Police reform efforts—over decades, on and off campus—have failed. Policing is rooted in violence against Black, Native, and other targeted communities. We call for investing in and expanding our safety and well-being beyond policing.
Since June 2020, hundreds of organizations and over 10,000 members of the UW community have signed on to our demands to decriminalize UW: disarm and defund UWPD and invest those resources in our Black, Indigenous and People of Color at UW Seattle. These demands are inspired by the work of Movement for Black Lives and Decriminalize Seattle and rooted in years of work opposing police and prisons in this region.
It’s not just us! Even UWPD’s Black rank-and-file officers have filed legal claims decrying UWPD’s “unbearable racism.” Now that even UWPD officers are publicly calling out the racism in our campus police force, we hope that you will, too. Join us today, July 7 at 5:30pm PST to demand that the Board of Regents hold President Cauce accountable for her failure to respond to our demands. Zoom: https://washington.zoom.us/j/95976820837
- On June 15, 2020, President Cauce committed to “not hiring any officers who have previously been disciplined for any ethics, use of force, violence, bias, and any other serious violations.”
- On September 9, 2020, President Cauce committed “not to contract with the Seattle Police Department for security on our campus for football games or any other events on campus.” President Cauce, however, failed to mention that UW Bothell has an active contract with Bothell PD that they renewed without transparency or accountability to the campus community. Check out this linktree to see a copy of the contract and learn about Bothell student activism: https://linktr.ee/uwbsafety