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To: Latino Caucus of the Chicago City Council
Latino Caucus Should Stop Being Anti-Black and Vote Against the Cop Academy #NoCopAcademy
Vote against Mayor Rahm Emanuel's training compound for Police and Fire in West Garfield Park that will cost Chicago's taxpayers $95,000,000.
Why is this important?
On May 23, 2018, every single member of the Latino Caucus in Chicago City Council supported the $95 million dollar police academy being pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
They voted in favor of the police academy despite protest from hundreds of Black and Latinx youth who were at City Council to remind them these millions of dollars should be invested in our communities at the cost of expanding policing.
Only one Alderman, Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, voted against purchasing the land for the cop academy, and on the same day Ald. Ramirez-Rosa took action with south side Alderman David Moore to delay a vote on funding the construction of academy, Ald. Ramirez-Rosa was expelled from the Latino Caucus by his colleagues.
As the website against the police academy says, "the City already spends $4 million per day on the police, and investing more money in policing will mean more violence for Black communities and communities of color in Chicago.
The Latino Caucus has the responsibility to represent and defend our communities, and that must include defending us against over-policing and criminalization, standing against the Mayor when he wants to take resources from our communities, and listening to both their Black and Latinx constituents.