For the past 5 years, Anti Police-Terror Project’s Defund OPD committee has been leading the call to defund the police and invest in our communities.
OPD takes almost HALF of Oakland's general fund each year, and that percentage has skyrocketed in the past two decades — consuming desperately needed resources from essential city programs and vital services.
The investment in policing has not made us safer. OPD remains an embarrassment to the city and a lethal threat to Oakland’s Black and Brown communities.
It’s time we tore up the blank check. We must Defund OPD!
Reduce OPD’s allocation from the General Fund by 50% (roughly $150 Million).
Disallow unauthorized overtime by OPD.
Invest in housing, jobs, youth programs, restorative justice, mental health workers and other services that actually keep the community safe.
50% is only the first step. Our ultimate goal is to disband and abolish OPD.
BUILDING A WORLD WITHOUT POLICE
We can best keep our community safe by investing instead in living wage jobs, housing for all, youth programs, health care and other essential community services.
Instead of police, we want to hire more social workers, mental health workers, EMTs, teachers, and other civilian positions that actually keep our community safe.
Across the country, communities are already building real-world alternatives to criminalization and police as the first response to crises. APTP Sacramento, for example, has developed Mental Health First, a community-led, civilian mobile crisis response. A team of health workers and other trained volunteers respond when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis or other emergency.