We can create safe and thriving communities by joining the growing number of cities who are re-appropriating funds from a punishment-based system and re-aiming them towards a new system that builds thriving communities.
I was unfamiliar with the work of Seattle teacher and activist, Jesse Hagopian before reading this opinion piece he wrote for the Seattle Times last week. The story of his personal involvement with police violence and the lawsuit he won against the Seattle Police Department is important background for this piece too. A quick Twitter search reveled this gif of the author being maced by SPD as he was trying to make a phone call. WTF?
Does anyone know the salary of Seattle police officer Sandra Delafuente (the cop who pepper sprayed me in the face at 2015 Martin Luther King rally)? pic.twitter.com/QGAUlKoc68
— Jesse Hagopian (@JessedHagopian) June 23, 2020