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.
With the UW now facing legal actions against it by all Black rank and file officers for “unbearable racism“, the Black Student Union, Decriminalize UW, the Black Graduate Student Association and allied groups will host a visioning session outside the doors of the first in-person Regents’ meeting Wednesday, September 8th at 2:30 pm at the Paul G. Allen Center as well as live-stream (@UWBSU on Instagram). Speakers will include students, faculty, and community members. We appreciate you spreading the word with your communities and we hope to see you in person or in virtual attendance. We’ll host a poster-making party starting at 1:30 pm PST at the Allen Building — we’ll bring the supplies, you bring your vision of what we could do with $8 million per year to make UW a safer campus for all!
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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. Given the administration’s repeated failure to act accountably and transparently, we now call for dismantling UWPD and canceling the contracts with city cops!