Public Safety Reinvestment
For nearly a decade WCRJ has held critical conversations with tens of thousands of local community members impacted by anti-Black policing, to learn more about their visions of what real public safety could look like in their own neighborhoods, on their own terms.
Through these powerful exchanges, Chicago residents have resoundingly articulated a shared belief that true neighborhood safety can not be achieved through increased funding to law enforcement, but rather through inclusive public investment in programs that foster equity and opportunity for all. In particular, community members have called for a large scale expansion of human services, affordable housing, mental health resources, and youth programs, as a means to achieve universal safety and liberation in our city.
Guided by community perspectives and a wide range of municipal data, WCRJ has crafted an informed and strategic policy proposal to promote equitable public safety in Chicago. The three year plan calls for a series of funding reductions to the Chicago Police Department (CPD), as well as concurrent budget increases to vital social services and public health programs. The proposal also provides for a newly established Community Safety Unit to provide residents with emergency public safety dispatch services, outside of law enforcement.