police free schools
Petition to Jeanice Swift
Call for AAPS to end their relationship with AAPD
Dear, Ann Arbor Public Schools We are here to demand termination of the close relationship between the AAPD and AAPS. Due to recent and ongoing events of police brutality in Michigan and across the country we as students are calling on Ann Arbor Public schools to terminate their relationship with the Ann Arbor police department. Police brutality has been an issue both in our community and across Michigan for years and it is focused primarily on black and brown residents in our community. This leads to increased fears of black and brown students when there is a police presence. A recent survey found that “Based on their most recent interactions with AAPD, 89 percent of white residents offered positive ratings (good or excellent), in terms of feeling treated in a respectful and professional manner, while only 45 percent of black residents did.” Currently in Michigan right now is that 96-97 percent of the academy graduates [in law enforcement] are white males."In 2014 the Ann Arbor police department was responsible for the death of Aura Rosser and the police office responsible has received no disciplinary punishment. This shows a clear pattern of disregard within AAPD for black and brown residents. Currently 16% of Ann Arbor public school students are black. We cannot allow them to feel unsafe while trying to participate in education and school activities. In 2019 AAPD received $28,516,331 dollars in funding from the city. We believe that terminating the contract between AAPS and AAPD would allow funding from AAPS to go to more productive ways of security. Such as security guards who are trained thoroughly in de escalation with youth as well as a more diverse group in security to accurately represent our school. We can no longer let our black and brown students, teachers and parents feel unsafe when entering the classroom, sports games and school events. https://www.a2gov.org/departments/finance-admin-services/accounting/Documents/Final%20Budget%20Book.pdf https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2018/02/ann_arbor_seeks_to_add_diversi.html https://www.a2gov.org/departments/communications/SiteAssets/Pages/Citizen-Survey/The%20NCS%20Demographic%20Crosstabs-Ann%20Arbor%20FINAL%202018.pdf https://www.huffpost.com/entry/aura-rosser-killed-dave-ried-ann-arbor_n_6604458 https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/immigration/enrollment/michigan/washtenaw/ann-arbor-public-schools
Petition to 4J School Board, 4J Superintendent Balderas, 4J Superintendent Vandecaar
Remove Eugene Police from 4J School District campuses Eugene, Oregon
I am a student/parent/alumni/concerned community member of the 4J school district demanding the removal of Eugene Police Department members from all 4J schools. Our campus communities are not made safer by their presence and I have a personal stake in stipulating equitable access to education for all marginalized students in the Eugene-Springfield area. I am determined to draw your attention to three central reasons for which the EPD has no place in our schools. In light of the protests now being held internationally to protest police brutality, I must stand for justice. Eugene Police make schools unsafe for BIPOC, mentally ill, low income, neuro-diverse students, students with disabilities and LGBTQ+ students.It is a proven fact that police officers are far more likely to use excessive and disproportionate force against people from marginalized communities, and this trend is extremely visible in our community. In 2015, veteran Brian Babb was killed by the Eugene Police in his front yard after requesting support for a mental health crisis. In 2019, Stacy Kenny, a mentally ill, transgender person, was shot multiple times in her own vehicle by the Eugene Police after being stopped for a minor traffic infraction, and then posthumously misgendered by police and news sources. In 2019, an unarmed, low-income person named Eliborio Rodrigues was shot and killed by the Eugene Police while collecting cans and bottles to pay his bills. In 2018, an unarmed UO student of color named Sterling Baraquoi had guns drawn on them by UOPD after being profiled during a search for a construction site break-in. These wrongful deaths and instances of discrimination are only scratching the surface of a deeply ingrained history of police violence in this community. The most recent investigative audit of Eugene Police activity found that one in four people ticketed or arrested for minor crimes in 2016 were unhoused or lacked permanent address. Additionally, one in three cases were aimed at those who had lacked a place to live within the last three years. As LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and mentally ill people are disproportionately likely to become unhoused, the EPD has actively criminalized minor offenses that these groups are most vulnerable to engaging in, by virtue of wanting to stay alive. Eugene Police’s constant criminalization of unhoused members of our community, despite having non-reenforcement based resources such as White Bird at their disposal 24/7, speaks to the true role of police in this community and everywhere. With such a high proportion of unhoused students in 4J classrooms, how can the district claim to support their education while colluding with those whose policy and day-to-day actions work against them? Eugene Police have a strong and undeniable history of abusing their power.In 2013, Stefan Nicholas Zeltvay of the EPD, who had been stationed at South Eugene High School as a resource officer for ten years, was convicted of sexually harassing three female coworkers at the Eugene Police Department. Subsequent investigation yielded 12 to 15 leads from female South students, who reported, among other things, avoiding Zeltvay at all costs because of his reputation. A subsequent lawsuit contended that Eugene Police Department supervisors knew that a now-former officer was a “dangerous sexual predator” but failed to do anything about it for years, which allowed his aggressive behavior toward women to continue until the department finally turned its investigative firepower on him in 2012. The EPD thus was found to have reasonable suspicion that one of their officers was, as aforementioned, a dangerous predator, and allowed him to remain in 4J schools, amongst students, for at least a decade. In July of 2004, Robert Magana, a member of the Eugene Police, was