Mayor de Blasio’s executive budget leaves the NYPD budget virtually untouched while calling for huge cuts in New York’s social and human services – exactly when they are needed most, during a once-in-a-century global pandemic and humanitarian disaster.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated every measure of inequality in New York City, and cutting critical public infrastructure, services, the social safety net and community programs while ignoring the NYPD creates yet another layer of unfairness in the city’s response to this pandemic.

The #DefundNYPD for #NYCBudgetJustice campaign is demanding at least $1 billion dollars be cut from the NYPD’s budget – and this money must be reinvested for services, programs, and infrastructure that directly benefits Black, Latinx and other communities of color most devastated by COVID-19.