Our Demands for a Safer Community
We call for the City Council to allocate funding towards developing a community based team, that does not include armed police officers as first responders, to any domestic issues where armed violence is not the immediate threat. The first response team should be trained in de-escalation, mental health support, and should be grounded in non-punitive practices.
We call on the City Council to decrease the number of police officers that patrol the Black communities in Cambridge (in and around Washington Elms/ Newtown Court Columbia Terrace; Jefferson Park / Rindge Towers; 808-812 Memorial Drive; Roosevelt Towers; Corcoran Park; Putnam Gardens; Woodrow Wilson Court).
We Demand a Community That Can Last
We call on the City Council to increase youth jobs (and extend the definition of “youth” through 35 years old) and to increase the capacity of the existing job training programs (in preparation for the COVID unemployed).
We call for immediate and direct reallocation of funds to support the Black businesses in Cambridge, job training and support for young people up until 35, universal child care/day care, and Community-based counseling services. We also call for increased funding for affordable childcare and all-day day camps for low-income families (from 8:30am - 6pm); we recommend collaboration with existing programs such as the Summer Urban Program to achieve this goal.
We want the City of Cambridge to stop the practice of having police officers assigned to the detailing of road service; and instead train civilians to do this job with a specific emphasis to supplement unemployed Cambridge residents.