I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been a little discouraged over this last week. That why for this week’s recommendation, I picked a movement that gives me a lot of hope: #NoCopAcademy. #NoCopAcademy opposes the construction of a $95 million dollar police academy on Chicago’s Southside. This campaign is being waged by savvy, courageous organizers, led by young Black people. I think it can win and that you should get involved. Here’s how:
Learn more about the campaign.
The #NoCopAcademy campaign is an effort supported by community organizations across Chicago, that want to see $95 million invested in our communities rather than police training grounds. From the statement of opposition:
Chicago already spends $1.5 billion on police every year—that’s $4 million every single day. We spend 300% more on the CPD as a city than we do on the Departments of Public Health, family and support services, transportation, and planning and development (which handles affordable housing). This plan is being praised as a development opportunity to help local residents around the proposed site, but when Rahm closed 50 schools in 2013, six were in this neighborhood. The message is clear: Rahm supports schools and resources for cops, not for Black and Brown kids.
We demand a redirecting of this $95 million into Chicago’s most marginalized communities instead. Real community safety comes from fully-funded schools and mental health centers, robust after-school and job- training programs, and social and economic justice. We want investment in our communities, not expanded resources for police.
Listen to young Black people explain why they oppose the cop academy
Check out one of their amazing protests
Contact your alderman and tell them that want investment in education, not policing. You can get their contact information here.
Get caught up with the latest news about the campaign. You can read about what went down at City Hall recently and hear from one of the lawyers associated with the campaign.
Follow #NoCopAcademy on social media, so you’re ready to act when they ask for your support.