Portland – With the city’s budget forums cancelled and the only hearing scheduled tomorrow during a time of community mourning for Keaton Otis, who was murdered by the Portland Police Bureau ten years ago tomorrow, community advocates took perspectives straight to the decision makers tonight to oppose increased funding for policing and demand the elimination of the racist Gun Violence Reduction Team.
Care Not Cops organized a Community Budget Forum, and livestreamed it in front of City Hall to make it impossible for Mayor Ted Wheeler to ignore community members regarding the budget. The forum featured compiled video testimony of community members expressing why Portland must be investing in life-affirming resources such as housing and healthcare, rather than increasing funding to the policing budget.
The dozens of testimonies shared during the forum reflect the community-wide perspectives in the 2019 report published by Care Not Cops detailing the harms of policing on communities in Portland while highlighting community organizations’ work to build real community care. The full report can be found online here, as well as a one-page summary online here. Care Not Cops (CNC) is a grassroots campaign in Portland to challenge policing and shift our reliance and resources to self-determined community care and alternatives to policing.