People’s Budget LA, a Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles-led coalition of activists working to defund the police and reinvest funds in human-centered services, applauds Los Angeles City Councilmembers Wesson, Martinez, Harris-Dawson, Price, Blumenfield, and O’Farrell for their recent motion to develop a crisis response system that diverts calls for services away from police and towards unarmed, skilled, and appropriate care workers.
This is a courageous step forward, and, if executed thoughtfully, Los Angeles could offer one of the most significant reimaginings of public safety in the nation. We look forward to working with elected leaders who are willing to stand on the side of people, instead of narrow police special interests, to implement this motion in a way that’s truly transformational.
When we fight, we win. And we’re just getting started.