The Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee has granted a grant to a group of activists who have the abolition of the Los Angeles School Police Department as one of their goals.
The host committee announced their list of grants to neighborhood companies and coalitions on Thursday. Amongst the 56 companies picked to get grants was the Brothers, Sons, Selves Union (BSS). The committee explained their thinking for the grant by pointing out the group for “making a transformative impact in underserved communities.”
The BSS self-describes as “a group of ten community-based organizations” with a mission “to end the criminalization of young bois/boys and guys of color by creating and affecting public policy that invests in youths and their future.”
Nevertheless, a better look at what the BSS actually does, reveals that the group looks for to “decriminalize” and “purchase young people” by divesting and defunding the authorities.
Specifically, the BSS is actively seeking to require the Los Angeles Unified School District to do away with its police force.
L.A. Students Deserve #PoliceFreeLAUSD! .?.!! @LA_StudentsDsrv https://t.co/V8Juu3oPvZ– Sibling Kids Selves(@BrosSonsSelves)June 8, 2021 Listen to Black students! #PoliceFreeLAUSD @AustinLASchools @Monica4LA @Jackie4LAKids @NickMelvoin @DrGeorgeMcKenna @Kelly4LASchools @ScottAtLAUSD @lausdbd7 https://t.co/r96NaYBL9u– Brothers Sons Selves(@BrosSonsSelves)June 8, 2021 The strategy
of the BSS and their partner organizations, which include the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter, is to require legislators to redirect L.A. School Cops funding to such initiatives as”school climate officers,””Black-centered courses ,”and”restorative justice therapists.”Though not entirely effective in their supreme objective of L.A. School Authorities Department abolition yet, the BSS and their allies have efficiently forced the school board to cut$25 million from the LASPD spending plan. In addition to getting rid of officers from school campuses, a move that resulted in the termination of 133 positions within the department. After revealing the list of grants, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated he was proud to assist”shine the Super Bowl spotlight onto the accomplishments of local community companies that typically go unacknowledged.”That”help,”supplied by the
host committee, will consist of”a$10,000 grant award, an expertly produced marketing video highlighting their company, and public acknowledgment of their work in
the lead up to the Super Bowl. “In addition, six of the 56 groups who got grants will be chosen to get a$50,000 grant at a later date. The NFL ended up being significantly active in the location of social justice after establishing a 10-year,$ 250 million fund after the national anthem
demonstrations led by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.