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Breonna Taylor: Divesting from Policing in Louisville, Kentucky

Breonna Taylor was killed by Louisville, Kentucky, police when they shot her 8 times in her own house while she was asleep. Cops broke into her house in the middle of the night to do it. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, called 911 to report an intruder had killed Breonna. What gave police the right to enter her home with a SWAT team without warning? A no-knock raid.

There's an uprising in this country because of police violence against Black men and women. All over the nation, hundreds of thousands of people are in the streets demanding cities defund the police. We know that police don't keep us safe. As a nation, we spend almost $200 billion on police and jails. The only way to stop the racial profiling, harassment, and terrorizing of Black and Brown communities is to defund the police.

Public safety agencies in Louisville comprise 52% of its budget. By comparison, Louisville spends only 8% of its budget on public services. On one side, we have cops, courts, and jails. On the other, we have affordable housing, job training, and social services.

Sign the petition demanding no-knock raids and that the city of Louisville defund its police department.

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Divesting from Policing: Advancement Project National Office’s List of Demands

June 9, 2020

Advancement Project National Office is committed to supporting grassroots organizations across the country to build the power that will end this system. Our legal, communications and organizing teams were developed for this moment. Through collective action, we are confident that we can build a new society where communities of color can be free and safe. […]

The Price of “Public Safety”

March 12, 2020

The Genius of Ordinary People: How the Ferguson Collaborative Became the Voice of the Community

August 8, 2019

                                                      As the nation marks five years since the police killing of teenager Mike Brown and the series of protests known as the Ferguson Uprisings, a group of residents […]

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We will win with supporters like you, Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation & Jack Dorsey of Twitter’s #startsmall

July 1, 2020

Since mid-March, Advancement Project National Office’s team has been entrenched in advocacy, communications and litigation—fighting to make sure community members in jail are #FreeAndSafe during COVID-19 and calling for for accountability and demanding cities and counties #DefundThePolice . Our team has been working around the clock, fatigued yet energized by wins across the country,petition signatures and calls to policymakers, […]

Congratulations to the #CloseTheWorkhouse Campaign for Putting on Pressure to the Board of Aldermen

June 30, 2020

Happy Juneteenth: Let’s Continue the Struggle for Liberation

June 18, 2020

Let this day serve as a reminder of the progress we have made and the true liberation we have yet to achieve.

Top 10 Lies About Trump’s Stance on Policing

June 17, 2020

#SayHerName: A National Town Hall for Breonna Taylor on Tuesday, June 9, 7:30pET/4:30pPT

June 9, 2020

Join Black Lives Matter- Louisville, Advancement Project National Office, Jesse Williams, Black Womxn For and M4BL, as we gather for a national virtual town hall to say Breonna Taylor’s name and call for action!

Systemic Change is Within Our Sights Starting with Minneapolis

June 5, 2020

Advancement Project National Office has long called for systemic change in our criminal legal system and may soon see a win as the Minneapolis City Council is heavily weighing disbandment of the Minneapolis Police Department following the charge of all four police officers involved in the racially motivated killing of George Floyd. True justice will […]

#GeorgeFloyd and COVID-19: We’re fighting two pandemics. 

June 2, 2020

By: Maya Boddie Outside may be closed, but it’s still open season on Black people in the United States. In the past weeks, the nation’s COVID-19 death toll surpassed 100,000 — the majority of deaths falling on Black communities. Though the number of deaths is alarming, our work at Advancement Project National Office over the […]

How You Can Act Now to Address Police Violence

June 1, 2020

You’ve heard it time and time again: we are living in unprecedented times. The coronavirus has exacerbated every systemic flaw embedded in the American fabric. This pandemic, juxtaposed with the recent police killings of Breonna Taylor (Louisville, KY) and George Floyd (Minneapolis, MN), has lifted the veil on racial injustice for some and reaffirmed what […]

We won! First of its kind Federal order during COVID-19

May 21, 2020

As you know, our Justice Project team has been working hard to combat the spread of coronavirus in jails nationwide to keep communities #FreeAndSafe – and today, WE WON! Today, civil rights and racial justice groups have won freedom for medically vulnerable people inside the Oakland County Jail in Michigan, and family members will soon welcome home loved ones eligible to […]

Quarantine Week 10: Wins, Setbacks and Hope 

May 20, 2020

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Youth Across Country Petition School Boards to Reimagine Safety in National Week of Action

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Advancement Project National Office Statement on the Rayshard Brooks

WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, June 17, the cop responsible for the killing of Rayshard Brooks was charged by the Fulton County (GA) District Attorney five days after Brooks struggled and ran away from Atlanta Police Department officers. Advancement Project National Office has to following to say: “Advancement Project National Office We are still mourning the loss of Rayshard Brooks who joins George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others who died needlessly at the hands of the police. We know the criminal legal system does not produce justice.  We know arrests, indictments, and even convictions won’t prevent the next Black man…

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Advancement Project National Office Statement on Trump’s Policing Statement, Executive Order

WASHINGTON DC — Advancement Project National Office’s statement on Trump’s statement that his executive order on policing is a “step in the right direction” is as follows:  …

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Decades Long Fight by National, Local Organizations Lead to Unanimous School Board Vote in Denver

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Advancement Project National Office Applauds Passage of ‘Breonna’s Law’ Banning No-knock Warrants in Louisville, KY

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Local and National Support Grows in Advance of Denver Public Schools Vote to End Contract with Denver Police Department

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