Hi @HMcbadger, I understand this may be new for people. I also understand fear for safety, I share this fear. Abolishment is for the system we currently have, policing as we know it in America. We need that because it’s a culture that can’t simply be reformed. I’ll put more below https://twitter.com/hmcbadger/status/1308875304329510912
The divestment in our current structure would allow for investment in something new. A system that works for everyone, not just a specific group of people. It’s not a pipe dream or a figment of someone’s imagination.
The leaders of this movement have specific and clear plans, models and systems. Other countries around the world have reimagined public safety that works and doesn’t result in thousands of civilian deaths.
I’ll paste some resources here if you want to explore more on your own, additionally some of the very clear and realistic demands from leaders in the space. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/06/12/opinion/sunday/floyd-abolish-defund-police.amp.html
Defund the police? Other countries have narrowed their role and boosted other services.
There are other ways to address law enforcement and social challenges. But all require political will and investment.https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/police-protests-countries-reforms/2020/06/13/596eab16-abf2-11ea-a43b-be9f6494a87d_story.html
I’ve personally worked very closely with the @AAPolicyForum and they make clear demands here https://aapf.org/shndemands
Policy is also super important! Start here: https://breatheact.org/learn-more/
People like Whitlock and Owens will stoke fear to gain proximity to power. Be weary of people who only speak in problems and things you should be afraid of when presented with solutions. I want a country where everyone is free.