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John Legend, Lizzo, Taraji P. Henson & More Call For Stop on Police Budget Increases

John Legend, Lizzo, Taraji P. Henson & More Call For Stop on Police Budget Increases

Taraji P. Henson, John Legend and Lizzo have added their names to a letter calling for the stop on increases to police budgets, following the death of George Floyd and increase in social unrest from this past weekend.

Called an “open demand letter”, it urges state and local governments to take the money that would go towards increasing police budgets and use it towards improving health care, education, and more programs for black communities, according to Variety.

“Black communities are living in persistent fear of being killed by state authorities like police, immigration agents or even white vigilantes who are emboldened by state actors,” the letter reads. “According to the Urban Institute, in 1977, state and local governments spent $60 billion on police and corrections. In 2017, they spent $194 billion. A 220 percent increase. Despite continued profiling, harassment, terror and killing of Black communities, local and federal decision-makers continue to invest in the police, which leaves Black people vulnerable and our communities no safer.”

“Where could that money go?” it continues. “It could go towards building healthy communities, to the health of our elders and children, to neighborhood infrastructure, to education, to childcare, to support a vibrant Black future. The possibilities are endless.”

Others who have signed include Natalie Portman, Jane Fonda, ACLU executive director Anthony Romero, and more.

You can read the full letter HERE.

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