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.
Now more than ever, we need a budget centered on humanity.
History and Progress
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
People’s Budget Coalition continues to shape the implementation of motions coming from City Council.