Reprinted from October 17: “What are the alternatives to calling the police?”

Carrie who called in to City Council Tuesday night to support the police and to oppose defunding, gave the phone numbers of the county crisis intervention folk as alternatives to police for those who choose.

Northampton: 610-252-9060

Lehigh: 610-782-3127

Ironically, the “police abolitionist” at the NCC conference in October suggested that counties have a poster of important numbers to distribute to residents.

Seemed to Gadfly a good idea.

Do we have one? If not, who would do one?

Latest in a series of posts in the wake of the George Floyd murder

The 2020 NCC Peace and Social Justice Conference

Police-Free Future panel, October 15, 2020
video

Remember what we’re doing here in this string of posts.

We’re taking our time and listening to a police abolitionist. Hearing his case. So we can know it and have an informed opinion about it.

Crazy, right? Who else does this kind of thing?

in this section of his presentation, PV suggests that we ask ourselves what already exists in our town in lieu of calling the police.

So that the police or 911 is not necessarily the first place we call in certain circumstances.

And then that we put a list together.

Such as you see here below.

And put it on the fridge or home bulletin board.

And put the numbers in our phones.

And then these places would be targets for reallocated money from the police department budget.

Gadfly wonders if such a list is already available for Bethlehem/Northampton County. Anybody know?

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One thought on “Reprinted from October 17: “What are the alternatives to calling the police?”

  1. You would think it might be more useful to create local lists such as these than to join a protest march. Maybe protest marches should have mandatory confabs to produce useful change or might that be too much work or boring?

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