A Moral Policy Agenda to Heal and Transform America: The Poor People’s Jubilee Platform (Aug 2020)

July 2020 We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution No State shall make or …

The Invention of the Police: Why did American policing get so big, so fast? The answer, mainly, is slavery.

July 20, 2020 Issue, by Jill Lepore July 13, 2020 The Chinatown Squad, a notoriously harsh police unit in San Francisco, in 1905.Photograph courtesy Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley To police is to maintain law and order, but the word derives from polis—the Greek for “city,” or “polity”—by way of politia, the Latin for “citizenship,” and it entered English from the Middle …

Leaked documents show police knew far-right extremists have been the real threat

Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept, July 15 2020 AS PROTESTS AGAINST police violence spread to every state in the U.S. and dramatic images flooded in from cities across the country, President Donald Trump and his attorney general spun an ominous story of opportunistic leftists exploiting a national trauma to sow chaos and disorder. They were the anti-fascists known as “antifa,” and according …

Dis-arming traffic enforcement

Berkeley To Become the First US City To De-Cop Traffic Enforcement: But advocates say it’s important we remain vigilant about what replaces it. StreetsBlog, by Kea Wilson, Jul 16, 2020 The California city of Berkeley will become the first in the United States to take police officers out of traffic enforcement and replace them with unarmed employees of a newly formed …

The Man Whose Surveillance Camera Sparked a National Uprising

Rashad West went from hardworking teen to college athlete to restaurant owner by the age of 26. Then he single-handedly proved that George Floyd was not resisting arrest. Bonsu ThompsonFollowJun 28 · 9 min read For Minneapolis restaurateur Rashad West, 2019 was the absolute best. Business at Dragon Wok, his Southside Minneapolis Asian eatery, was booming. After four years, West’s takeout joint was …

1 in 11 U.S. Gun Deaths Is at the Hands of Police. To stop the killing: Get at what the police really believe

Vox.com July 7, 2020: there’s been a 90 percent drop in ambush killings of officers since 1970. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, about 13 per 100,000 police officers died on the job in 2017. Compare that to farmers (24 deaths per 100,000), truck drivers (26.9 per 100,000), and trash collectors (34.9 per 100,000). But police academies and field training officers hammer …

3 Things Protesters Are Pushing That Could Actually Move the U.S. Away From Racist Policing and Bring Sustained Long-term Improvements? Deal with crime as a public health issue.

FACES ON THE FRONTLINES RESEARCH & COMMENTARY – JUNE 29, 2020, This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute. By April M. Short Protesters against police brutality and racism have gathered to demand systemic change since the end of May, holding events in all 50 U.S. states and around the world. Impelled by the police murder of George …

How defunding Baltimore’s police department could help transit

TRANSITBy Martin Csongradi in Greater, Greater Washington June 17, 2020 3 https://ggwash.org/view/78098/how-could-defunding-the-bpd-could-help-transit In cities across the country, a call to defund the police and repurpose funds back into programs that help Black communities is growing louder by the day. And, Baltimore is no different. The City Council voted Monday to slash about $22 million from the Baltimore Police Department’s $550 million budget. But where will that …

Tear gas outlawed in Denver and Seattle. Amnesty International reports how tear gas, currently banned in warfare, has been misused by police across the country

June 27, By Esteban L. Hernandez, Denverite, ACLU – Lawsuit Claims The Use Of Force Violated Protester’s First Amendment Rights. Denver – The ACLU of Colorado has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Black Lives Matter 5280 and other protesters against the City and County of Denver over police use of force during the protests against racism and police violence …

Limit police union contracts to only wage and benefit issues, not protection of police violence

By Benjamin Sachs, On Labor.June 6, 2020 | CREATE! Collective action is the source of working people’s power. It is the source of the labor movement’s power. It is the source of power that has enabled workers to secure – through unionization and collective bargaining – fairness and dignity at work, living wages, protection against discrimination and harassment, and safe and healthy working …