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
Let amplify the power of community to ask of our police departments to do better and not hold CPCs by the throat with funding requirements.

Let's make community care, not policing, a real pillar of safety and access, for each other, with each other.
Imagine community care networks training those most impacted for free, and support them to provide the care they give.

How much more powerful will that be?

Imagine teaching community how to love and care for each other without policing each other.
Imagine being able to walk in the streets without seeing the words POLICE often.

Imagine if we had mini community centres everywhere
We would have more gardens, more food, more safety, more slow traffic, more walking, more connections, more opportunities for activations.

These are all things POLICING cannot do, even in principal.

Policing is about...well, policing. It's not really about public safety.
It's about displays of power and trying to be the moral compass in a society that's morally and culturally diverse, where each of our relationship to policing is not equal or similar. You cannot have a colonially-designed policing force without deep understanding of diversity
The VPD has little to no capacity for self-reflection with issues such as racism. I mean, Adam Palmer was trained by the FBI himself, twice! And FBI which we know, is also racist.
Opposing this motion will mean us as a community actually able to come together and talk about safety with folks who are unhoused, poor, disabled, queer, migrants, sick, invisible.

We cannot let convenience drive our sense of safety.
So please, please oppose this motion and build an opportunity to decenter policing prescence in our city and truly cultivate community care and safety centres.

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21 Jul
In reflection of #JusticeforJared, I would say that Community Policing is one mechanism that the RCMP and VPD use to get away from being accountable of racist brutality. The guise of neighbourhood relationships is only another reason for police to justify their brutal actions.
Policing as a whole needs pausing. This mechanism public safety has been completed gutted out of compassion, understanding and tolerance.

I cannot sit here witnessing what happened to Jared and allowing for more policing in our communities.

CPCs are the police's ways of working with those they seem fit against those they seem don't. Not all community members are consider community to police. They consider many of us as jokes of the society and it tells by the way they treat us. It's systemic.
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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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17 Jul
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.
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