Everyday, the City of Chicago spends more than $4 million dollars on the Chicago Police Department. Inspired by AFSC's One Minute For Peace resource, interns with the Chicago Peace Building Program created this budget strip to highlight spending priorities locally. The idea for this resource came from our collaborations with the intergenerational effort to challenge police violence against youth of color in Chicago - We Charge Genocide.
Did you know?
One day spent on policing in Chicago is the equivalent of what the city spends on:
- 5 months of Mental Health Services ($9.4 million per year)
- 18 months of Substance Abuse Treatment ($2.6 million per year)
- 32 months of Violence Prevention programs ($1.5 million per year)
We believe a budget that invested in real community safety would look different.
The Chicago Police Department has a demonstrated pattern of racist enforcement and violent aggression towards communities of color and operates with impunity. More money for CPD means less money for the things we really need to have safety in our communities.
How would you spend $4 million per day to have real safety in your community?