Black Lives Matter. In the face of widespread police brutality and the failure to reform a broken and militarized system that perpetuates racism, we call for the defunding of police departments across America and the reinvestment of funds into black and poor communities, necessary social services, and other programs to uplift and ensure the health of our human family. Now more than ever, humanity needs compassion.
The reallocation of our cities' budgets is of utmost priority to ensure that our cities become safer and fairer places to live — defunding the police doesn't mean letting crime escape justice. It means justice should be served equitably to all citizens, and that protecting our communities should be diversified among mental health professionals, community-led safety policies and procedures, and other law-enforcement agencies. Reducing police budgets means “no longer asking officers to do many jobs that they often don’t even want to do: resolving family and school disputes, moving homeless people into shelters and so on.” We call for less militarization and more compassion.
Our Defund the Police design is an evolution of the Classic, our original design from 2003. Equality, freedom, justice, progress, solidarity, unity, liberty – our values were in the logo from the beginning. The skull and spikes are in the lineage of punk, anti-fascist, and anti-racist symbolism.