Almost 600 people have been killed by the police in the United States just since the beginning of this year. This month we witness the senseless, horrific killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, and Alva Braziel in Houston. In our own state, earlier this year police killed Akiel Denkins in Raleigh, Deriante Miller in Kinston, and Jai “Jerry” Williams in Asheville less than two weeks ago.
We have seen the murder of Black people at the hands of police over, and over, and over. Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Mya Hall, Mike Brown, Rekia Boyd, John Crawford. It is time for us to unapologetically speak this truth: Cops and prisons do not keep us safe. Police regularlyharass and kill Black and Brown people with little to no repercussions or arrest them so prisons and jails can make massive profits.
We say enough is enough.
Across the country community members are dreaming and implementing community based solutions that do not include police or prisons. We demand a Durham Beyond Policing.
We say NO to a new $71 million police palace scheduled to be built in Durham this year
We say NO to an annual police budget of nearly $60 million when the Durham police department has demonstrated to be racist and violent.
We say NO to any local complicity or cooperation with ICE: ripping immigrant families apart and violently detaining and deporting children.
We demand meaningful investment in restorative justice programs, and community needs that actually keep people safe like jobs, healthcare, and housing.
We demand the City Council disarm, defund, and disempower the police, and instead fund Black futures!
From Baton Rouge to Oakland, people are mobilizing across the country. It is necessary that we stand together in struggle against the state-sanctioned murder of Black people as we organize our communities.