What is Refund Raleigh up to this year?
DIVEST FROM POLICE VIOLENCE AND
INVEST IN CITY WORKERS & COMMUNITY SAFETY
Year after year, The City of Raleigh gives the Raleigh Police Department a blank check to continue its long history of racist policing and brutalizing Raleigh's Black, brown, and working-class communities. In 2021, the City of Raleigh bankrolled Raleigh PD with $116 million of our tax dollars – ten times more than they spend on housing while our city faces an extreme housing crisis. Most working-class people cannot afford to live in our city. In 2022 they are proposing to increase the police's starting salary by 12% starting salary, which means they want to continue investing in the failed policing practices of RPD.
WE DEMAND that the city listens to the people of Raleigh in 2022:
1) Invest in the city workers that make this city run – our Maintenance, Sanitation, Utilities, and Parks & Recreation technicians. Pay city workers a dignity wage of $22/hr in 2022!
2) Invest in Community Safety! We demand a Mental Health Crisis Response Unit without the police modeled after Denver’s extremely successful STAR unit.
3) Pay for these demands by cutting the police budget.