#buildCOMMUNITIES

New York City has prided itself on uplifting the values of equality, fairness and respect for its eight million residents. As we navigate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic that has devastated our city, it will be more important than ever to live up to those values. The great reduction in the number of people in New York City jails has been a testament to these values, and to the power of grassroots advocacy. But the city’s inequitable budget priorities — including the proposed cuts to social services — still fly in the face of those values.

The #buildCOMMUNITIES platform lays out a different vision, in which safety is fostered in well-resourced communities, not through law enforcement. 50 groups sent a letter to the Mayor, urging him to recognize that this is the moment when he must shift funds away from law enforcement, and back to where they are truly needed – to resources & services that lift up the common dignity & human rights of all us. This year, we need a budget to #buildCOMMUNITIES.

Take Action:

Make a call to Emma Wolfe, Chief of Staff @ NYC Mayor’s Office: 212-788-2162

“My name is_____________.

 

I’m a New Yorker, and I support the #buildCOMMUNITIES vision. We must stop relying on law enforcement to address issues that need public health solutions, and instead invest in all of the things we know work – stable housing for everyone, mental health services and quality healthcare, education and youth programs, and other community resources.

 

I know that to finally implement the vision you promised New Yorkers and end the tale of two cities, you must make a commitment to address the harms of systemic racism. We can, and must, find the resources to maintain and expand supportive services by cutting the NYPD budget by at least $1B THIS YEAR, and transitioning the thousands of excess officers in the Department of Corrections into other jobs or offering them early retirement.”

 


 

Click here to send an email to bdeblasio@cityhall.nyc.gov & MOCJ@cityhall.nyc.gov:

 

Dear Mayor de Blasio,

I’m a New Yorker, and I believe that justice and fairness are New York City values. I know that living up to those values is more important than ever right now, and I know that to truly end the tale of two cities, you must make a commitment to address the harms of systemic racism.

To implement the vision you promised New Yorkers, you must stop relying on law enforcement to address issues that need public health solutions, and instead  invest in all of the things we know work – stable housing for everyone, mental health services and quality healthcare, education and youth programs, and other things in the #buildCOMMUNITIES platform.

These resources are essential, and we can afford them by cutting the NYPD budget by at least $1B THIS YEAR, and transitioning the thousands of excess officers in the Department of Corrections into other jobs or offering them early retirement.

Make a call to your City Council member

 
My name is_____________.


I’m your constituent, and I support the #buildCOMMUNITIES vision to stop relying on law enforcement to address issues that need public health solutions, and instead invest in all of the things we know work – stable housing for everyone, mental health services and quality healthcare, education and youth programs, and other community resources.

As my City Council member, I need you to reject the Mayor’s budget proposal that slashes social services and maintains a massive budget for the NYPD and corrections. We can, and must, find the resources to maintain and expand supportive services by cutting the NYPD budget by at least $1B THIS YEAR, and transitioning the thousands of excess officers in the Department of Corrections into other jobs or offering them early retirement.

Can I get your commitment to push for those changes to the budget? You can call me back at [give your #].
 

Note: please send us any important notes on your conversation at FREEny@jlusa.org.

 


 

Send an email to your City Council member:

 
Dear ______________,


I’m your constituent, and I support the #buildCOMMUNITIES (https://jlusa.org/buildCOMMUNITIES) vision to stop relying on law enforcement to address issues that need public health solutions, and instead invest in all of the things we know work – stable housing for everyone, mental health services and quality healthcare, education and youth programs, and other community resources.

As my City Council member, I need you to reject the Mayor’s budget proposal that slashes social services and maintains a massive budget for the NYPD and corrections. We can, and must, find the resources to maintain and expand supportive services by cutting the NYPD budget by at least $1B THIS YEAR, and transitioning the thousands of excess officers in the Department of Corrections into other jobs or offering them early retirement.

 

Can I get your commitment to push for those changes to the budget? I look forward to hearing your reply. You can reach me by email or at [give your #].
 

