Take Action for #NYCBudgetJustice

Billy Porter, Mark Ruffalo, John Leguizamo, Tituss Burgess, Claude Copeland, Brandon Victor Dixon, Kathy Najimy, Fisher Stevens, and frontline activists call on Mayor de Blasio and City Council to cut at least $1B from NYPD budget & redirect funds to Black, Latinx & other communities of color.

This video is a collaborative project of Communities United for Police Reform (CPR, Working Families Party, We Stand United and About Face).


Use the below script to help you on a call. Find your councilmember here.

Hello, my name is ________ . [If you live in the district, identify yourself as a constituent.]

I read in the news that Mayor de Blasio may cut 22,000 New York city jobs which would be devastating. With just days left until the NYC fiscal year 2021 budget has to be approved, you must act now!

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have taken to the streets with one unrelenting demand, Defund NYPD; currently, hundreds occupy City Hall, with the same call. Cutting at least $1 billion DIRECTLY from the NYPD’s expense budget will automatically yield additional savings from other City budget areas, including fringe and pensions that should be redirected to support communities most devasted by COVID-19. Moving cops from the NYPD to other agencies will not decrease police violence or yield any money that can help New Yorkers such as myself thrive.

Can I count on you to fight and not approve a budget unless it cuts the NYPD's FY21 budget by at least $1 billion dollars this year - with all related savings to be redirected to key programs, services in infrastructure in Black, Latinx and other communities of color that have been most devastated by COVID-19 and police violence?

Hit "Click To Tweet" to send the below sample posts, feel free to change .@NYCCouncil to your councilmember's twitter handle or make message your own.

.@NYCMayor @NYCSpeakerCoJo @NYCCouncil: Our demand to #DefundNYPD FY21 expense budget by at least $1 billion is a floor, not a ceiling! We won't stand for fuzzy math or budget musical chairs. Will you prioritize NYers basic needs or will you prioritize police? #NYCBudgetJustice

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.@NYCMayor @NYCSpeakerCoJo & @NYCCouncil cutting the NYPD’s FY21 expense budget by at least $1B will yield even more savings that can be invested in our communities, provide #COVID19 relief & ensure physical/mental health care. Will you do this? #DefundNYPD #NYCBudgetJustice

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.@NYCCouncil @NYCSpeakerCoJo the time is now! Can we count on you to ONLY vote for a budget that 1️⃣#DefundNYPD's FY21 budget by at least $1B & reinvests in our communities 2️⃣Block increases of NYPD budget lines & 3️⃣Increases NYPD budget transparency? #NYCBudgetJustice

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.@NYCMayor @NYCSpeakerCoJo @NYCCouncil: Moving cops from NYPD to other agencies won't decrease police violence or yield monies that can be re-directed for NYers. Will you commit to #DefundNYPD by at least $1 billion & reinvest that $$$ & related savings into our communities?

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Topics: NYC Budget Justice