NYS BREATHE ACT
Black Freedom Project of NY has adopted a state-level platform and legislative campaign inspired by M4BL’s Federal Breathe Act. The BREATHE Act calls for a “time-bound plan” to close all federal prisons and immigration detention centers. It would also abolish ICE and the Drug Enforcement Administration, ban police departments from using surveillance and military-grade weapons, and reallocate funds from policing and incarceration to social-welfare, health-care, education, and environmental programs. This visionary bill framework divests our taxpayer dollars from brutal and discriminatory policing and invests in a new vision of public safety—a vision that answers the call to defund the police and allows all communities to finally BREATHE free.
The BREATHE Act framework seeks to:
- Divest Federal Resources from policing and incarceration & ending federal criminal-legal system harms, including the 1994 Crime Bill and reparations for the War on Drugs,
- Invest in new approaches to community safety utilizing funding incentives,
- Allocate new money to build healthy, sustainable & equitable communities for all people and,
- Hold officials accountable & enhance self-determination of Black communities.