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      The #NoCopAcademy campaign is an effort supported by community organizations across Chicago, that want to see $95 million invested in our communities rather than police training grounds. From the statement of opposition:

      Chicago already spends $1.5 billion on police every year—that’s $4 million every single day. We spend 300% on the CPD as a city than we do on the Departments of Public Health, family and support services, transportation, and planning and development (which handles affordable housing). This plan is being praised as a development opportunity to help local residents around the proposed site, but when Rahm closed 50 schools in 2013, six were in this neighborhood. The message is clear: Rahm supports schools and resources for cops, not for Black and Brown kids.

      We demand a redirecting of this $95 million into Chicago’s most marginalized communities instead. Real community safety comes from fully-funded schools and mental health centers, robust after-school and job- training programs, and social and economic justice. We want investment in our communities, not expanded resources for police.

      Read the full statement of opposition to Rahm’s proposal here, and let us know if you want to join the campaign.

      Endorsed by:

      Assata’s Daughters
      People’s Response Team
      For The People Artists Collective
      American Friends Service Committee- Chicago
      Action Now
      Arab American Action Network
      A Long Walk Home
      Axis Lab
      Black Lives Matter Chicago
      Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) Chicago Chapter
      Black & Pink Chicago
      Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
      BTGNC Collective
      Chicago ACT Collective
      Chicago Community Bond Fund
      Chicago Dyke March Collective
      Chicago Freedom School
      Chicago League of Abolitionist Whites (CLAW)
      Chicago Religious Leadership Network
      Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls and Young Women
      Chicago Torture Justice Memorials
      Chicago Votes
      Gay Liberation Network
      Grassroots Collaborative
      Health & Medicine Policy Research Group
      Jewish Voice for Peace Chicago
      Illinois Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA – IL)
      Kuumba Lynx
      Latino Union
      Lifted Voices
      Love and Protect
      National Lawyers Guild of Chicago
      Organized Communities Against Deportations
      Project Fierce
      Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Chicago
      Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL)
      T.U.P.O.C.C The United People of Color Caucus of the NLG – Chicago Chapter
      Tzedek Chicago
      War Resisters League
      Women’s All Point Bulletin
      Workers Center for Racial Justice

      Send an e-mail to nocopacademy [at] gmail.com to learn more about how to endorse and get involved.