Former mayor's office staffers are asking for financial support for two extraordinary grassroots organizations that are leading the movement to divest $1 billion from the New York City Police Department and invest that money into our communities.
Over the past few weeks, we've been working with a group of former de Blasio Administration staffers who have joined together to demand that the Mayor live up to his progressive promises and take on the racist police violence of the NYPD.
On June 3rd, we published an open letter to Mayor de Blasio calling for radical and immediate change to the NYPD, including $1 billion in cuts to its Fiscal Year 2021 budget; the firing of all officers found to have used excessive force or covered their badges at protests; and the appointment of an independent commission to investigate the Mayor’s and the NYPD's responses to the May and June protests against police violence.
On June 8th, hundreds of us rallied outside City Hall and marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to show the Mayor our collective strength and amplify our demands.
Now, we are joining together to raise funds for Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), a coalition of community organizations that is leading the movement to defund the NYPD by at least $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2021 and invest that money into Black communities and other communities of color. We are directing half of all money raised for CPR to the Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC), a Black-led, Brooklyn-based member organization of CPR that is dedicated to nurturing local leadership, building community power, and winning concrete improvements in people’s lives.
We are suggesting a donation of $19, in honor of Juneteenth. For those who have the resources, please consider giving more. We also encourage you to share our fundraising call with your own community of family and friends.
Finally, we invite you to support this work by joining us at a rally this weekend. Details about the rally will be shared in the coming days.
Thank you for your generosity and for being a part of this movement.
Former Mayor's Office Staff
We are a group of former staffers in the de Blasio Administration who originally came together to publish the open letter to the Mayor and have continued to work in support of activists' demands to #DefundNYPD.
We all still currently live and work in New York City. We chose to raise funds for Communities United for Police Reform & Brooklyn Movement Center because they are on the forefront of this work, and we organized this fundraiser in consultation with both organizations. Half of money raised will go directly to CPR and the other half will go directly to BMC.