These are general scripts and are by no means comprehensive. Please change/alter them as you see fit.
Dear [Insert Elected Official’s Name Here],
I am an Angeleno and I live in District [Fill in Your District Number]. I am writing to demand you consider the People’s Budget LA for the 2020-2021 fiscal year and revise the current budget accordingly.
Unlike the Mayor’s budget, which — even with cuts and proposed reapportionments — gives more than half of unrestricted funds to the LAPD, the Peoples Budget LA gives only 1.64% to the police. Survey takers determined that the city should prioritize universal needs (such as housing, childcare, healthy food, clear air and water), pandemic recovery, built environment, and reimagined public safety over the police department. You need to engage directly with communities, especially Black and Indigenous communities — the most at risk of police brutality and murder — to create a budget that serves ALL Angelenos.
The proposed cuts are not even close to being enough. You need to truly defund the police by more than 4.76%. That is pocket change. The LAPD must be replaced by a non-LAPD, unarmed and well-trained alternative.
I urge you to support the People’s Budget LA and commit to defunding the police.
Thank you for your time,
[Sign Your Name].
Think of this as General Public Comment that lasts as long as you want.
My name is [Your Name] and I live in [Fill in Your District Number]. I want to share my thoughts on the budget with [Councilmember/Mayor].
The proposed cuts are not even close to being enough.[Elected official] needs to truly defund the police by more than 4.76%. That is pocket change. The LAPD must be replaced by a non-LAPD, unarmed and well-trained alternative.