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This toolkit was prepared by Local Progress in consultation with the Center for Popular Democracy. It was written by Kate Hamaji, Kumar Rao, Silvia Fabela, Kate Terenzi, and Emily Tucker. This toolkit is published as follow-up to the Center for Popular Democracy and PolicyLink’s 2015 report, “Building Momentum from the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Promoting Justice in Policing.

We would like to thank the many individuals, including government officials and former law enforcement members, who lent their expertise in the development of this toolkit. The groups and organizations that contributed to this toolkit include: The Center for Popular Democracy, Advancement Project, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ACLU of New Jersey, Anti-Police Terror Project, Bronx Defenders, Campaign Zero, Center for Constitutional Rights, Center for Court Innovation, Center for Law and Justice, Critical Resistance Initiative, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, National Police Accountability Project, New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), One Thousand Arms, PolicyLink, Public Defender Association, Vera Institute of Justice, and VOCAL-NY.

We would also like to thank the offices of: Councilmember Charles Allen (Washington, D.C.), former Supervisor John Avalos (San Francisco, CA), Council Member Dorcey Applyrs (Albany, NY), Council Member Greg Casar (Austin, TX), Supervisor David Cortese (Santa Clara County, CA), Alderwoman Megan Green (St. Louis, MO), Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez (Seattle, WA), Councilmember Kate Harrison (Berkeley, CA), Councilmember Lisa Herbold (Seattle, WA), Mayor Pro Tempore Jillian Johnson (Durham, NC), Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (Chicago, IL), Council Member Antonio Reynoso (New York, NY), and Council Member Jumaane Williams (New York, NY).