The BC Ecosocialists are supporters of the Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police movements. Our policies are designed to support the goals of these movements and translate them into real political change that seeks to eliminate the racism, violence and misogyny that is endemic in our policing today. First and foremost, we need to dismantle the institutions and cultures that are causing these things and we can start in some pretty basic, practical ways.
One would never know that rates of violent crime have been falling even as policing budgets have been rising. For this reason, we favour a policing budget “reset” that cuts law enforcement funding in a city or region to 1997 levels indexed to inflation in preparation for 2022 police board elections.