Note: please send us any important notes on your conversation at FREEny@jlusa.org.

 

 

Make a call to the Public Advocate at 212-669-7250:

 
My name is _____________.


I’m a New Yorker, and I support the #buildCOMMUNITIES vision to stop relying on law enforcement to address issues that need public health solutions, and instead invest in all of the things we know work – stable housing for everyone, mental health services and quality healthcare, education and youth programs, and other community resources.

 

 

You have been a strong ally on these issues, and I want to thank you for your leadership at this moment to speak out against the Mayor’s budget proposal that slashes social services and maintains a massive budget for the NYPD.

We can, and must, find the resources to maintain and expand supportive services by cutting the NYPD budget by at least $1B THIS YEAR, and transitioning the thousands of excess officers in the Department of Corrections into other jobs or offering them early retirement. Can I get your commitment to push for those changes to the budget?

 

You can call me back at [give your #].
 

Note: please send us any important notes on your conversation at FREEny@jlusa.org.

 



Click here to send an email to
GetHelp@advocate.nyc.gov & eacevedo@advocate.nyc.gov:

 
Dear Public Advocate Jumaane Williams,


I’m a New Yorker, and I’m grateful for the strong stances you have taken for our social justice and for our communities. I support the #buildCOMMUNITIES vision to stop relying on law enforcement to address issues that need public health solutions, and instead invest in all of the things we know work – stable housing for everyone, mental health services and quality healthcare, education and youth programs, and other community resources.

I want to thank you for your leadership at this moment to speak out against the Mayor’s budget proposal that slashes social services and maintains a massive budget for the NYPD and corrections. We can, and must, find the resources to maintain and expand supportive services by cutting the NYPD budget by at least $1B THIS YEAR, and transitioning the thousands of excess officers in the Department of Corrections into other jobs or offering them early retirement.

Can I get your commitment to push for those changes to the budget? I look forward to hearing your reply. You can reach me by email or at [give your #].
 

Note: please send us any important notes on your conversation at FREEny@jlusa.org.

Make a call to the Comptroller at (212) 669-3916:

My name is_____________.

I’m a New Yorker, and I support the #buildCOMMUNITIES vision to stop relying on law enforcement to address issues that need public health solutions, and instead invest in all of the things we know work – stable housing for everyone, mental health services and quality healthcare, education and youth programs, and other community resources.

I want to thank you for speaking out against the Mayor’s budget proposal that slashes social services and maintains a massive budget for the NYPD. We can, and must, find the resources to maintain and expand supportive services by cutting the NYPD budget by at least $1B THIS YEAR, and transitioning the thousands of excess officers in the Department of Corrections into other jobs or offering them early retirement.

Can I get your commitment to push for those changes to the budget? You can call me back at [give your #].

Note: please send us any important notes on your conversation at FREEny@jlusa.org.

 



Click here to send an email to
action@comptroller.nyc.gov & pniblack@comptroller.nyc.gov:

Dear Comptroller Scott Stringer & Deputy Comptroller Preston Niblack,

I’m a New Yorker, and I’m grateful for the strong stances you have taken for our social justice and for our communities. I support the #buildCOMMUNITIES vision to stop relying on law enforcement to address issues that need public health solutions, and instead invest in all of the things we know work – stable housing for everyone, mental health services and quality healthcare, education and youth programs, and other community resources.

I want to thank you for speaking out against the Mayor’s budget proposal that slashes social services and maintains a massive budget for the NYPD. We can, and must, find the resources to maintain and expand supportive services by cutting the NYPD budget by at least $1B THIS YEAR, and transitioning the thousands of excess officers in the Department of Corrections into other jobs or offering them early retirement.

Can I get your commitment to push for those changes to the budget? I look forward to hearing your reply. You can reach me by email or at [give your #].

 

Note: please send us any important notes on your conversation at FREEny@jlusa.org.

Make a call to Speaker Corey Johnson at 212-564-775:

My name is_____________.

