Cycles for Change:
Cycles for Change is a nonprofit organization working at the intersection of social justice and the bicycle movement. We are grounded in the values of equity, justice, inclusion, and self-empowerment. We believe it is essential to establish gender equity and safer spaces for underrepresented and marginalized people on bikes. Cycles for Change centers femme, trans, women, and gender non-conforming peoples; Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; and youth within our work.
What to do instead of calling the police, because most situations need different expertise:
- Get to know your neighbors.
- Rewrite your internal script about the police.
- Start where you can, build from there.
A local, crowd-sourced zine of alternatives to calling the police:
We call the police for so many things, when there are other resources and organizations more capable of helping us, without the threat of violence or death. Let’s use our community resources. Let’s lessen our reliance on the police.
Acknowledge and model normalizing implicit racial bias, because we all have it.
Implicit (a.k.a. unconscious) bias comes from the socially designed construction of race— specifically, designed racial segregation, including colonization, reservations, slavery, racial restrictive covenants, legal segregation, Japanese Internment, Chinese Exclusion laws, Jim Crow, and now the current evolution of those explicit policies – displacement, segregation, etc. Repeat after me. It is human to have bias. I am not a bad person if I admit I have bias.
MPD150 proposes meaningful structural change following their study of the Minneapolis Police Department, which found:
- The police were established to protect the interests of the wealthy and racialized violence has always been a part of that mission.
- The police cannot be reformed away from their core function.
- The police criminalize dark skin and poverty, channeling millions of people into the prison system, depriving them of voting and employment rights and thereby preserve privileged access to housing, jobs, land, credit and education for whites.
- The police militarize and escalate situations that call for social service intervention.
- There are viable existing and potential alternatives to policing for every area in which police engage.
MPD150 also has compiled a list of local alternatives to calling the police for:
Mental Health Crisis Response
Responding to Violence
Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation