Wednesday, June 3, 2020

"Talk out of School": Defunding the Police and Investing in our Schools instead

Please check out the latest "Talk out of School" podcast featuring Alex Vitale, professor at Brooklyn College and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project, and Jasmine Gripper, Executive Director of Alliance for Quality Education

They discuss how over-policing in NYC and elsewhere has contributed to the unrest and violence that has erupted throughout the city and the nation in recent days, how the Mayor's proposed budget cuts the NYPD budget less than 1%, while cutting education by 3%, and why the city should instead be disinvesting in the police and School Safety Agents, and use the savings to hire more teachers, social workers, and counselors instead.

Alex Vitale also spoke about the secret gang database, created by the NYPD with  help from School Safety Agents, and Jasmine Gripper countered the false claims of Gov. Cuomo that he has worked for more equitable school funding while the opposite is true.

Thanks to AQE, you can send a message to the Mayor about de-funding the police here.  For more information on this issue, check out the budget demands of  Communities United for Police Reform (CPR)  and  The End of Policing by Alex Vitale , available for download as an e-book for free. 

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