A Moral Statement of Priorities: The People's Budget — August 8, 2020

James Suazo is the Associate Director at Long Beach Forward, where he leads several initiatives including the People’s Budget and the We Count Long Beach campaign. He joins Let Cope to give us his reactions to the City of Long Beach's newly proposed budget for the fiscal year 2021. ⁣ With the guiding principle that “The City’s budget is a moral document that reflects the city’s values and priorities,” the People’s Budget aims to create a pathway to ending anti-Blackness and structural racism within the City. Black Lives Matter LBC and other community ally organizations have called on city council to adopt the People's Budget, which would include defunding the police and reinvesting in essential community structures such as housing, education, and public health to represent the diverse communities of color within the city.⁣

James Suazo is the Associate Director at Long Beach Forward, where he leads several initiatives including the People’s Budget and the We Count Long Beach campaign. He joins Let Cope to give us his reactions to the City of Long Beach's newly proposed budget for the fiscal year 2021. ⁣

With the guiding principle that “The City’s budget is a moral document that reflects the city’s values and priorities,” the People’s Budget aims to create a pathway to ending anti-Blackness and structural racism within the City. Black Lives Matter LBC and other community ally organizations have called on city council to adopt the People's Budget, which would include defunding the police and reinvesting in essential community structures such as housing, education, and public health to represent the diverse communities of color within the city.⁣

Join us as we discuss how the city’s proposed budget fits into our current landscape and how you can chime in before it is adopted in September. ⁣

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