The People's Budget Proposal
Black Lives Matter LBC and community allies have come together to release the next “People’s Budget Proposal” and bring equity and justice to the Long Beach City budget. The City’s budget is a moral document that reflects our city’s values and priorities. Adopting the People’s Budget is more than just a shift in the way the City has done business-- it is a pathway to ending anti-Blackness and structural racism in the City, undoing historical disinvestment that has continued for generations, and moving us closer towards a Long Beach that is safe and healthy for all.
Why the People's Budget?
For the past two years, the People’s Budget campaign has forced conversations and action for equity and justice in the Long Beach city budget. Because Black, Latinx, Cambodian, Filipino, White, and other members of the community came together, Long Beach started reversing historic patterns of disinvesting in communities of color. From funding for language access, to a youth strategic plan, to universal legal representation for immigrants, the people have proven we know how to make our communities safe and healthy.
Today, we are at a critical juncture in our city’s history and our nation’s history. Amid a global pandemic and uprising, we are all bearing witness once again to systemic oppressions driven by racism, capitalism, and white supremacy. Whether it is police criminalizing and committing direct violence on Black bodies or greedy developers gentrifying our neighborhoods and displacing our neighbors, our communities have had enough. Now is the time for bold change that puts Black lives at the center and reduces harm in every way, prioritizes communities first, invests in real essential services, and reimagines community safety.
As a multicultural and multigenerational alliance, we are calling on Mayor Robert Garcia, all nine City Councilmembers, and City Manager Tom Modica to adopt the People’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2021. Black Lives Matter, and all our communities cannot wait any longer.
Take Action for the People's Budget!
Now is the time to take action to pass the #PeoplesBudgetLB and #DefundLBPD. Explore and share the materials and recordings from our first teach-in on the city budget below.
Join us for our upcoming teach-ins:
Rebalance the Budget Oversight Committee
The Budget Oversight Committee (BOC) is the City Council committee that oversees the annual City budget and makes recommendations to the full Council on how to spend and balance the City’s funds. Help us spread the word and secure representation for lower-income communities on the BOC by downloading our 1-pager here.