Reshaping Public Safety. The People's 2021 Police Budget Proposal

Online Event
In December 2020, Vancouver City Council will hear speakers and vote on a staff report about the 2021 city budget.
How can we build support for cutting the police budget and putting more money into community-led safety services? COPE is sponsoring an online townhall and digital rally to get your feedback and ideas and help build support for more real safety. This year, the police budget will increase by over 2 million dollars, is that the investment our city needs to create community safety?
Special Guest Speakers:
- Jean Swanson, COPE City Council Member
- Chris Livingston from the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre Society
- LJ Joseph from Black Lives Matter, Calgary
- Robert Epp from Aboriginal Front Door Society
- Tonye Aganaba from Black Lives Matter Vancouver
Our event is hosted on the occupied, traditional, ancestral, shared, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples—specifically the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh). We also want to honour and acknowledge Vancouver's urban Indigenous population, who make up a vital part of our community and our neighbours. This acknowledgement is an important reminder of the original theft of the land on which our city was built, including but not limited to village if Sen̓áḵw, or the destruction of fishing weirs under what is now Grandville island. In challenging and disassembling police institutions that carried out that theft, we can partially rectify those original injustices on which our city was built. Wherever you are watching, you might visit Whose Land to find out the traditional territories where you are.
Friday, November 27, 2020 - 19:00