End Ottawa's street violence through prevention instead of police expansion!

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The city of Ottawa is working with the Ottawa Police to bring down street violence in ways that will place our marginalized communities at risk and I fear for our safety. Increased police presence, surveillance, and programs like the MERIT program only contribute towards giving police more of a platform to discriminate and harm our communities and are ineffective at targeting the actual issues at hand. Creating a safer Ottawa starts with prevention. Instead of putting funding towards increased criminalization and police enforcement, we must focus on long-term solutions that prevent our youth from engaging in street violence in the future. We are calling on the community to join us by signing this petition in hopes that our Mayor, Jim Watson will redirect his focus alongside the Ottawa Police, and City Counsellors to long-term solutions that will not only keep everyone safe but build a healthy relationship between the public, city officials, and law enforcement.