Dear Mayor Vaughan & City Council Members,
My name is [YOUR NAME]. I am a resident of [DISTRICT/NEIGHBORHOOD]. The police are killing Black people. They choke us to death like George Floyd in Minneapolis and Marcus Deon Smith in Greensboro. They invade our privacy and search us with no reason, like a 15-year-old boy who was stopped while running on the Greenway a week after Ahmaud Arbery was shot for running while Black. They arrest us for things that are legal for white people. We smoke weed at the same rates as white people and are 80% of the people who are arrested for marijuana. We are only 44% of the City.
We need to stop spending money on policing and harm. We need to start spending money on schools, teachers, guidance counselors, affordable housing, healthcare, childcare, livable wages, resources for domestic and sexual violence survivors, and everything that will help our communities thrive. Everything cannot be fixed overnight, and we need to change at every level of government. But there are things the Greensboro City Council has the power to do right now. And if they fail to act, we will need a new City Council. The City Council must use their power to pass ordinances instead of relying on the police to make temporary administrative changes. We demand that the Greensboro City Council immediately:
Make amends to the family of Marcus Smith, an unarmed man experiencing homelessness who Greensboro police hogtied and killed in the street.
End the curfew and stop physically harming and arresting people who are not physically harming others.
Defund the police, so they cannot buy militarized weapons to harm us. Fund Crisis Intervention and Recreation Centers.
Stop the police from being violent with us.
Treat trans and gender non-conforming, intersex and other LGBTQ people with dignity.
Treat people experiencing homelessness with dignity and stop criminalizing them.
End arrests for marijuana.
Publicly share data so we can understand how the police are treating us.
Make the police get our signed permission before searching us without a warrant.
Allow the Police Community Review Board to hold the police accountable.
For a closer look at our demands, please see:
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