Haaland Introduces Bill to Address Slavery and Racism’s Impact on Laws and Policies

June 1, 2020-  Today, Congresswoman Deb Haaland co-led the introduction of a bill that will establish a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Commission to examine the effects of slavery and racism against people of color, on American history, and its impact on laws and policies we have today. The bill, led by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (Calif.-16) comes in the …

POWER OVER THE POLICE: ‘We should demand to be the funders of the police, to permanently and directly determine dollars. Instead of asking those who set police departments’ rules of engagement and goals to make them in a more community-minded fashion, we should demand to be the agenda setters…’

The core problem with policing and incarceration is the same problem that plagues our whole political system: elite capture. The laws, the regulations, the bailouts, and the wonks who write and evaluate all of the above are all powerfully influenced—if not functionally controlled—by elite political and corporate interests. We cannot put our faith in elected representatives and merely vote our way out of this problem: elections are more …

Fueled by protests, school districts across the country cut ties with police

By Moriah Balingit, Valerie Strauss and Kim Bellware June 12, 2020, Washington Post For years, civil rights activists have worked to remove police officers from the nation’s public schools, arguing that they pose a greater risk to students of color than the intruders they’re supposed to guard against. But in the wake of George Floyd’s death, a shift that seemed impossible only a few weeks …

How Endless War Contributes to Police Brutality

By Bonnie Kristian, Responsible Statecraft. June 7, 2020 | EDUCATE! The indefensible death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers and the indiscriminate police violence in subsequent protests have returned police misconduct to the center of our national conversation. It is not a conversation we may quickly or easily conclude. The problems in American policing are multitude and systemic, matters of both policy and culture. Much of this can only be corrected at the …

Overcoming the bedrock of domination, control, and the protection of white privilege inherent in police force in the US

The Focus on Looting Shows How Our Systems of Power Value Capital Over Human Lives Rather than indicting the racist police murder of George Floyd and other black Americans, our leaders are up in arms over protests and property destruction. That’s the twisted logic of U.S. capitalism. The principal stretches back to America’s anti-democratic founding. Popular control, James Madison famously wrote, …

‘These Unions Dishonor the Labor Movement’: Nearly 200 Academics, Lawmakers, and Activists Demand AFL-CIO Expel Police Unions

June 06, 2020 by Common Dreams, by Jake Johnson, staff writer “The AFL-CIO cannot stand for criminal justice reform, while at the same time allowing police unions to use your power to impede reform.” People face off with police near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct. People gathered at Chicago Ave. and East 38th Street during a rally in Minneapolis on …

Movement for Black Lives List of Policy Demands and Democracy and Justice in Action

By Rossanna Mercedes, Medium.June 5, 2020 | CREATE! I was so excited last year when, on August 1st, The Movement for Black Lives released a robust policy agenda titled A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom and Justice — and included a bold solution for more community control through participatory budgeting? Contained in the policy agenda are some things we want …

Police Unions Have Been Supporting Police Brutality

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/melissasegura/police-unions-history-minneapolis-reform-george-floyd Police unions have become increasingly rightwing as a backlash to the Obama administration and Black Lives Matter — and that’s bad news for the cities they police.Melissa SeguraBuzzFeed News Reporter Posted on June 1, 2020 More than a year before a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, pinned George Floyd to the ground in a knee chokehold, Mayor Jacob Frey banned …