Choosing Real Safety: A Historic Declaration to Divest from Policing and Prisons and Build Safer Communities for All. Please sign and share widely. We can choose to build safe communities! We are living through a historic moment of protest against the rampant colonial, racial, gender, sexual and economic injustice in our society. We wish to stand on the right side of history. We, the undersigned, are invested in building safe communities for all.
Sign the historic document here: CHOOSING REAL SAFETY: A HISTORIC DECLARATION TO DIVEST FROM POLICING AND PRISONS AND BUILD SAFER COMMUNITIES FOR ALL
CPEP is proud to work alongside abolitionists in so-called ‘Canada’ towards a future where safety is not predicated on the use and the threat of violence. Abolition is not only an attainable and practical goal, but it is also our historical obligation. Which side of history are you on?
We wish to stand on the right side of history. We believe we can build a society that values human and other-than-human life and the land, and we commit to shifting away from using badges, guns and cages to manage inequality. Since early winter, rising COVID-19 rates have again made people held in congregate settings like homeless shelters, psychiatric centres and prisons more acutely vulnerable to outbreaks. We must release as many people that are confined in these settings as possible and start building communities capable of meeting everyone’s needs now. This is crucial from an anticolonial perspective, a Black liberation perspective, a racial justice perspective, and a public health perspective: it is vital towards meaningfully addressing anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, especially. Today, we are prepared to commit to building a society that chooses to meet people’s needs instead of locking them away, with a three-prong strategy: Defund/Dismantle/Build.