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🎤 Town Hall Tomorrow at 7pm: Community Investment Not Community Police

Dear Mayor Madden
Dear Mayor Madden
Happy May Day, friends. Here are three things you should know about, related to Troy PD in the aftermath of the sham PRRC process.
  1. Town Hall tomorrow at 7pm, hosted by the Sanctuary For Independent Media → Register here
  2. Sign this newly created petition → Invest in the Community Not More Police
  3. Mark your calendars for the May 6 City Council meeting and be ready to sign up to speak against hiring 6 new police officers, once they post the registration link

Town Hall: Community Investment, Not Community Police
May 2, 2021, 7:00–8:30 pm
Join a coalition of groups from Troy in a Town Hall on Sunday, May 2, 2021 as we discuss recent actions by the City of Troy around policing. This gathering is being convened at the last minute as the City Council Finance Committee pushes forward to hire an additional SIX police officers to the Troy Police Department. The proposal passed in this Committee with a 5-2 vote and the full City Council vote will take place on Thursday, May 6, 2021.
Co-sponsored by Troy Coalition of Black Leaders, NAACP Troy Chapter, YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, The Justice Center of Rensselaer County, Equality for Troy, CBTU – the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Sign this petition
Let the City of Troy know that we do not support hiring 6 more police officers. The City Council votes on Thursday (5/6/21) and we need to let them know quickly that this is not the way we want to invest in our city. 
Please sign today to tell Troy City Council to invest in our neighborhoods and communities not police. And, vote NO on Ordinance 23 on Thursday!
Background
Recently, the City of Troy, like most municipalities across the State of New York, held a series of discussions on the topic of policing. Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 203, issued in June of 2020, required municipalities with police forces to examine the policies and procedures of their police department and make recommendations for future changes to address police violence, biased policing, and systemic racism. The measure stated its intention was to provide transparency and build trust, urging localities to hold listening sessions and meetings with community members. 
Mayor Madden did not announce the creation or intentions of the Police Reform & Reinvention Collaborative until the end of January 2021. There were nine highly controlled meetings held in February with very little open community participation—the city made little effort to inform residents about the meeting or how to get involved. 
Once the report was drafted, in early March, Black leaders throughout the city expressed their dismay and loss of trust in the city about this process. This included all four Black PRRC committee members (Starletta Smith, Executive Director, YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. and Renée Powell, President of the NAACP, Troy, NY Branch, Pastor Justin Relf of Rhema Revealed Ministries, and Stacey Howard of Troy’s Police Objective Review Board). They released a statement decrying the report and saying that they felt “tokenized throughout this process.” 
So why this, why now?
We need to reallocate funds to expand or create new entities to respond to mental health calls, domestic disputes, traffic stops, and more. Troy is swiftly pushing forward to increase the police budget and add more police to the force. Again, with very little time for dialogue and discussion with community members and community leaders. 
While the City of Troy, Mayor Madden, and the Troy City Council avoid input from community members, we are making space for input. We know that with more investment in social services and community support, communities can better look out for each other and construct the means through which to survive and thrive.
We call for structural investment to address the history of deliberate marginalization and segregation.
We call for investment in our under-funded, under-served, structurally marginalized Black and brown communities.
In calling for no additions to the police budge for the police force, we are asking for allocation of funds into community needs and social services.
While Mayor Patrick Madden told the Times Union, “People want police officers out in the neighborhood. They want police officers to know them. They want to know their police officers.” Given the lack of space for open dialogue and discussion, we don’t know who the Mayor is referring to. 
We want the city to invest in our neighborhoods and communities, not more police.
✏️ Sign the petition: change.org/community-not-police
📆 Register to speak out on May 6 City Council meeting (the 7pm Regular meeting, registration link should get posted on May 5)
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Dear Mayor Madden
Dear Mayor Madden

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