JUFJ has been working with partners on police accountability since 2015. In this moment of national outrage and uprising due to racist police violence, we are more called than ever to truly transform public safety in our region. Decades of work to reform police departments has proven ineffective. We must couple reform with a transition away from a reliance on police to an investment in Black communities and development of alternatives to policing.
We are working with Organizing Black and our other partners from the Campaign for Justice, Safety and Jobs to reduce the Baltimore Police Department’s budget in order to invest in life-giving services for the people of our city.
ACTION TO BE TAKEN
Email Baltimore City Leaders:
If you are a city resident, email Mayor Young urging him to sign Charter Amendment 19-0379 into law, so that it will appear on the November ballot. This Charter Amendment will grant City Council the authority to reallocate funds in the budget, not just make cuts.
To read more about what a Charter Amendment is and what it would do, click here.
Email Baltimore County leaders:
If you are a Baltimore County resident, email your Council representative urging their support on a critical police accountability bill. Bill #73-20, sponsored by Councilman Julian Jones, will Baltimore County police accountable to the community, restrict use of force, and to make sure that officers who do the right thing are protected from retaliation.
We’re making calls in Baltimore County for police accountability. Email email@example.com if you’d like to pitch in.
This Tisha B’Av, join us as we collectively mourn and organize around contemporary tragedies: racist and inequitable policing, ICE’s targeting of immigrant communities, and an affordable housing crisis exacerbated by COVID-19.
Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the month of Av) is a day of communal mourning for Jewish people, commemorating numerous catastrophes that happened on that day throughout history.
Sign up to attend the hearing for police accountability bill #73-20. This will take place on Tuesday, 7/28 at 4 pm. It is crucial that there is widespread public support for this bill. Please attend (virtually) and provide testimony if you are able.
View the city councilmember list and their contact information by clicking below.
How to attend a virtual public meeting
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August 12 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us to recap what happened with DC’s budget, and to hear from organizers leading campaigns to support excluded workers, challenge police misconduct, and defund MPD. Together we’ll learn about what’s next in the fight to build a more just and equitable DC. We’ll also review our Just Recovery camp…
August 26 | 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Join JUFJ’s Maryland strategy team as we plan our ongoing response to the pandemic.
September 15 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sign up to join our next Racial Equity and Policing Team meeting.