PLAYERS COALITION CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF Oakland POLICE FROM K-12 SCHOOLS
In response to the local, national and international demands for justice by ending Anti-Black racism and policing practices, OUSD Directors Shanthi Gonzales and Roseann Torres introduced the George Floyd Resolution, supporting efforts of the Black Organizing Project (BOP).
Signers of the letter include Tyson Ross (San Francisco Giants), Marcus Semien (Oakland Athletics), Eric Frampton (former NFL player) and Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors).
The Oakland Unified School District employs its own police force, which includes both sworn officers and non-sworn employees such as school safety officers. The proposed resolution would eliminate the Department and the sworn officers. It would direct the Superintendent to reallocate funds previously used for sworn police officers toward student support positions such as school-based social workers, psychologists, restorative justice practitioners, or other mental or behavioral health professionals, as the budget supports, to meet the needs of students. It would also direct the Superintendent to launch, by no later than July 17, 2020, an inclusive, community-driven process – involving parents, students, teachers, school administrators, student support staff, the Black Organizing Project, and other community partners – for completing a revised District safety plan with strategies for enhancing student learning, safety, and well-being within the District.
Over the past 8 years, Black Organizing Project has provided the District with abundant data demonstrating the disproportionate harms of the school-to-prison pipeline on students and families of color. They have organized students, families and community members to provide OUSD officials with countless personal testimonies and feedback from community forums about the harms we face because of police in our schools.
About Players Coalition
Players Coalition is an independent 501(c)(3) (charity) and 501(c)(4) (advocacy) organization, working with professional athletes, coaches and owners across leagues to improve social justice and racial equality in our country.
This post is based on a press release from Players Coalition to Zennie62Media.