LA City Council’s Reimagining Public Safety Town Hall at 6 PM
This town hall will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 pm PDT over Zoom.
You can RSVP here for call details.
(Make sure to share the tweets at the bottom of this page to spread the word to your community and network.)
CALL IN OR JOIN ZOOM FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.
We want to use the town hall as a space to prioritize the voices of those who are most impacted by the disastrous effects of policing. We ask our Black and Latinx comrades to use the Zoom “raise hand” feature in order to be added to the queue to give comments and feedback.
If you are joining via phone, you can dial *9 to “raise your hand” and *6 to unmute and mute yourself when you’re called upon. Please do this early in the call to increase the likelihood that you’ll get to share!
GENERAL GUIDANCE: We want to make sure that we focus our comments on moving away from police responses. Solutions that rely upon trained specialists, such as interventionists and mental health professionals, and community members are vital. We want to reimagine public safety by considering the ways that community members and other civilians help keep us safe.
Council member Herb Wesson made it clear that the Council wants to use this space to solicit feedback on how this motion should be implemented. You can and should feel free to outline how specific scenarios would be addressed without police intervention.
Below is some language you can use to help you think about how to frame your responses. You can think of these as idea-starters–we want your actual responses to be as authentic as possible!
Talking Point 1: COMMUNITY IMPLEMENTATION
We appreciate that Herb Wesson and the other council members here this evening have taken the time to hear the voices of the community, but it’s important that community stakeholders, especially Black and Brown folks from around the city are given a seat at the table to ensure that we’re really taking measures that work for the betterment of all Angelenos, especially those most harmed by policing. Community members, not the LAPPL and LAPD, should be the ones overseeing the implementation of this motion. We, not them, need a seat at the table.
Talking Point 2: MENTAL HEALTH CALLS
Police calls for mental health crises are a big issue and can turn deadly, as was the case for Grechario Mack. We need to make sure that mental health professionals respond to mental health issues, and that those calls are decoupled from police. If someone is acting erratically or is clearly just having a difficult time, we need to send professionals who can intervene and connect those people with additional support and resources, if necessary.
Talking Point 3: COMMUNITY SAFETY PARTNERSHIP
One of the reasons that violence interruption and safe passages programs are so successful is that they rely on community members and not police. If the Community Safety Partnership continues to give jobs that should go to civilians and highly-trained specialists, this motion is irrelevant. We need to end the CSP and create models that won’t trigger armed police responses.
Talking Point 4: VIOLENCE, THREATS OF VIOLENCE
In other countries, there’s a long history of highly-trained unarmed responses to violence or potentially-violent situations, such as calls about weapons. These methods work. We need crisis response teams who are skilled in deescalation tactics to ensure that situations are kept from ever rising to the level of violence.
Talking Point 5: YOUTH, SCHOOLS AND PARKS
We need to do everything we can to reduce the interactions of our youth with police. Instead of embedding police in these spaces, we need mental health professionals, community care workers, and trauma-informed care. There are many successful models that use trauma-informed approaches to reduce violence and improve academic performance. We need to address the root causes of violence and conflict if we want to make safer spaces for our youth. We need to start preventing violence and not just responding to it.
SAMPLE TWEETS — REGISTRATION LINK UPDATED BY WEDNESDAY EVENING.
- Join us tomorrow night at 6 pm to be a part of the conversation to #ReimaginePublicSafety with City Councilmembers. Last week, @HerbJWesson was very interested in the public’s desire to #DefundThePolice. We hope to see you there, register here: bit.ly/827-CommunityConversation
- We’ve noticed that LAPD defenders have been organizing people to call in and ask questions at the most recent #ReimaginePublicSafety town halls. That means we have to show up in big numbers. We NEED you to be there tomorrow night at 6pm. Register here: bit.ly/827-CommunityConversation
- When calling in for the #ReimaginePublicSafety town hall, please be mindful that we should be prioritizing voices that often go unheard. We want to make space for those who have been historically criminalized and marginalized by the police. Register here: bit.ly/827-CommunityConversation
- What does it look like to #DefundThePolice? A crisis intervention team comes out when someone is drunk and ready to pick a fight. A team member deescalates the situation, drives them home in their own car, and no one gets arrested. #ReimaginePublicSafety #CommunityNotCops
- What does it look like to #DefundThePolice? A city employee comes by to connect people sleeping on benches, in their cars, or in tents with resources such as shelter, food, water, and access to health care. #ReimaginePublicSafety #CommunityNotCops
- If the city wants to #ReimaginePublicSafety then they need to give the community a seat at the table and not @LAPPL. This conversation must go beyond a town hall. #DefundThePolice