Following the murder of George Floyd last summer, we witnessed the movement for Black Lives spark a global uprising against state sanctioned violence — and it all started in Minneapolis. We marched. We organized. And, most importantly, we learned that the majority of Minneapolis is ready for a new approach to community safety.
Our community demanded our city leaders move away from violent policing to create a new department that addresses community safety holistically and with a public health approach. People power pushed our City Council to unanimously support an amendment to do just that. Then, an unelected body of bureaucrats and their pro-police allies blocked us from the ballot.
Now, we’re renewing the fight and bringing this issue to voters this November.
We are launching a people’s petition to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety. We decide what safety looks like for our communities. This petition is the first step to letting voters decide the future of policing in Minneapolis.
Yes 4 Minneapolis is a Black-led campaign composed of a growing coalition of grassroots, community organizations and individuals who believe a people’s petition is the best path forward for implementing a new Department of Public Safety in Minneapolis. Our coalition members include:
Our people’s petition will strike the section of the City Charter (Section 7.3) that requires the City of Minneapolis to rely solely on police to uphold community safety. We will replace it with the following language:
7.3. Public Safety.
(a) Department of Public Safety.
(1) Function: The Department of Public Safety is responsible for integrating its public safety functions into a comprehensive public health approach to safety, including licensed peace officers if necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the department.
(2) Commissioner of Public Safety Department.
(a) The Mayor nominates and the City Council appoints a commissioner of the department of public safety under section 8.4.
The people’s petition will also strike the words “police department” in Section 7.4(c) and replace it with “department of public safety.”
In Section 8.2(d)(5), which include language related to the appointment of a police chief, the people’s petition will strike:
“in the case of the police chief, on the first weekday in January that is not a holiday in the year the appointment starts;”
We will replace it with the following language:
“in the case of any other office, as any applicable ordinance provides, otherwise upon election or appointment.”
Yes 4 Minneapolis is a Black-led campaign composed of grassroots, community organizations and individuals who believe a people’s petition is the best path forward for implementing a new Department of Public Safety in Minneapolis.
A people’s petition is how Minneapolis residents can directly shape our city’s future. Here’s what it looks like: Everyday community members from all 13 Wards come together and pose a question for all voters to consider in the next election. Our petition is giving Minneapolis voters the choice to keep the Minneapolis Police Department as it is or create a new Department of Public Safety.
When you sign, you are saying you want Minneapolis voters to decide the future of public safety this November. Our goal is to collect 20,000 signatures to guarantee this will be on the ballot in November. Signing this petition does not mean police will disappear after we vote YES on November 2 — it means we will have more options for community safety than the police-only model.
All people who are registered to vote in Minneapolis may sign the petition. As of now, the petition must be signed in person. However, our campaign has partnered with the St. Paul rent stabilization campaign to call on the legislature to allow for online, COVID-safe signature collection.
Only registered voters are eligible to sign the petition. If you are not currently registered but are eligible to vote, please register to vote first at mnvotes.org.
The language of our petition was developed through a community-input process. We believe a people’s petition is the strongest way to guarantee the people get to vote on this proposal in November. We are working with the city council — our proposals are not in conflict.
Yes 4 Minneapolis is a coalition campaign to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new department of public safety.
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