The call to "defund the police" is a widespread response to police brutality and the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmuaud Arbery. It is now the foremost demand of the Black Lives Matter movement. Defunding the police is a call to strip the budgets and completely abolish local police departments, and in turn invest those resources into community services like education, medical access and social services. The idea is that when cities invest in community services, and people's needs are met safely, the need to call the police is drastically minimized. The defund movement moves beyond police reform, to completely rethinking the way that policing operates systemically, and calls for eventual abolition: a world without police or prisons, and one that is based on systems of safety and community accountability.
A Minneapolis-based community organization formed in 2018 that is organizing community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that support community health and safety.
MPD150 is a participatory, horizontally-organized effort by local organizers, researchers, artists and activists. Provides some great places to start if you’re looking to learn more about what a world without police might look like, and how we might get there.
As a vision for transformation, 8 to Abolition offers one resource for people to build from and incorporate tangible abolitionist demands into local organizing efforts around municipal, state, and federal policies (6/2020).
Rooted in the work of abolition and the elimination of police violence, the petition demands are to 1) stop handing people detained by UW PD over to SPD; 2) Stop using SPD to respond to public safety needs, including referrals for welfare checks with the Safe Campus program; 3) Stop using SPD for additional security for any events, including football games, concerts, and ceremonies.
An occupation protest and self-declared autonomous zone without police, established on June 8, 2020 after the Seattle Police Department (SPD) vacated its East Precinct building. The collective demands of the protest include abolition of the Seattle Police Department. While this space was dismantled by Seattle Police July 1, the demands still remain.
Since 2012, people in King County have been resisting the county’s plans to build a new youth jail located on 12th Avenue in Seattle. County officials have announced plans to close the new jail by 2025.