We stand in solidarity with people across the country who are taking to the streets and giving voice to the anger and frustration built up from multi-generational oppression against Black, brown and low-income communities. We call for a response that not only holds killer cops accountable, but also shakes the very foundations that America’s racist policing system is built upon.
Recently in the Bay Area, Willie McCoy was shot while sleeping in his car by Vallejo Police. Steven Taylor was shot by San Leandro Police while having a mental health crisis. And in the midst of a pandemic, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to increase the Sheriff’s already bloated budget for the deadly Santa Rita jail, where 47 people have died while incarcerated since 2014. At a time when at least 33 people have died from COVID-19 inside California prisons and jails, and experts agree that decarceration is the best way to stop the virus’ spread, our elected leaders are funding repression instead of solutions.