sentenced to 94 years in prison for abusing 15 women from 1997 to 2003. In subsequent investigations, officer Ryan Wolgamott, South Eugene High School’s current resource officer, mentioned that he had arrested a woman in December 2002. According to the investigative report, she told him, "Officer Magana raped me." She then told Wolgamott that she reported the same thing to another officer and nothing came of it. Wolgamott told investigators the woman, a “mentally ill drug addict", didn't appear credible. He said he told his field training officer about her statement, but it was never documented or investigated. Officer Wolgamott actively denied a rape allegation against one of his peers, citing the victim’s status as drug-addicted and unhoused as a reason to deem her less credible. How can I trust him to protect marginalized students of all situations and backgrounds in the event of their coming forward when this is a practice he espouses? Resource officers have been proven to harm more than they help. Study upon study has demonstrated that the presence of a school resource officer does little more than comfort those who enjoy the status quo and do not experience discrimination at school. Women, African-American students, neuro-diverse students, students with disabilities and students who have experienced various forms of school violence, such as fights, arguments, bullying, or religious teasing, tend to report feeling less safe in schools, even though SROs are present. Student arrests and court referrals of students of color tend to increase, and schools with more students of color have a more militarized police presence, bolstering the school to prison pipeline. Additionally, students report feeling more uncomfortable making a report of harassment and bullying with police presence. According to the majority of data, schools with armed police officers are more likely to see adverse effects than increased safety over long periods of time. By contrast, schools that invest in social workers and conflict de-escalation teams have better student outcomes and operate with demonstrably more equity. Given these three points, and with the firmly-held belief that education should be equitably accessible and without obstacle, I stipulate: 4J must divest from the Eugene Police Department, following in the footsteps of many communities in the US 4J must carry out an investigation of student safety programming, utilizing local conflict de-escalation resources and complying with ODE student outcome guidelines, to replace EPD presence4J must issue a statement of purpose addressing the history of abuse and violence against marginalized groups handed down by the EPD systemically, whom they have consistently supported and included in the lives of their students I demand that we follow in the footsteps of leading educators today, and make a change now. Sincerely, The Undersigned *This petition was researched and written by current 4J students and recent 4J graduates. We encourage the community to share and amplify it if you agree with the statements above*
Petition to School Board 4j
Keep our kids safe at school!
Please email your support for SRO (School Resource Officers) for our schools at email@example.com The Eugene school district board is going to vote to cut ties with The Eugene Police Department. Which would mean the school resource officers would no longer be in, or involved, with the schools.This would be such a loss for our community and our kids. Last night the EEA 4j teacher union quietly met and voted without the voice of all its members to ask the board to cut ties with EPD. Yes... that’s right! ATTENTION 4j EMPLOYEES!!! You voted to remove EPD from our schools without even knowing it! We can make changes with dialogue and not go to such an extreme as to remove this resource completely! If the school board does not receive emails of support for these officers they will most likely vote to cut them. This is how our district works, especially now that public comments are not allowed at the virtual meetings. These SRO officers are specially trained in handling youth, especially those who have experienced trauma.This is our opportunity as a community and school district to work together with Eugene Police Department to make our world a better place! If you could, I am asking you to send an email showing your support for our Eugene police School Resource Officers to the following board members: firstname.lastname@example.org@email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org@4j.lane.edu You can put “public comment” in the title. What to write:-positive interactions had with the SRO officers.-personal stories of any kind-letters from actual students would be great!-A plea for the district to work together with the Eugene Police not against them.-Insist that they do not rush into a major decision like this. - be vocal about your concerns Madison Middle School had a threat of violence last year. The school police officers were at the school the entire day out front talking to students talking to families ensuring that people felt safe. I really appreciated the support at our school and as I did choose to send my daughter to school that day. They are trained specifically to work with kids and families. They are here for our kids for their safety and well being. Officer Nick Reich is the School Resource Officer for the North Eugene region. He has created wonderful opportunities for the students in the North region. SRO Reich wanted to do something amazing for the students. He came up with the idea to send 25 students to a ducks football game this past season. The school counselors provided 25 student names who were deserving and had never been to a ducks football game. The majority of the students were students of color and Officer Reich procured 100 ducks football tickets, 100 papas pizza coupons, 100 ducks T-shirts, 100 ducks football sweatshirts. In addition, he asked the Eugene Police Officers Association to donate swag bags for each kid full of snacks, lanyards, and more for the game. This is the type of community the school resource officers bring to the table here locally in Eugene. The SROs were responsible for hosting a winter coat drive. This was organized and done on their own time and bringing in over 75 brand new winter coats for students in the Eugene school district. These students names were provided by the Eugene school district counselors. We want this type of service and people in our community!
