What is a Freedom City?
Freedom Cities demand that our communities have the resources they need to thrive. It’s about making entire cities, towns, and communities safe for immigrants, Black people, Muslims, workers and all oppressed communities. We believe we all deserve to live with dignity and have the opportunity thrive without fear of physical or economic violence at the hands of the corporations, vigilantes or government.
Freedom Cities is a comprehensive framework that includes many of the demands that we’ve seen come out of our campaigns over the last decade including sanctuary, investments in humanity and our planet, safety beyond policing, real community control, worker rights, community defense, and divestment from militarization and other programs that oppress our people.
How did the Freedom Cities idea come to be?
The idea for Freedom Cities came from the leadership of people directly affected by policies that jail, displace, and economically marginalize Black and Brown communities.
Workers participating in a training by the New York Worker Center Federation created the idea in 2016.