Jane Fonda and Natalie Portman are among the stars leading the charge in pressuring Hollywood to defund the police through a new petition from the Movement 4 Black Lives that is demanding an “end to police terror.”
Fonda and Portman are two of the big names to sign the petition, with others being Debra Messing, John Legend, Kendrick Sampson, and Joaquin Phoenix. The petition demands that local politicians slash police spending and increase funding for community programs as well as for other local initiatives.
“We join in solidarity with the freedom fighters in Minneapolis, Louisville, and across the United States. And we call for the end to police terror,” the petition states.
The petition makes the following three demands for local politicians:
- Vote no on all increases to police budgets
- Vote yes to decrease police spending and budgets
- Vote yes to increase spending on Health care, education and community programs that keep us safe.
It also specifically targets immigration enforcement for defunding.
“Black communities are living in persistent fear of being killed by state authorities like police, immigration agents or even white vigilantes who are emboldened by state actors,” the petition reads. “Despite continued profiling, harassment, terror and killing of Black communities, local and federal decision-makers continue to invest in the police, which leaves Black people vulnerable and our communities no safer.”
The Movement 4 Black Lives is an umbrella group that includes Black Lives Matter and claims to want to fight racial injustice. The group’s website states that it is “anti-capitalist,” adding that “we believe and understand that Black people will never achieve liberation under the current global racialized capitalist system.”
This comes one month after Portman claimed that she was only afraid of the concept of defunding the police because of her “white privilege.”
“When I first heard #defundthepolice, I have to admit my first reaction was fear. My whole life, police have made me feel safe. But that’s exactly the center of my white privilege,” Portman wrote on Instagram. “The police make me as a white woman feel safe, while my black friends, family and neighbors feel the opposite: police make them feel terror.”