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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.