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One of the tasks included in the first SPB was called “Am I A Safe Place?” - in the wake of the 2016 election had our subscribers develop a NEIGHBORHOOD plan to do 3 things before calling the police if someone is in crisis.
Seeing people ask for resources - many exist in many formal forms, not to mention MANY of us have shared in thread form on this very platform. I did one myself just LY when #StephonClark was killed during a "welfare check"
I thought it was a good time to do another one mostly b/c I honestly feel helpless and MAYBE this will help someone - but who knows? Everyday the police fulfill their purpose and those in power do nothing.
A few hashtags folks should look at for resources and discussions on the topic of alternatives to policing and community safety in general: #SafetyBeyondPolicing (h/t @MillionHoodies) & #WeKeepUsSafe (h/t @BYP_100)
@MillionHoodies @BYP_100 So - first of all it's important that everyone take the time to define "Safety". Safety is one of the many words (like LOVE & POWER) I require folks to define before we get into real conversation - even when the convo is with myself.
@MillionHoodies @BYP_100 EXERCISE - You'll want to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard for this. Come up with a working definition of safety and what it means for a place or person to be safe.

TIP: If possible do this with others.
@MillionHoodies @BYP_100 Some questions to help: What are the things in your life that make you safe? Are they tangible resources? Is it a feeling? Is it the people you are around? Think of some of the times you felt unsafe? What would have changed that situation for you?
@MillionHoodies @BYP_100 Next Up - take the time to think through WHO IS AT RISK in your community based on the definition you have come up with for safety. Who in your community is in danger or actively being harmed? When have people expressed to you that they feel unsafe, even in small ways?
@MillionHoodies @BYP_100 I'm adding an old SPB Mini Task here - it walks you through defining your "place" and spaces you influence.
@MillionHoodies @BYP_100 Finally it is time to start having a COMMUNITY conversation and I mean COMMUNITY here in the VERY LOCALIZED sense of the word. I emphasize localized part b/c it’s critical to talk about these things & develop a plan as a community.
@MillionHoodies @BYP_100 You ALL need to be on the same page or conversely you need to know who IS NOT on the same page as you - all of this is important. Alternatives to policing require MORE contact with each other in order to decrease contact with the police.
@MillionHoodies @BYP_100 Come up with a few sample plans based on concrete situations. You can use scenario in the local news and break down how everyone responded in the moment and if you think that you would or should respond the same.
@MillionHoodies @BYP_100 Here are additional things to consider: Who are the healthcare professionals in your neighborhood? Where is the nurse, doctor, EMT? Can they be a first line to assist & make non law enforcement recommendations at a crisis point?
@MillionHoodies @BYP_100 Who are the neighbors who are at higher risk of having a mental health crisis? Who are their emergency contacts? What do their crisis moments typically look like?
@MillionHoodies @BYP_100 What are emergency mental health service options in your area? Do you have those numbers readily available? Do you have an understanding of what those services offer? Which of them involve law enforcement automatically?
@MillionHoodies @BYP_100 Adding some additional resources - check out this great NYC area based doc from
@EqualFlatbush
"Suggestions & Tactics as an Alternative to Calling 911" docs.google.com/document/d/1NI…
The amazing ppl @EqualFlatbush have made this resource available via online download ! Support them!
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