MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2022
Black Lives Matter and Long Beach Coalition Release 5th People’s Budget Urging a Zero-Based Budget Process and Co-Governance with Marginalized Communities
The Fiscal Year 2023 People’s Budget proposal calls for divestment from the Long Beach Police Department and reinvestment in Black lives, communities of color, and marginalized communities
(Long Beach, CA —August 1, 2022) In its fifth year, the People’s Budget Long Beach Coalition will release its Fiscal Year 2023 People’s Budget proposal on August 2nd. The proposal centers the Black community and expresses the baseline position that when the City government fully invests in Black lives, in addition to the healing and restoration of the Black community from generational, persistent systemic harms, everyone in the city will benefit. The People’s Budget calls on Mayor Robert Garcia, all nine City Council members, and City Manager Tom Modica to (a) adopt the People’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2023, (b) establish a zero-based budgeting process to fundamentally reprioritize spending, (c) structurally reform the city budget process so that it centers co-governance by marginalized communities; Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, immigrants, youth, and older adults who are most impacted by budget decisions must co-lead and make decisions to shape the entire city budget and budgeting process.
WHAT: Members of Black Lives Matter Long Beach, local community organizers, faith groups, grassroots and nonprofit organization leaders, and residents will gather Tuesday evening to rally and release the Fiscal Year 2023 “People’s Budget Proposal” against the backdrop of the ongoing public health pandemic. The People’s Budget demands that the City of Long Beach: 1) divest from the Long Beach Police Department and 2) reinvest in Black lives, communities of color, and marginalized communities with a Black Reparations Fund, a Black-Led Community agency, a Tenant Right to Counsel program, a Rental Housing Division, the first Long Beach Community Land Trust, rental assistance, older adult housing, a satellite Multi-Service Center, and support for language justice, universal legal representation for immigrants, and climate justice.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 2, 2022: 5:45pm Press Conference (directly after 5pm Community sit-in at City Council meeting)
WHERE: Outside of Long Beach City Hall, 411 W Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802.
WHO: Community members and community-based organizations from across Long Beach. Speakers include leaders with Black Lives Matter Long Beach, the Housing Justice Coalition, and the Sunrise Movement Long Beach, including:
Dawn Modkins, Black Agency
Rev. Antonio Guallardo, LA Voice
Sheila Bates, Black Lives Matter Long Beach
Mayra J. Garcia, Long Beach Residents Empowered (LiBRE)
Karen Reside , Long Beach Gray Panthers
Kenny Allen, Sunrise Movement Long Beach
WHY: During the still-ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the systemic violence of poverty and policing in Long Beach continues to evidence institutionalized oppression driven by racism, capitalism, and White supremacy—underscoring the need for the City to fundamentally reimagine community safety and wellness. Since the murder of George Floyd, the City of Long Beach never defunded LBPD; in fact, of the nearly $136 million the City has received from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, the City has egregiously spent a large portion on police salaries, benefits, and overtime, instead of on communities in need. The Coalition asserts that the City budget must serve as reparations to Black and Indigenous people and communities in Long Beach, with funds going directly to community-led safety and Black liberation.
About the People’s Budget Long Beach Coalition:
Formed in 2018, the People’s Budget Coalition is a multiracial, multilingual, and multigenerational alliance that stands in solidarity with the Black and Indigenous communities and is committed to actively deepening that solidarity for the liberation of all peoples. The People’s Budget campaign is led by Black Lives Matter Long Beach, Black Agency, the Housing Justice Coalition, Long Beach Residents Empowered (LiBRE), the Language Justice Campaign, the Invest in Youth Coalition, Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition (LBIRC), Long Beach Forward, Long Beach Gray Panthers, LA Voice, Long Beach Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), Democratic Socialists of America - Long Beach (DSA-LB), Sunrise Movement Long Beach, and Showing Up for Racial Justice - Long Beach (SURJ - LB).
Web Site: www.lbforward.org/peoplesbudget
Social: Facebook & Twitter: @movelbforward
Melissa Morgan, Communications Director, Long Beach Forward, 515-999-6356, firstname.lastname@example.org