For the past two years, the People’s Budget campaign has forced conversations and action for equity and justice in the Long Beach city budget. Because Black, Latinx, Cambodian, Filipino, White, and other members of the community came together, Long Beach started reversing historic patterns of disinvesting in communities of color. From funding for language access, to a youth strategic plan, to universal legal representation for immigrants, the people have proven we know how to make our communities safe and healthy.
Today, we are at a critical juncture in our city’s history and our nation’s history. Amid a global pandemic and uprising, we are all bearing witness once again to systemic oppressions driven by racism, capitalism, and white supremacy. Whether it is police criminalizing and committing direct violence on Black bodies or greedy developers gentrifying our neighborhoods and displacing our neighbors, our communities have had enough. Now is the time for bold change that puts Black lives at the center and reduces harm in every way, prioritizes communities first, invests in real essential services, and reimagines community safety.
As a multicultural and multigenerational alliance, we are calling on Mayor Robert Garcia, all nine City Councilmembers, and City Manager Tom Modica to adopt the People’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2021. Black Lives Matter, and all our communities cannot wait any longer.
Where are we at with defunding LBPD and passing the People’s Budget? Join leaders with the #PeoplesBudgetLB campaign on Wednesday, August 4 at 1pm to discuss the newly released budget proposals from the City Manager and Mayor and how we can continue pushing for the People’s Budget with the City Council.
Where are we at with defunding LBPD and passing the People’s Budget? Join leaders with the #PeoplesBudgetLB campaign on Wednesday, August 4 at 1pm to discuss the newly released budget proposals from the City Manager and Mayor and how we can continue pushing for the People’s Budget with the City Council
It is with great compassion we view the suffering of our black and brown brothers and sisters at the hands of racist, violent police officers in our country. The recent killing of George Floyd was the spark that has set off protests in all 50 states and over 2000 American cities and towns including Long Beach but also internationally.
It was a spark that landed in the fuel of similar incidents of police brutality and murder of Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, AmadouDiallo, Freddie Gray and etc. etc. etc.
We know not all police officers are racist. Some have even joined the protests in sympathy. However, there are those police officers that are racist, who with excessive force injure and kill Black citizens and the system does not penalized them for their behavior. There exists systemic racism in police departments throughout our country. This system allows higher rates of stops, arrests, use of force and incarceration of people of color because of both bias and the reward structure.
This system must change.
Racism will not be eliminated in our country as quickly as we would like. But together with our community partners we will work to get the justice, fairness, inclusion and equity that makes us stronger as a nation.
Martin Luther King Jr.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Census 2020 participation in Long Beach is just under 60%. There is till time to complete your Census by phone, computer, or mail. Reach out to us if you need assistance.
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