Take Action for #NYCBudgetJustice

In 2020, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) led a historic #NYCBudgetJustice coalition of over 200 local and national organizations that demanded a $1B cut of the NYPD's expense budget in FY21 and the reallocation of those monies to core service programs and infrastructure for Black, Latinx and other communities of color. Following a year of historic protests, it’s critical that we keep the pressure up and hold our elected officials accountable, especially after last year’s budget tricks and funny math. 

Last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Corey Johnson promised to reduce the NYPD's budget by $1B, but that was a one-billion-dollar lie. Communities need Mayor de Blasio and City Council make good on their promise to significantly decrease the NYPD’s bloated expense budget and redirect resources to Black, Latinx and other communities of color, not prioritize the NYPD. 

New Yorkers demand a budget that invests in non-police health & safety solutions --- not more failed policing strategies. We are calling on the Mayor and the City Council to:

1. Follow through on last year’s promise to cut at least $1 billion from the NYPD FY22 expense budget and redirect all savings to non-police health and safety solutions. 

2. Deny and cancel all new policing-related initiatives and staffing, including hundreds of millions for new NYPD positions and consulting contracts for fake “police reform” initiatives that do nothing to increase safety.

3. Require NYPD transparency in the budget by updating transparency-related terms and conditions from last year that would require the NYPD to report on NYC Police Foundation monies used for NYPD programs.

4. Cancel the citywide expansion of a counterproductive and unproven mental health response pilot that is buried in the budget - and redirect the $100M+ to culturally competent mental health infrastructure/programs in Black, Latinx and other communities of color.

Tell your City Council Member that we need transformative change, significant investments in communities and to #DefundNYPD! 


Hi, my name is _______ and as a constituent, I’m calling to ask that Council Member vote no on the FY22 budget because it is expected to increase the NYPD's already bloated budget by hundreds of millions of dollars while short-changing non-police safety solutions that we need to keep our communities safe.

Last year, Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Corey Johnson committed to cut the NYPD by $1 billion, but there were no meaningful cuts to the NYPD’s bloated budget - just funny math & budget tricks. Now, the NYPD’s budget is set to increase and add hundreds of NYPD staff and consultants that won't make us safer.

Will Councilmember _______ commit to voting NO on a budget that increases funding to the NYPD and push to keep last year's commitment to cut the NYPD budget at least the $1 billion? 

I would like a response to this request and a chance to discuss this before the fiscal year 2022 budget is voted on, here is my phone number to get back to me: _______________. Thank you.

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Hey @NYCMayor and @NYCSpeakerCoJo, we don’t forget. Last year you said you would #DefundNYPD by $1B, but that never happened. This year we’re calling on you and @NYCCouncil to truly commit to #NYCBudgetJustice. Communities need care, not cops. bit.ly/CPRBudgetAction

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In 2020, thousands of NYer’s marched in support of #DefundNYPD. Let’s bring that same energy to #NYCBudgetJustice in 2021. Let City Council know that you support cutting the NYPD’s bloated $6B budget. Email and Tweet at your City Council Member: bit.ly/CPRBudgetAction

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Budgets are value statements: what will New York’s say? We need cuts to the bloated NYPD budget, not increases for a police department that kills our neighbors, attacks our rights, and emboldens white supremacy. Email your CM today: bit.ly/CPRBudgetAction #NYCBudgetJustice

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Say their names: #DelrawnSmall #KawaskiTrawick #EricGarner #AntonioWilliams #MohamedBah #AllanFeliz. #NYPD officers who killed these NYer’s are still on the force. If we want to end police killings we need #NYCBudgetJustice and to #DefundNYPD. Email your CM: bit.ly/CPRBudgetAction

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Agencies in all parts of City government had hiring freezes last year, but not the NYPD. They play by their own rules. Communities hit hardest by COVID need good jobs, not more cops. Email & Tweet your City Council Member for #NYCBudgetJustice. #DefundNYPD bit.ly/CPRBudgetAction

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