People’s Budget Bako Blog

Hear from coalition members and supporters on why it’s critical for Bakersfield City Council to defund the police as a step towards abolition.

WE DEMAND THAT THE BAKERSFIELD CITY COUNCIL INVEST IN BLACK AND INDIGENOUS BAKERSFIELD RESIDENTS AND OTHER RESIDENTS OF COLOR

People’s Budget Bakersfield’s Priority Investments:

  1. Violence Prevention (Non-policing)
  2. Youth Development and Education (including Black-Centered Education)
  3. Public Health and Mental Health
  4. City Racial Equity Policies and Plans
  5. Affordable Housing and Homeless Services
  6. Building Black Economic Equity Programs
  7. City Reparations to Black and Indigenous Communities

Latest Posts

Op-Ed: Proposed 2021-22 Budget Does Not Come Close to Addressing Housing Crisis in Bakersfield

By PBB Member Mandy DeSchutter It’s no secret that the housing situation in Bakersfield is dire. In 2019 the rental vacancy rate of apartments in our city was 4.7%. In 2020, that dropped to 2.5%. This year, we are looking at an almost unheard-of rate of 1% for available vacant apartments. Rent prices are soaring,Continue reading “Op-Ed: Proposed 2021-22 Budget Does Not Come Close to Addressing Housing Crisis in Bakersfield”

Op-Ed: Bakersfield Needs to Divest from Police and Invest in Communities of Color (traducido en español abajo)

By PBB Member Cass Sheppard Spanish Translation by PBB Member Yoceline Noemi Last summer’s protests for Black lives resurfaced the dire need for America to rethink its policing practices and to address the harm policing has caused in Black and Brown communities. Kern County is no exception.   In 2015, Kern County police killed more peopleContinue reading “Op-Ed: Bakersfield Needs to Divest from Police and Invest in Communities of Color (traducido en español abajo)”

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