An open letter urging the defunding of police forces around the country is gaining traction in the music industry, having already gained signatures from acts like Lizzo, Common, The Weeknd, and John Legend.
The letter was penned by co-founding member of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Cullors, and ultimately makes three requests upon officials of local municipalities nationwide.
- Vote no on all increases to police budgets
- Vote yes to decrease police spending and budgets
- Vote yes to increase spending on Health care, education and community programs that keep us safe.
In addition to highlighting issues of racial injustices, the letter also notes the need to increase health resources available to black people throughout the country. Case in point is that members of the black community are twice as likely to die of COVID-19 in the United States. Other notable names to have signed the open letter include Natalie Portman, Chris Martin, Brie Larson, and Jane Fonda. Read and sign the full letter here.
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