Tell City Council: Care, Not Cops

Call City Council President Nury Martinez:

Delay the budget vote

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s current proposed $10.5 billion budget for Los Angeles reduces services, furloughs city workers, and cuts the budget of all city departments with one big exception: the Los Angeles Police Department.  Mayor Garcetti not only does not cut the Los Angeles Police Department’s budget, but he proposes increases to the budget, specifically $47 million dollars in overtime pay. As it stands now, the  LAPD already receives 53-54% of Los Angeles’s discretionary spending budget. The Mayor is attempting to fast track this process, to stop community input. He wants the City Council to vote on this budget on May 21st, when the deadline is not until July 1 to pass the budget. We demand community input in this process.

City Council President Nury Martinez needs to hear from us immediately so that they don’t pass this budget un-checked on the 21st. Calling only takes a few minutes – grab your phone and get started.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Practice reading the script below out loud. Add in details about who you are and what’s important to you. (Or, ditch the script and write your own message!)
2. Grab your phone, if it isn’t already nearby.
3. Call Nury Martinez’s office at (213) 473-7006
4. Leave your message with a staff member, or leave a voicemail if no one picks up.

SAMPLE SCRIPT

Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I live in [YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD]. I am asking you to delay the budget vote scheduled for the next City Council meeting and give the community an opportunity to give meaningful input into the document that is crucial to the well-being of all Angelenos in the coming year.

A budget is a reflection of our city’s values. Right now, we have a moral imperative to provide services that keep people housed and healthy, that strengthen small businesses and help people thrive. We don’t need more police and we can’t afford to pass another budget overwhelmingly devoted to police over people. We need Los Angeles to prioritize providing housing, strengthening small business, and building health services, food programs, and other services that help our city thrive- not to fill police coffers.

ADD YOUR PERSONAL STORY


— I was laid off because of coronavirus, and am forced to choose between rent and…
— My children rely on x program…
— My small business is suffering

Call Your City Council Representative:

Vote for a People’s Budget

Your City Council Representative needs to hear from us to vote for a people’s budget rather than the current budget that puts police over services for people. Calling only takes a few minutes – grab your phone and get started.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Practice reading the script below out loud. Add in details about who you are and what’s important to you. (Or, ditch the script and write your own message!)
2. Grab your phone, if it isn’t already nearby.
3. Find your local representative and their number here (put in your address and scroll down to your Council Member under “Los Angeles”).
4. Leave your message with a staff member, or leave a voicemail if no one picks up.

SAMPLE SCRIPT
Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I live in [YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD]. I am asking you to vote against the proposed budget scheduled for the next City Council meeting and vote instead for a budget that reflects the priorities and needs of Angelenos.

We want a budget that reflects our priorities and needs. We want more services for unhoused Angelenos, including housing in the thousands of empty hotel rooms throughout the city; more mental health services; rent suspension and forgiveness for the 55% of Angelenos who are currently unemployed; more funding for public schools and resources to ensure all students — regardless of their situation — can continue learning during these uncertain times.

A budget is a reflection of our city’s values. Right now, we have a moral imperative to provide services that keep people housed and healthy, that strengthen small businesses and help people thrive. We don’t need more police and we can’t afford to pass another budget overwhelmingly devoted to police over people. We need Los Angeles to prioritize housing, health services, food programs, and other services- not to fill police coffers.

ADD YOUR PERSONAL STORY
— I was laid off because of coronavirus, and am forced to choose between rent and…
— My children rely on x program…
— My small business is suffering

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