This is a peaceful demonstration outside of Benard Greene’s residence to demand a 50% budget cut to the Brookline Police Department, and invest in our schools, affordable housing, and social services.
In response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, millions have taken to the streets with a clear and distinct call to end police violence and to defund police. This is a call that must be answered. Yet even now, amid such dire and dramatic urgency for change, Brookline’s leaders have resisted our calls to defund the police department.
As Chairman of Brookline’s Select Board, Bernard Greene recently spoke out against proposed budget cuts to the police department. Greene’s unwavering defense of the Brookline police department, and his refusal to support the budget cuts, have contributed to the defeat of two proposals that would have reduced police spending. This is unacceptable.
So on July 5, at 8 am, we will go to Bernard Greene’s residence and demand that the Brookline Select Board commit to the following demands:
(1) Reduce the Brookline Police Department’s budget by at least 50%.
(2) Redirect money from the police budget toward improving public schools and building and maintaining new affordable housing units.
(3) Create a democratically run police oversight committee comprised of civilians to investigate claims of police brutality, review police misconduct, and discipline officers when necessary.
(4) Create an independent task force of trained mental health professionals and social workers who will act as first responders to mental health crises and non-emergency incidents and provide social services for crises such as homelessness and domestic violence.
(5) Commit to progressive immigration reform and refuse all cooperation with I.C.E.
We need the Select Board to implement these demands NOW! We cannot afford to underfund housing, social services, and public education. We must commit our public resources to the health and well-being of our communities.
Please join us on JULY 5TH, 8:00 AM, in Olmsted Park near 33 Pond Avenue, Brookline. Together, we send a message to the world.