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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] to learn more about how to endorse and get involved.