Over the past couple of days, the Chicago Police Department has acted with utter impunity across the entire city, brutalizing young innocent Black and Brown kids protesting the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. But this comes to no surprise to us -- Black and Brown kids know all too well that the cops violently assaulting protestors, are the same ones placed in our school hallways, assaulting and racially profiling us.
It’s time for the Chicago Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools to provide real safety to students and move immediately to #PoliceFreeSchools.
With your help we can force the city of Chicago to end CPS' $33 million a year contract with the Chicago Police Department, move to #PoliceFreeSchools immediately, and use those funds to provide emergency response counseling and support for students in crisis.
Send an email to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor of Education and Health, Chicago Public School CEO, and the Board of Education by filling out this form.
Organized by CPS Students in the #PoliceFreeSchools coalition
We know that the police in our schools have racially profiled, harassed, and killed black and brown youth. School Police Officers (SROs) have physically assaulted students like Dnigma Howard, who was only 16 when she was dragged down the stairs and tased after getting caught using her cellphone, and have unjustly placed thousands of others on the Chicago Gang Database.
What we’re asking for is not just reasonable and responsible, but entirely possible. Following the murder of George Floyd, yesterday, the Minneapolis Public Schools system saw the real danger that police officers posed to children, and passed a resolution to end their contract with the Minneapolis Police Department.
You can help get police out of our schools by sending a message to Mayor Lightfoot and the CPS school board right now We want them both to hear directly from residents all across the city that stand with us in support of creating real safety through #PoliceFreeSchools and moving resources to where they are desperately needed.
After you fill out the form we will be in touch about more steps you can take to help keep Chicago students healthy, safe, and protected from the violence of the Chicago Police Department.
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