Our Partnership with the Empowering Communities for Public Safety Coalition Got a Big Win

In July 2021, the Chicago City Council passed a transformative ordinance to empower Chicago communities in building public safety in Chicago. The Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) is a historic ordinance that represents many years of work by the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) and the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), two broad-based community coalitions. Thousands of people and more than 100 community groups took part in creating the ordinance. BPI’s Police Accountability team provided extensive support to the GAPA coalition since the group came together more than five years ago and worked with the ECPS Coalition since GAPA and CAARPR joined forces behind a joint ordinance earlier this year. 

BPI is committed to working with our community partners and other stakeholders to ensure successful implementation and to see to it that the ordinance realizes its full promise.

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