I’m a New Yorker, and I support the #buildCOMMUNITIES vision to stop relying on law enforcement to address issues that need public health solutions, and instead invest in all of the things we know work – stable housing for everyone, mental health services and quality healthcare, education and youth programs, and other community resources.

I want to thank you for speaking out against the Mayor’s budget proposal that slashes social services and maintains a massive budget for the NYPD and corrections. We can, and must, find the resources to maintain and expand supportive services by cutting the NYPD budget by at least $1B THIS YEAR, and transitioning the thousands of excess officers in the Department of Corrections into other jobs or offering them early retirement.

Can I get your commitment to vote against a budget that does not include those changes? You can call me back at [give your #].

Note: please send us any important notes on your conversation at FREEny@jlusa.org.

 



Click here to send an email to the City Council Speaker (and Finance staff): SpeakerJohnson@council.nyc.gov, nesingh@council.nyc.gov, jstorey@council.nyc.gov

Dear Speaker Johnson,

I’m a New Yorker, and I’m grateful for the strong stances you have taken for our social justice and for our communities. I support the #buildCOMMUNITIES vision to stop relying on law enforcement to address issues that need public health solutions, and instead invest in all of the things we know work – stable housing for everyone, mental health services and quality healthcare, education and youth programs, and other community resources.

I want to thank you for speaking out against the Mayor’s budget proposal that slashes social services and maintains a massive budget for the NYPD. We can, and must, find the resources to maintain and expand supportive services by cutting the NYPD budget by at least $1B THIS YEAR, and transitioning the thousands of excess officers in the Department of Corrections into other jobs or offering them early retirement.

Can I get your commitment to vote against a budget that does not include those changes? I look forward to hearing your reply. You can reach me by email or at [give your #].

 

Note: please send us any important notes on your conversation at FREEny@jlusa.org.

Make a call to Finance Committee Chair Danny Dromm at 212-788-7066:

 
My name is_____________.


I’m a New Yorker, and I support the #buildCOMMUNITIES vision to stop relying on law enforcement to address issues that need public health solutions, and instead invest in all of the things we know work – stable housing for everyone, mental health services and quality healthcare, education and youth programs, and other community resources.

You have been a strong ally on these issues, and I want to thank you for speaking out against the Mayor’s budget proposal that slashes social services and maintains a massive budget for the NYPD. We can, and must, find the resources to maintain and expand supportive services by cutting the NYPD budget by at least $1B THIS YEAR, and transitioning the thousands of excess officers in the Department of Corrections into other jobs or offering them early retirement.

Can I get your commitment to vote against a budget that does not include those changes? You can call me back at [give your #].
 

Note: please send us any important notes on your conversation at FREEny@jlusa.org.

 



Click here to send an email to 
dromm@council.nyc.gov, SMaguire@council.nyc.gov:

Dear Council member Dromm,

I’m a New Yorker, and I’m grateful for the strong stances you have taken for our social justice and for our communities. I support the #buildCOMMUNITIES vision to stop relying on law enforcement to address issues that need public health solutions, and instead invest in all of the things we know work – stable housing for everyone, mental health services and quality healthcare, education and youth programs, and other community resources.

You have been a strong ally on these issues, and I want to thank you for speaking out against the Mayor’s budget proposal that slashes social services and maintains a massive budget for the NYPD. We can, and must, find the resources to maintain and expand supportive services by cutting the NYPD budget by at least $1B THIS YEAR, and transitioning the thousands of excess officers in the Department of Corrections into other jobs or offering them early retirement.

Can I get your commitment to vote against a budget that does not include those changes? I look forward to hearing your reply. You can reach me by email or at [give your #].

 

Note: please send us any important notes on your conversation at FREEny@jlusa.org.

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Now more than ever, we need a budget to #buildCOMMUNITIES. To address both the effects of #COVID19 and the deep impacts of systemic racism, we need to cut at least $1B from the NYPD and DOC, and fund our communities. #NYCBudgetJustice jlusa.org/buildcommunities