Petition to Mimi LeClair, Lori Lightfoot
Open Letter To The Boys & Girls Club Of Chicago
(READ THE WHOLE LETTER HERE https://nocopacademy.com/2021/06/21/open-letter-to-boys-girls-club-of-chicago/ We the youth of the west and south sides of Chicago and #NoCopAcademy are tired of being ignored. We are tired of seeing continuous investment into the Chicago Police Department and tired of the city telling US what safety looks like within our communities without actually asking us what makes us feel safe. What we do know is adding a boys and girls club on the site of a cop academy as a "resource" for black youth is absurd, is the opposite of safety and is only a PR move by the mayor to make this cop academy more palpable to us. If you are FIRED UP and CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE sign on to our open letter to the boys and girls club of Chicago to let them know THIS AIN'T IT? SIGN ON BELOW!
Petition to Neptune Township Board of Education
Replace police officers with crisis intervention specialists at Neptune Township Schools
Police brutality has been a deep rooted issue that has penetrated every aspect of our communities, including the way we learn. Schools are supposed to be a safe heaven where educational development is encouraged and not a place where students have to wonder whether or not police personnel will use excessive force. Police officers are not trained to deescalate altercations between children. They have no training regarding psychiatric disorders such as behavioral and attention difficulties, mood disorders, or developmental and learning disabilities. In addition, unpleasant police interactions cause unnecessary stress that can later became physical ailments such as hypertension, diabetes, and sleep deprivation. The solution? Specialists that are trained to intervene during a crisis or "a state of emotional turmoil." When the usual coping mechanisms fail, these specialist step in to deescalate the situation and provide one-on-one support. I urge the Neptune Township Board of Education to end their contract with the Neptune Township Police Department and reallocate those funds in the creation of a crisis intervention team.
Petition to Palm Springs Unified School District Board of Education
Call for Police Free Schools in PSUSD
In light of recent social unrest regarding high instances of police violence in black communities, we formally request the PSUSD Superintendent and Board of Education members to follow in the footsteps of Minneapolis and Portland Public Schools to immediately terminate their contract with Law Enforcement School Resource Officers within our schools. In reference to accountability measures set forth in the PSUSD Local Control Accountability Plan that specifically states: “Palm Springs Unified School District will provide students with a clean, healthy, physically and emotionally safe learning environment,” we ask that you consider the impact that police presence has on the safety and emotional well-being of students of color, especially our black youth. Dr. Lyon recently shared a statement expressing solidarity with our youth to “eliminate any barriers that could prevent our students from succeeding and reaching their full potential.” Our communities hold our local districts accountable to ensure we achieve this goal of eliminating those barriers. It is for these reasons we urge board members and Superintendent Dr. Lyon, to take direct action in protecting and uplifting our students of color by eliminating law enforcement involvement. According to the Annual Update report for LCAP year 2019-20, PSUSD allocated a combined $1.7 million to Campus Safety and Security and School Resource Officers in its review of the 2018-19 budget. PSUSD should set the example for other school districts to re-allocate resources to expand holistic learning environments. PSUSD should commit to dismantling the punitive infrastructure of our current school system by shifting their approach to behavioral challenges in schools. PSUSD should invest in transformative justice measures that increase counseling and mental health services to students and families and require training for teachers to apply restorative justice strategies in their classrooms. PSUSD should begin the process towards applying those sustainable student support models rather than criminalizing undesirable behavior. We must look to the future of police free public schools if we are truly committed to providing equitable opportunities for student achievement. Fund the health and development of our students, not the police.
Petition to Superintendent Greg Baker
Remove police presence from Bellingham Public Schools
We are demanding that the superintendent of Bellingham Public Schools prioritize student well being and remove police presence from our schools. This petition is organized by a group of Bellingham school district educators, support staff, and community members. We are in the midst of widespread upheaval over the systemic violence of policing. Evidence shows that police presence results in learning disparities for Black, Brown, and Indigenous students. The police system also has a well-documented history connected to the school-to-prison pipeline, in which Students of Color are punished harshly for behaviors that are considered age-appropriate for white children. Instead, we should be investing in trained and trusted community and staff members to de-escalate and respond to student needs. We join the calls of those across Bellingham, the state, and the country to remove police presence from our schools. For our district specifically, this includes the removal of the district resource officer, the first responder lunch program, and police participation in school/community events. We demand that we do better for our students. We will no longer accept empty gestures, suggestions of “reform,” and allusions to how the Bellingham Promise has already done this work. There has been a lack of transparency from the district around the cost, purpose, and outcome of the program. We are demanding that our voices be heard now, and that real change be made to the way this district allocates its resources and prioritizes the well being of students. The superintendent has stated that “We commit to asking the hard questions of how we hold ourselves and our community accountable for enacting justice and dismantling the systems that enable racism, bigotry and hate.” In signing this petition, it is our intention to hold the school district accountable to align their actions with their words. For more information on how and why police presence in schools is harmful to students you can see a presentation given by staff here:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Gpmn6jJSyx2wE3cXKfy7FZ0UJ2ffcZBs/view?usp=sharing y en español:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1053SBUsyY8tzXzubb5bIIFA18nDpHA1j/view?usp=sharing To sign up for our email list to be involved in future actions, visit the website:www.saferbellinghamschools.com