The #NoCopAcademy campaign is an effort supported by community organizations across Chicago, that want to see $95 million invested in our communities rather than police training grounds. From the statement of opposition:

Chicago already spends $1.5 billion on police every yearthat’s $4 million every single day. We spend 300% more on the CPD as a city than we do on the Departments of Public Health, family and support services, transportation, and planning and development (which handles affordable housing). This plan is being praised as a development opportunity to help local residents around the proposed site, but when Rahm closed 50 schools in 2013, six were in this neighborhood. The message is clear: Rahm supports schools and resources for cops, not for Black and Brown kids.

We demand a redirecting of this $95 million into Chicago’s most marginalized communities instead. Real community safety comes from fully-funded schools and mental health centers, robust after-school and job- training programs, and social and economic justice. We want investment in our communities, not expanded resources for police.

Read the full statement of opposition to Rahm’s proposal here, and let us know if you want to join the campaign.

Endorsed by:

Assata’s Daughters
People’s Response Team
For The People Artists Collective
American Friends Service Committee- Chicago
Action Now
Alliance Educational Justice
Anakbayan Chicago
Arab American Action Network
A Just Harvest
A Long Walk Home
Axis Lab
Black Lives Matter Chicago
Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) Chicago Chapter
Black & Pink Chicago
Blocks Together
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
BTGNC Collective
Care 2
Chicago ACT Collective
Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Chicago Boricua Resistance
Chicago Community Bond Fund
Chicago Democratic Socialists of America
Chicago Desi Youth Rising
Chicago Dyke March Collective
Chicago Freedom School
Chicago League of Abolitionist Whites (CLAW)
Chicago Religious Leadership Network
Chicago Student Action
Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls and Young Women
Chicago Torture Justice Memorials
Chicago Votes
Circles & Ciphers
Corner Farm Chicago
Gay Liberation Network
Good Kids Mad City
Grassroots Collaborative
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group
Jane Addams Senior Caucus
Jewish Voice for Peace Chicago
If Not Now Chicago
Illinois Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA – IL)
Invisible to Invincible “i2i” Asian Pacific Islander LGBTQQ Pride of Chicago
Kuumba Lynx
Latino Union
Let Us Breathe Collective
Liberation Library
Lifted Voices
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
Love and Protect
Lucy Parsons Lab
National Lawyers Guild of Chicago
Network 49
ONE Northside
Organized Communities Against Deportations
Pilsen Alliance Youth Committee
Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project
Project Fierce
Radical Public Health
Rising Tide Chicago
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Chicago
Simeon Young Activists
Slow Roll Chicago
SoapBox Productions and Organizing
Socialist Alternative Chicago Branch
Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL)
Teachers for Social Justice
The 411 Movement for Justice for Pierre Loury
The People’s Lobby
Thy Neighborhood
T.U.P.O.C.C The United People of Color Caucus of the NLG – Chicago Chapter
Tzedek Chicago
United Neighbors of the 35th Ward
Uptown People’s Law Center
Veterans for Peace
War Resisters LeagueWomen’s All Point Bulletin
Workers Center for Racial Justice

Send an e-mail to nocopacademy [at] gmail.com to learn more about how to endorse and get involved.