CALL TO ACTION
Last summer, the Restorative Justice Coalition co-founded The People's Safety Coalition along with several other organizations and worked diligently in the community, including surveying, and engaging community members. What we learned: the people of Tampa want to defund the police & refund the community.
Our demand was simple: move $30 million out of the TPD budget and place it into community needs. Housing, health care, jobs, Black business support, pandemic relief.
Instead? Our City Council unanimously voted to increase the TPD budget by an additional $13 million.
Although Councilmember Dingfelder did motion to put $1 million into a mental health program, that still was not enough. The program they elected was a co-response model, which is not what we called for. We wanted an autonomous, independent program like CAHOOTS.
So, what is happening now?
On Thursday, March 18th, the City Council will be presented with a line item to approve over $6 million to begin the demolition of the current Tampa Police Department. The plan? To move the headquarters into historic Black East Tampa and invest $100 Million into a City Center, which will include other government structures as well. From the article: