If CPCs are not police and awesome volunteers doing community care work, WHY is it called a policing center and why do they receive training from the VPD?

This is not to smear volunteers. This is to question the reason of hiding community care behind policing. Image
I'll repeat this again. Lots of the good work that CPC volunteers do are not at question here, the issue is why is policing being centered? It's not a semantics issue or a naming issue. It's a policy design issue.

Community care is not community policing.
Community Policing's purpose as someone mentioned in a previous reply that they bridge the public and police. What does that mean for the police's public relations?

People will argue readily about the definition of social housing but won't say a thing about the def of CPCs.
The design of CPCs in itself co-opts the volunteering model to give the police publicity via an entire volunteer force.

On one hand, VPD unleashes racist and harmful actions and the CPC then plays the nice non-cops?

How many people have gone to CPCs after abuse from police

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19 Jul
When you call in to oppose this motion tomorrow, consider emphasizing the awesome work volunteers already do and suggest to remove policing from these centres and instead, make it about community care. True community care.
Volunteers should not need to be responsible for managing community relationships for the police department about their image.

Because CPCs cannot say anything when the VPD makes racist mistakes. They have zero powers to go against the something they might not agree with.
Follow @defund604, @pivotlegal for instructions for tomorrow's motion.

We have to stop this before it goes forward. We have to make a pause and take this opportunity to do proper consultation with the community and all CPCs.

Let's work on create care centers, not cop centers
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19 Jul
Something I shared in a meeting this morning. With 11 CPCs in Vancouver, Anti-Asian racism went up 717%, wrongful cuffing of Heiltsuk Elder Maxwell Johnson and grand-daughter, Tori-Anne, wrongful cuffing of retired judge, Selwyn Romily. Policing doesn't work. Care does.
Policing centres should cease to exist and be transformed to community well-being centres where true care can be provided as crime reduction. True community-led efforts start with those most impacted, not just biz and home owners. Renters, unhoused folks are community too.
The approval of this motion will further undermine, disrespect and create further harm to racialized and marginalized communitiee, not to mention increased danger to community members who are volunteering.

Volunteers SHOULD NOT do policing for free.
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18 Jul
Folks keep coming at me about me hating CPC volunteers and my calls to decenter policing.

Not one has taken what I am saying as direct feedback from a potential CPC user. If @sarahkirby_yung and @MountPleasantBC had bothered to conduct proper engagement, we wouldnt be here.
Everyone one of them kept mentioning that CPC volunteers are NOT COPS, receive training from many orgs and yet it's still referred to as a Policing Centre. Why?

No one has answered this question at all.
Like are CPCs unable to receive feedback from marginalized folks and expect us to just be ok with policing as an umbrella, while VPD assume racist positions?
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17 Jul
Folks who aren't traumatized by policing will NOT be able to understanding why Community Policing Centres are a barrier for many. Those who run CPCs know this. Policing is not trauma-informed, at all. Are we really wanting to "police" each other, all the time, every day?
We take policing for granted when we don't ask how are we enforcing policing attitudes between each other when public safety is linked ONLY to the police but not to community. And even when it's community-based, we use policing instead of community safety.

Why do we need to remind each other that the police is literally in every part of our lives, that all the racism, classism, sexism are all forms of policing. When will we start geniunely owning that community care is not policing. Policing CANNOT CAPTURE community care.
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17 Jul
The irony is here is that you have non-policing folks working in a "policing centre" and giving out naloxone. If they ain't cops, why have a "pretend cop" centre?

Why not call it a neighbourhood safety centre and remove connections to VPD?
No one arguing are daring to say they love policing or being connected to police. They think this is an attack on CPCs when it's not. This is a call-out of a racist system like the VPD being directly connected and the beneficiary of the work of community.
Im calling for CPC volunteers to assess why you are still getting training from the VPD when they haven't admitted to systemic racism and many other police brutality issues.

The #defund model is a community transformation model. It removes policing as a behaviour between us.
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16 Jul
Instead of Community Policing Centres, I would love to see Community Learning Centres, Community Safety Centres, Community Healing Centres, Community Cultural Centres, Community Connection Centres, and more that's got nothing to do with policing.
As well as Neighbourhood Improvement Associations that's centred on racial, gender, disability, transformative justice frameworks.

Imagine if we, as neighbours learnt how to equalize and regulate societal power with each other without the need for policing.
Where community act like block chains and not viruses. Defunding the VPD should also translate to a needed transformation of where CPCs get their training from and how it is applied.

This motion speaks of none of that.
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