This Sunday, July 5, 2020, we will be protesting in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement, demanding the city to defund the SSFPD and reinvest in the community.
We were empowered by the number of public comments we saw submitted to the city council meeting on Wednesday, June 24th. Nearly 100 comments sent in by SSF residents expressed concern for the over-policing of our communities and urged the council to rethink the way our city uses its money, calling on them to prioritize our community and invest in non-police public health and wellness programs. These comments reiterate what our coalition stands for: reinvesting in our community and reimagining what public safety looks like in our city.
On Monday, June 22, 2020, CHANGE SSF attended a round-table discussion with Vice Mayor Mark Addiego, Councilmember Mark Nagales, County Supervisor David Pine, City Manager Mike Futrell, Police Chief Jeff Azzopardi, and the Youth Advisory Committee. Alongside several CHANGE SSF representatives, experts in restorative justice and other public safety alternatives [Fatimeh Khan, Healing Justice Coordinator with the American Friends Service …
We are demanding our City Council to reallocate our funds from the Police Department to encourage the growth of our other Community Departments.