This Sunday, July 5, 2020 @ 3:00pm, we, CHANGE SSF, will be hosting a protest in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement, demanding the city to defund the SSFPD and reinvest in the community.
We will meet in front of the South City Municipal Hall:
Please be mindful of COVID-19 precautions. We ask that you wear a mask and practice social distancing during this event.
Background: CHANGE SSF is a multigenerational and multicultural coalition of BIPOC students and activists which was created after the birth of the George Floyd protests in early June. In the course of three weeks, CHANGE SSF has garnered over 1600 signatures for their petition to “Defund and Demilitarize SSFPD,” met with city council members and the SSFPD chief for a roundtable discussion on defunding SSFPD and reinvesting in community resources, and become an active platform for education and awareness on systemic issues of racism and oppression.
PROTEST – SUNDAY, JULY 5TH
The purpose of this protest is to highlight the demands CHANGE SSF has for the city of South San Francisco which includes but is not limited to:
- Freezing SSFPD hiring of officers indefinitely, including incoming police academy candidates/graduates
- Making reductions to officers’ salaries to allocate for social workers and other community workers.
- Banning paid leave for officers being investigated for misconduct.
- Redistributing 30% of the police budget to non-police, community-based services outside of the police department.
- Investing in mental health and wellness programs to promote real safety and healing for SSF youth.
- Prioritizing the urgent need for affordable housing for families and teachers in South San Francisco through rental subsidies and raising the required affordable housing unit percentage for new developments.
- Developing a concrete plan through city council in collaboration with community members, experts and longtime practitioners in the various fields of social services on how they will carry out these demands with a reassessment of the budget and specific itemized changes.
Our full list of demands can be found at our website: https://changessf.org/our-demands/