COMMUNITY POLITICS


We must demand that our community has control of the laws, institutions, and policies that are meant to serve us. This includes our schools to our local budgets, economies, police departments, as well as our land. We must have direct community control of local and state agencies ensuring that communities affected by destructive policing holds the power to hire and fire officers, determine disciplinary action, control policies, and subpoena power.  In 30 states, the law makes it impossible to change the contractual bargaining power to hire and terminate police. These functions and powers should apply to civilian oversight entities overseeing law enforcement practices in both patrol and custody settings including local jails, holding cells and detention centers. Current public budget and revenue policy and processes are not designed to ensure racial and economic justice and human rights for Black communities. As a result, revenue measures are often inequitable, placing greater burdens on Black people, and public spending fails to meet the fundamental needs of Black communities.  We will put forward a new attitude to public budgets and revenues in order to ensure that resources are raised equitably and follow the needs and fulfill the full human rights of Black communities.  To accomplish this task we must change the way budgets are developed by starting with evaluating people‚Äôs needs, highlighting the needs of communities suffering from injustice, and raise revenue to fund needs based on the budget. This process must be fully participatory, transparent and accountable.