Stars of Hollywood, Music and Sports Team Up in Signing Petition to Defund the Police, Invest in Black Communities

A long list of stars in Hollywood, music and sports have teamed up in signing a petition to defund the police and invest in Black communities.

The petition, posted at “DefendingBlackLives.org” writes:

Black communities across the nation are mourning the deaths of George Floyd, tortured to death by Minneapolis police, Ahmaud Arbery, a jogger who was killed while running in a residential neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia, Breonna Taylor an EMT killed while asleep in her bed in Louisville,KY, Dreasjon Reed in Indianapolis and Tony McDade in Tallahassee. Their names are added to a devastatingly long list of Black people who have been killed at the hands of vigilantes or law enforcement. Not to mention the others whose names we don’t yet know, and may never know since they were killed without a camera recording it.

At the same time, the United States leads the world in COVID-19 cases. So far, more than 100,000 people — enough to fill a football stadium– have perished from the virus, with over one million cases confirmed, and those numbers don’t reflect all the people dying from virus-related illnesses. Black people are suffering disproportionately from COVID-19, four times more likely to die than their white neighbors. 

JOIN US IN DEMANDING YOUR LOCAL OFFICIALS TAKE THE PLEDGE TO: 

  1. Vote no on all increases to police budgets 
  2. Vote yes to decrease police spending and budgets 
  3. Vote yes to increase spending on Health care, education and community programs that keep us safe.

The website proudly touts those who have already signed.

Thank you for signing:
John Legend
Boogie
America
G Herbo
Taraji P. Henson
Yara Shahidi
Megalyn Echikunwoke
dream hampton
Jude Demorest
Kendrick Sampson
Blair Imani
Jane Fonda
Chesa Boudin
Behzad Dabu
Darnell Moore
Jurnee Smollet-Bell
Lauren Halsey
Shaun King
Dawn-Lyen Gardner
Megan Rapinoe
Natalie Portman
Jameela Jamil
Lizzo
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye
Ashlee Marie Preston
Talib Kweli
Charlie Puth
Angela Davis
Common
OBM Blood Bath
Tory Lanez
Chris Martin (Coldplay)
Dakota Johnson
Amber P Riley
Anna Diop
JoJo
Sarunas Jackson
Diane Guerrero
Jurnee Smollet
Tessa Thompson
Christopher Graham
Rooney Mara
Joaquin Phoenix
Kate Mara
Sophia Bush
Amandla Stenberg
Keith Powers
Kerry Washington
Chloe Moretz
Minka Kelly

Last month Actress Natalie Portman sounded off on Instagram about her feelings on the “defund the police” movement.

When I first heard #defundthepolice, I have to admit my first reaction was fear. My whole life, police have made me feel safe. But that’s exactly the center of my white privilege: the police make me as a white woman feel safe, while my black friends, family and neighbors feel the opposite: police make them feel terror. And for good reason.

Police are the 6th leading cause of death for black men in this country. These are not isolated incidents. They are patterns and part of the system of over-policing of black Americans. Reforms have not worked. Minneapolis, where George Floyd was murdered, is one of the most progressive police forces in the country, having undergone extensive anti-bias training.

I am grateful to the leaders in the @mvmnt4blklives who have made us question the status quo. And who have made us imagine, what a world could be like in which we invested in nourishing people; (in their education, healthcare, environment, shelter)— rather than putting all of our money into punishment.

I’ve gotten to the age in my life, where if my gut feels uncomfortable, I take the situation as wrong. But this concept initially made me uncomfortable because I was wrong. Because the system that makes me feel comfortable is wrong. #defendblacklives#defundthepolice

 

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When I first heard #defundthepolice, I have to admit my first reaction was fear. My whole life, police have made me feel safe. But that’s exactly the center of my white privilege: the police make me as a white woman feel safe, while my black friends, family and neighbors feel the opposite: police make them feel terror. And for good reason. Police are the 6th leading cause of death for black men in this country. These are not isolated incidents. They are patterns and part of the system of over-policing of black Americans. Reforms have not worked. Minneapolis, where George Floyd was murdered, is one of the most progressive police forces in the country, having undergone extensive anti-bias training. I am grateful to the leaders in the @mvmnt4blklives who have made us question the status quo. And who have made us imagine, what a world could be like in which we invested in nourishing people; (in their education, healthcare, environment, shelter)— rather than putting all of our money into punishment. I’ve gotten to the age in my life, where if my gut feels uncomfortable, I take the situation as wrong. But this concept initially made me uncomfortable because I was wrong. Because the system that makes me feel comfortable is wrong. #defendblacklives#defundthepolice Swipe right for additional resources via @theslacktivists

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