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PAB Referendum Organizing Fund

$3,268 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 57 people in 15 months
The Police Accountability Board Alliance supports the Rochester Police Accountability Board legislation that was voted on and passed unanimously on May 21, 2019 by Rochester City Council.

The legislation is not a be-all and end-all solution, it's not exactly what we have been advocating for, and may not work in the same way that we imagined it would. However, the legislation is a good step toward substantive police accountability. All parties throughout this process are to be commended for their time, effort, and courage in getting us to this point. Special thanks goes out to City Council President Loretta Scott for her continued work and commitment over these past couple of years.

The passage of the legislation does NOT mean that the PAB is immediately established. The legislation is to be sent to the ballot for voters to decide on November 5th. The PAB will not go into effect unless the referendum passes. It is absolutely vital that the people of this city go out and vote in favor of the proposed PAB legislation on November 5th.

We commend the work and support of the 54 member organizations of the Alliance, the Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and the United Christian Leadership Ministry of Western NY. Through our efforts over these past two years, we have been able to bring the most progressive civilian oversight legislation in the country just one step away from being enacted. It is also vital that during this push, we remember and honor those whose lives have been disrupted, uprooted, destroyed or ended by police misconduct committed by the Rochester Police Department.

The work, though, is far from done. The Alliance is transitioning from a campaign of persuading public officials to pass the PAB legislation to a campaign of public education and voter turnout to make sure the referendum passes in November.

We are calling on you to help us raise the necessary resources to make sure the PAB referendum is passed on Nov. 5!

We are absolutely confident that the majority of Rochester city residents support fair, independent, and comprehensive oversight of police misconduct. The next step is to make sure the majority lends their votes on November 5th.

In order to make this legislation a reality, the Alliance is seeking individuals to help knock on doors and become literate with the legislation. Please reach out to us on our website, PABNOW.com or our Facebook page Police Accountability Board Alliance. This push will require more resources than we have currently. Please donate!

Although we have made it this far, organizing for the referendum will be the hardest work we’ve put in.

Join the campaign and sign up to volunteer at:  https://forms.gle/AvABPXFuRD4aYoEj8
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The Police Accountability Board Alliance supports the Rochester Police Accountability Board legislation that was voted on and passed unanimously on May 21, 2019 by Rochester City Council.

The legislation is not a be-all and end-all solution, it's not exactly what we have been advocating for, and may not work in the same way that we imagined it would. However, the legislation is a good step toward substantive police accountability. All parties throughout this process are to be commended for their time, effort, and courage in getting us to this point. Special thanks goes out to City Council President Loretta Scott for her continued work and commitment over these past couple of years.

The passage of the legislation does NOT mean that the PAB is immediately established. The legislation is to be sent to the ballot for voters to decide on November 5th. The PAB will not go into effect unless the referendum passes. It is absolutely vital that the people of this city go out and vote in favor of the proposed PAB legislation on November 5th.

We commend the work and support of the 54 member organizations of the Alliance, the Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and the United Christian Leadership Ministry of Western NY. Through our efforts over these past two years, we have been able to bring the most progressive civilian oversight legislation in the country just one step away from being enacted. It is also vital that during this push, we remember and honor those whose lives have been disrupted, uprooted, destroyed or ended by police misconduct committed by the Rochester Police Department.

The work, though, is far from done. The Alliance is transitioning from a campaign of persuading public officials to pass the PAB legislation to a campaign of public education and voter turnout to make sure the referendum passes in November.

We are calling on you to help us raise the necessary resources to make sure the PAB referendum is passed on Nov. 5!

We are absolutely confident that the majority of Rochester city residents support fair, independent, and comprehensive oversight of police misconduct. The next step is to make sure the majority lends their votes on November 5th.

In order to make this legislation a reality, the Alliance is seeking individuals to help knock on doors and become literate with the legislation. Please reach out to us on our website, PABNOW.com or our Facebook page Police Accountability Board Alliance. This push will require more resources than we have currently. Please donate!

Although we have made it this far, organizing for the referendum will be the hardest work we’ve put in.

Join the campaign and sign up to volunteer at: https://forms.gle/AvABPXFuRD4aYoEj8
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The Police Accountability Board Alliance has met with City Council three times going line by line through the ordinance. At this point, nothing is off the table. Your public and financial support are invaluable in keeping the pressure on Council to do the right thing: pass a PAB with the 5 pillars and a budget to operate. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, PAB supporters packed City Council. When speakers would go up to speak on the PAB, everyone stood with black signs held high. In white lettering, the front said "You're listening but..." On the backs of the signs were the names of nearly 40 people who have either been killed by the Rochester Police Department or physically injured. When the speaker would start speaking at the podium, say a name and ask for 2 min. of silence, the audience turned their signs around with all those names glaring in the faces of City Council. The people were silent as church mice. It was powerful. There is video on the PAB Alliance facebook page. And lots of photos. Thank you for your continued and exuberant support! Justice is coming! <3
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Great news everyone. At the end of May, Rochester City Council released the legal opinion from Harris Beach as well as the Corporation Counsel's rebuttal. The Police Accountability Board Alliance is having a press conference next Wednesday to elucidate a way forward to show how Rochester City Council can establish a Police Accountability Board. (Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1988538147874345/) For the time being, we are still raising money for potential legal work as we advance towards victory and the passage of a Police Accountability Board that this community has demanded for over 50 years. Also, if you didn't see it, a new article and damning video showing three RPD officers brutalizing David Vann, in handcuffs, in 2015, was released on Rochester.Indymedia.org. The link to the article is: http://rochester.indymedia.org/node/147955. As always, we greatly and humbly appreciate all of the donations, well-wishes, and support. Please keep sharing this campaign. And come to an Enough Is Enough cook out to raise funds for Travis Welch, another person of color, brutalized by the RPD: https://www.facebook.com/events/841903109313527/. THANK YOU!!! <3 <3
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One more update! We are still collecting funds. We may need legal assistance with changing the City Charter, referendums, and other issues as they come up. Please continue sharing this fundraiser and thank you so much for your support! <3
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