Defund the police. Reimagine public safety.

The People’s Budget LA is a coalition led by BLMLA demanding a city budget that invests in the wellbeing of our communities with priority on supporting the underserved and marginalized.

Our current focus is on the 2021-22 city budget, realizing Participatory Budgeting Processes and on the implementation of Measure J.

Measure J Passed!

The People’s Budget LA coalition worked to pass Measure J, which permanently guarantees that an additional portion of the LA County budget goes to community investment and alternatives to incarceration. Coalition members are now focused on the implementation of this measure.

Our Demands

We demand that the Mayor and City Council make drastic changes to LA’s budget, including a new approach to public safety and substantial investments in Black and Brown communities.

Defund the police
54% of the unrestricted General Fund is currently allocated to LAPD. We demand that City Council and the Mayor disinvest from the police.

Adopt a People’s Budget
We have engaged in a participatory process, listened to the community, and came up with our own People’s Budget to reflect what Angelenos truly want.



Now more than ever, we need a budget centered on humanity.

History and Progress

  • 2013-Present
    The Foundation of The People’s Budget

    BLMLA and allies repeatedly sounded the alarm on outsized spending on LAPD. Over 618+ people have been killed by police in LA County during this time.

  • April 2020
    Black LA Demands
    BLMLA and more than 50 Black Los Angeles community leaders released the Black LA Demands, calling for investments to ensure Black residents have resources in light of COVID-19.

  • May 2020
    2020 People’s Budget Coalition Forms
    BLMLA convened The People’s Budget LA coalition. People’s Budget survey released and community town halls commence.

  • May 25, 2020
    George Floyd murdered by police in Minneapolis. #DefundThePolice becomes clarion call.

  • June 2020
    City Council Presentation

    BLMLA and The People’s Budget LA coalition presented the results of the survey, town halls and years of research to LA City Council. City Council responded with several policy proposals.

  • July 2020
    Town Halls and Direct Action
    BLMLA and The People’s Budget LA coalition continued to hold town halls and organize direct actions to inform how public safety policy moves forward.

  • August 2020-Present
    Policy Implementation

    People’s Budget Coalition continues to shape the implementation of motions coming from City Council.


The People’s Budget LA is a coalition convened by Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles. The coalition includes community organizations, faith leaders, parents, teachers, students, nonprofit leaders, and individuals from across Los Angeles.

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