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Extracted text: SF Resident [YOUR NAME] for Defunding the SFPD Mayor London Breed@sfgov.org, ...

SF Resident [YOUR NAME] for Defunding the SFPD Mayor London Breed@sfgov.org, Board.of.Supervisors@sfgov.org, sandra.fewer@sfgov.org, Catherine.Stefani@sfgov.org, Aaron.Peskin@sfgov.org 13 more SF Resident [YOUR NAME] for Defunding the SFPD My name is [YOUR NAME], and I am a resident of San Francisco. This past week, our nation has been gripped by protests calling for rapid and meaningful change with regard to police behavior, an end to racism and anti-blackness, and immediate reform in how black people are treated in America. Our city was a leader in how we responded to COVID, and now that we are at the forefront of much of this action as well I think we have another opportunity to lead. Accordingly, it has come to my attention that the budget for 2021 is being decided as these protests continue. SFPD has been a waste of our resources. Last year, the SFPD budget was $611,701,869, the majority of which comes from the San Francisco general fund. While we've been spending extraordinary amounts on policing, we have not seen improvements to safety, homelessness, mental health, or affordability in our city. Instead, we see wasteful and harmful actions of our police. I understand that the police budget has been co-opted to affect change on these other issues, but that is palliative - and more direct, curative solutions are called for. I call on you to slash the SFPD budget and instead use those extraordinary resources towards solving homelessness, which is felt most by our black neighbors and veterans. We implore you to give every member of our community experiencing homelessness a place to call home and the treatment they need. I believe in San Francisco, and I think we can be a beacon for other cities to follow if only we have the courage to change. Sincerely, [YOUR NAME] Send A C ☺ $