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Justice 4 Black Lives Winnipeg

We are a small group of community organizers who believes in and advocates for the eradication of the industrial prison complex as well as the military-industrial prison complex and all actors of those systems. We are choosing to start with defunding, dismantling, and abolishing the Winnipeg Police Service. We do not support systems which police, punish, brutalize and murder BIPOC on a regular basis; there is no way to find justice within such institutions.

Crime is simply an outcry for unmet needs. Needs must be met in the community (food, housing, transportation, healthcare, mental health support, harm reduction services, spiritual supports, addictions supports, free extensive community activities, etc.) through redirected funds from the extensive police budget in order to make Winnipeg a safe and enjoyable place to be for all marginalized people.

As was clearly displayed by our event and acknowledged by the WPS publicly, the community does a damn good job at keeping everyone safe. Ultimately, the people keep the people safe, not the police. This is why we know volunteer, as well as community owned, operated and run services/organizations will be able to effectively take over what legal responsibilities the police currently have. Thus, translating into real safety for all.

We demand that the City of Winnipeg work with a collaborative group of BIPOC grassroot organizers to determine where all redirected funds from the defunded police budget should be distributed within the community. Those directly on the ground doing the work themselves know what is required, their voices need to be heard.

We demand that the City of Winnipeg work with a collaborative group of BIPOC grassroot organizers to determine where all redirected funds from the defunded police budget should be distributed within the community. Those directly on the ground doing the work themselves know what is required, their voices need to be heard.

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