Tag Archive: police

Everything You Would Call the Cops For, The Cops Have Done to Me

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By Teka Lark (June 15, 2020) CW: sexual assault I heard someone say, “We need the police, what if you get home invaded.” Chances of that happening are almost nonexistent for boring people who worry about being home invaded on Facebook. That’s a crime you have to plan out, it’s not a dash-and-grab kind of situation, and it typically involves…
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There is a New Possibility in the Air

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By Louis Colombo (June 9, 2020) What’s striking about Democratic proposals for police reform, aside from the awful optics provided by Pelosi and Schumer (best forgotten), is that proposals that would have seemed to most people pretty bold and forward looking a few weeks are already being met by charges that they don’t go far enough (they don’t). But the…
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Why “Demilitarizing Law Enforcement” Will Make the Country Safer

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By Mark Naison (June 9, 2020) If we want to have a society where life expectancy and infant mortality are not at the bottom of advanced nations, and where 50% of the wealth doesn’t accrue to the top 1 percent, we have to gradually shift public funds from prisons and policing to education, health care, and affordable housing. As we…
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Labor Must Be Part of the Movement to Defund the Police

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By Hyung Nam (June 9, 2020) As we work to Defund Police and rethink public safety, it’s important for labor be a part of this struggle. We need to avoid the jobs vs justice argument we’ve dealt with in climate and #Medicare4All campaigns (people who work in insurance and billing). There are bad individual cops but a bigger problem is the role they play…
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No Longer Defensive

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(Photo by Heather Mount, @heathermount) By S. (June 2, 2020) A number of thoughtful friends have reached out to ask me how I’m doing in the wake of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Christian Cooper and the riots that followed. Short answer: I’m optimistic. Longer answer: 20 years ago Amadou Diallo was murdered by the police and the conversations I…
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You Plan to Go Hand to Hand with Robocop?

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By Teka Lark (October 30, 2019) The current Bosstown Dynamics video circulating is a parody of the very real Boston Dynamics and you should still be concerned. The only thing fake about it is that the technology isn’t quite there yet, but it is only a decade off. According to Stars and Stripes (June of 2018), Boston Dynamics founder Marc…
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What Would Justice for Botham Jean Look Like?

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By Teka Lark (October 3, 2019) White America believes in vengeance. It believes in an eye for an eye. The Botham Jean case was so very hard to watch, because here is a Black man who was perfect, as perfectly good as a human can be–because if he hadn’t been, the defense would have found out his imperfections and smeared…
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What Could Happen if Trump Tries to Deport Children and Families

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By Mark Naison (June 22, 2019) Do not assume that Donald Trump’s planned deportation raids will produce the results he intends- unless his goal is the bring the nation to the edge of Civil War. In places where public sentiment is strongly against such policies, I.C.E. Agents may face such massive civil disobedience that they will need US military escorts…
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When the Klan was Tax Supported in Ohio

DAYTON, OHIO, UNITED STATES - 2019/05/23: Counter protesters seen holding placards as they face a Ku Klux Klan affiliated group at a rally in Dayton, Ohio. The six Klan members were surrounded by more than 600 counter protesters in city square. (Photo by Megan Jelinger/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

By Teka Lark (May 28, 2019) People say that in Dayton, Ohio that only 9 members of the Ku Klux Klan showed up and that it was a win for US, the community.  But that was no win. According to the Time Magazine article, “9 People Showed Up for a KKK Rally in Dayton, Ohio. They Were Drowned Out by…
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“I Hope You Get Out”: Low Key Police Abolition

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By James Rotten (October 12, 2018) I met S. at the Alamo Drafthouse to have lunch and see Monsters & Men, which centers around a murder by cop. When it ended, she left and I stayed to pay our bill. There was just one other person in the theater, sitting next to me, with one empty seat between us. I’ve…
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Portland Police Attacks on Protestors Part of a Historical Legacy of Violence

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(By Joseph Orosco, August 14, 2018) Alexander Reid Ross and Shane Burley have really important new article detailing the latest developments on the police violence that followed the Proud Boys/Patriot Prayer rally in Portland on August 4th.  Multiple sources immediately came out and indicated that the Portland Police Bureau deployed flash bang grenades and shot pepper ball rounds at antifa…
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