- Alternatives to the Police
- below is copied from this website
- below is copied from this website
What To Do Instead of Calling the Police
Alternatives to Policing (Justice in Policing)
Alternatives to Police (Rose City CopWatch)
Alternatives to the Police (McGill Daily)
Animal Help Now: Provides immediate support in wildlife emergencies. If you encounter a wild animal who is injured, endangering your safety, or lost, AHN is a safer intervention option than the police. Animals are also frequently killed in police interactions that could be deescalated peacefully.
Calling Someone Other than the Cops (The Atlantic)
Chain Reaction: Alternatives to Policing (WeChargeGenocide.org)
Creative Interventions Toolkit: An incredible organization created by Black and Asian feminists that interviewed people about what they did to intervene in partner abuse and sexual assault without the state. This is one of the resources they created: a huge guidebook with tons of concrete examples, stories and tools for how folks have done this work.
Imagine Alternatives: Finding Ways Not to Call the Police (Caroline Loomis): An open letter, a resource list, and some great exercises for stretching your imagination to consider why you call the police and how you might make different choices and build alternatives in the future.
INCITE!’s Stop Law Enforcement Toolkit
INCITE!’s Community Accountability Best Practices
The Revolution Starts At Home: A book co-authored by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinh, Ching In Chen, and Jai Dulani about abuse inside activist communities and how folks have dealt with it without the cops (was out of print, is now back in print).
Transformative Justice Resource List (USPrisonCulture.com)
What To Do When Someone is Having a Mental Health Crisis on the Street (SF Bay Area specific)
Alternatives to Policing Projects / Organizations / Tools
Audre Lorde Project’s Safe Outside the System (SOS) seeks to empower community members to be proactive in preventing anti-LGBTQ violence, intervene when violent situations arise, and build stronger relationships between LGBTQ people of color, our allies and the community as a whole.
Cure Violence stops the spread of violence in communities by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control – detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and treating the highest risk individuals, and changing social norms – resulting in reductions in violence of 40% to 70%. Note: this program is now state-sponsored, which some people feel undermines its efficacy and sustainability.
National Mental Health First Aid Trainings: Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.
People’s Community Medics: An organization created by Black women in East Oakland that is a community controlled alternative and/or addition to calling 911 for emergency medical care. They created it after the ambulances were just not showing up or cops were showing up first.
Philly Stands Up: An organization that works with folks who have committed sexual assault or partner abuse who want to take accountability. This is their document where they talk about how they work with perpetrators.
Restorative Response Baltimore: A conflict resolution and community building organization that provides ways for people to collectively and effectively prevent and resolve conflicts and incidents ranging from bullying to auto theft to assault. Read about their work’s impact, start a group in your area, or refer a conflict here.
Apps for Coordinating Community Crisis Response
Buoy (mobile & desktop app): A community-based crisis response system.
(developers’ chat room for troubleshooting set up | user-to-user support forum | github wiki | if you need additional help figuring out how to set up Buoy on your site, Maymay may be able to help: https://maymay.net/)
Cell411: A real-time, free emergency management platform, built by and for activists.
Resources on Racism & The Police
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