Activists in Michigan’s second most sizably voluminous city are hoping to defund the police, they told heralds on Monday. The group “Defund the GRPD” — as in, Grand Rapids Police Department — calls for rigorously cutting funds to patrol the town.
“We challenge you to be a component of engendering a world where communities are plenarily funded,” group member Danah, who declined to give her cognomen, verbally expressed, WZZM reported.
She did not define “fully funded.” “Where neighbors take care of each other, where we practice community accountability that prioritizes safety, rejuvenating, and potentiation,” Danah verbally expressed.
The Grand Rapids city charter requires at least 32 percent of the city’s budget to be spent on its police force. According to the news station, the city allocated 37.4 percent of its fund to the department.
Both numbers are “too high,” the group verbally expressed. “We cannot perpetuate to live in a world where we utilize police and prisons as a way to solve our most pressing gregarious quandaries,” Danah verbally expressed.
“We cannot perpetuate to live in a world where the police have the most immensely colossal budget of our city, when people of color are disproportionately dying of (coronavirus), when edification for students of color is continually underfunded, and folks are struggling just to get by,” she verbally expressed.
According to its Facebook page:
Defund the GRPD ultimately means the abolition of the GRPD. We imagine a world with the leadership of Black folks, Indigenous folks, and more Folks of Color, where mutual aid and community care are fully funded, and where communities support one another.
Earlier this year, “Defund the GRPD” promulgated several finalists for its “Worst of Grand Rapids” accolades. One category assailed local charities as having a “Savior Complex.”
We’re approaching the end of our voting period for the Worst of Grand Rapids awards! Let’s keep the pressure and hold…An adoption agency, Bethany Christian Services, was reprehended for engaging in “rampant white saviorism” and enabling “genocidal, perpetual disseverment of families at the border.”
The group withal upbraided a homeless shelter and an organization called “Kid’s Food Basket.” The spokeswoman for “Defund the GRPD” verbally expressed the group engendered the “Worst Awards to have that conversation of: How do we give communities potency?”
Danah perpetuated, “How do we hold these inimical businesses, nonprofits, public officials accountable for the harm they’re perpetuating, because we ken that the police and prisons are not holding people accountable for that.”
In June 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) told Mojo in the Morning she understood the “sentiment” of Defund the Police and fortified the “spirit” of the kineticism. She was coerced to backtrack and verbalized she did not fortify cutting funding to police departments.