The Oakland City Council recently voted to reallocate $18.4 million from the city’s planned police department funding to community-based violence prevention programs.
This victory comes after the Anti Police-Terror Project’s five-year effort calling to defund the Oakland Police Department. But how much of a victory is it really?
Although the $18 million now doubles the funding those programs typically receive, it’s only 2% of what the council agreed on last summer! In fact, they said they planned to re-allocate 50% of the OPD’s $693 million budget.
So where will that 2% go?
They gave Oakland the barest of minimum, but let's watch what Black communities are able to do with it. If we can make a positive impact with just that much, they won't have an excuse to keep funding police over communities paving their own methods of safety!