Plans to spend nearly $150 million on a new police station in North Seattle signaled to the people that political leaders were more concerned with punishing residents than helping them. At a city hall meeting, residents of the city made it abundantly clear that this money should be used for social services like education and affordable housing rather than to bulk up police force.  Their protests succeeded in halting the plan, and now discussions have opened about redirecting the funding. See here how these Seattle activists made it happen, and it’s inspiring other activist groups around the country.