaign goals and demands. For the FY21 budget that the Mayor and City Council are expected to finalize before or by June 30, 2020, the NYC Budget Justice campaign is calling on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker Corey Johnson and the City Council to cut AT LEAST $1 billion directly from the NYPD's bloated, almost-$6 billion FY21 expense budget - and redirect all related monies and savings to crucial services, programs & infrastructure in Black, Latinx and other communities of color. Communities of color have been essentially defunded for years. Cutting and redirecting a minimum of at least $1 billion directly from the NYPD FY21 expense budget is necessary to help ensure a more equitable COVID-19 recovery in NYC. For NYC's FY21 budget, this means:
1. Cut *AT LEAST* $1 billion directly from the NYPD's bloated, non-transparent, almost $6 billion FY21 expense budget and redirect all related and additional savings to core needs in Black, Latinx and other NYC communities of color. This must include eliminating the role of the NYPD in social services and schools so that those funds can be used to support NYC communities to help ensure an equitable recovery in the pandemic, instead of criminalization and policing.
Our call is for the Mayor, Speaker & City Council to cut at least $1 billion directly from the NYPD FY21 expense budget - $1 billion is the floor, not the ceiling of what should be cut directly from the NYPD's FY21 expense budget. We will not be satisfied by funny math or musical budget chairs. Falsely claiming fringe and pension cost as part of the at least $1 billion we are calling for to be cut from the NYPD FY21 expense budget will be seen as the fuzzy, misleading math it is. (Fringe and pension costs for the NYPD and many City agencies are not technically part of the agency budget. Cutting at least $1 billion to be cut directly from the NYPD FY21 expense budget can yield over $2B in savings that can be redirected to communities.)
2. Deny & cancel any new policing-related initiatives and related budget increases in the NYPD’s FY21 expense budget. This includes cancelling the misguided "ambassador" program in the NYPD, recently announced by the Mayor. The City can't afford to let the NYPD continue to create new public relations initiatives while our public health infrastructure, core programs and social safety net don’t adequately meet the survival needs of Black, Latinx and other communities of color.
3. Require increased NYPD budget transparency through terms & conditions on the NYPD budget, including disclosure of private outside donations to the NYPD of $5,000 or more per year, with detailed itemization of expenses paid through private sources; and requirements for more detailed NYPD units of appropriation to decrease the secrecy of the NYPD’s bloated budget in future years.
What does it mean for an organization to endorse the #NYCBudgetJustice campaign?
Endorsing means that your organization will be listed on the CPR website and in public materials related to the NYC Budget Justice campaign. Your organization will be part of the #NYCBudgetJustice coalition that CPR coordinates, and will receive email updates about the campaign to pass a more equitable NYC budget. As an endorsing organization, you can show your support by:
- Mobilizing for campaign events & actions
- Encouraging your members to contact Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Corey Johnson and City Councilmembers to urge that they refuse to pass a budget that doesn't cut the NYPD FY21 expense budget by at least $1 billion & redirect those monies and all related savings to Black, Latinx and other communities of color
- Sharing information on social media
- Reaching out to your networks to encourage others to endorse this crucial step towards reducing police violence and prioritizing taxpayer monies in communities of color instead of criminalization and policing.
Thank you for joining the tens of thousands of New Yorkers calling for a more equitable FY21 budget that prioritizes New Yorkers, not the police.