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.
Divesting from Policing: Advancement Project National Office’s List of Demands
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”
What really makes up a city’s public safety budget? Advancement Project National Office examined the budgets of five cities during Week Against Mass Incarceration last week and found exuberant figures that keep residents criminalized.
The Genius of Ordinary People: How the Ferguson Collaborative Became the Voice of the Community
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 […]
Why We Must Value Educators
It cannot be overlooked that this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week comes on the heels of teacher strikes in five states: West Virginia, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arizona and Kentucky. In each of these states, educators have demanded better wages, additional resources for students, and smaller class sizes. Unfortunately, the systemic under-appreciation of teachers is part of a […]
Climate Change Is Not A Future Problem For Communities of Color. It Is a NOW Problem.
Why people most affected by the impacts of climate change must be at the center of the response to the climate crisis
Take Action on Voting Rights Bills HB 265 & HB 417
People with criminal records face a lot of gatekeeping every day. From employers to landlords to the state government, formerly incarcerated people who are back in their communities are judged and rejudged all the time, despite having served their sentences. By being so stigmatized and having inalienable rights such as the right to vote taken […]
The Fire Still Burns: #WeAreTheFirefighters
To the fires that are still burning and the firefighters – advocates, policymakers, organizers – who are working tirelessly to put them out.
The Take Back #003: Marching for Our (Black and Brown Lives)
The newsletter of resistance for people of color.
Because of HERstory, I knew I could: Judge Hood
Because of her I knew I could. Because of them I stand encouraged in the woman I am. A Black woman fighting in justice and law.
For the Love of the Sheroes in My Life: A Short Poem on Power
I honor the incredible women in my life –both family and friends who have taught me the ABCs of being a “shero.”
Oral Arguments Week: Supporting the Right to Vote in Louisiana
More than 70,000 people in Louisiana are being deprived of their right to vote.