We Don’t Call the Cops and the Dangers of Weaponizing Whiteness

SURJ (Showing Up For Racial Justice)

Interactive zoom presentation about shifting the culture and habit of calling the police. We wanted to have a place for white-identified folks especially to explore coming from a reformist perspective to an abolitionist one and share examples of how we can build trust and true safety in our communities.

A slideshow of alternatives to calling the police and some video clips of examples of how calling the cops is weaponizing whiteness. We had break-out groups so folks were able to discuss if they have called the cops in the past, what outcome they were seeking and what was the outcome in actuality.  SURJ specifically moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice, and all are welcome to this session.


We Don’t Call the Cops Poster

“Before you report” Resources

SURJ Santa Cruz (Showing Up For Racial Justice)

SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Santa Cruz is part of a national network of over 150 groups and affiliates nationwidewho are motivating white people to work for racial and economic justice through community organizing, mobilization, and education.

SURJ’s role as part of a multi-racial, cross-class movement is to undermine white support for white supremacy while working for racial justice. We understand that this work is effective only when engaged with the leadership of people of color. Therefore, our guiding principle ensures that we maintain strong accountability relationships with Black, Indigenous and People of color-led organizations.