In this article in The Trace, PI's Lisa Fujie Parks is quoted about how Multnomah County, Oregon plans to increase spending on gun violence prevention by millions of dollars in FY 2022. PI helped the county with its recent violence prevention efforts.
" "Things were looking pretty dire for the county’s budget until the American Rescue Plan money came into the conversation. It was a surprise, because we’re used to being told there’s no money for anything. I think there’s an awareness that things have gotten worse and could continue to get worse if we don’t do something. And that something isn’t more policing.” The Black Lives Matter movement has also played a part, she noted, as it has brought “an emerging awakening and awareness that there’s an over-reliance on policing as an approach to dealing with violence.” "