Community gun violence occurs in networks that are not large; e.g., in Oakland 60 percent of murders occur within a social network of approximately 1,000 to 2,000 individuals—about 0.3 percent of the city’s population. Peaceful counter-narratives on social media help.

More non-enforcement groups and organizations should engage online with those at risk for violence and provide peaceful counter-narratives to address aggressive posturing. September 9, 2021, https://counciloncj.org/meeting-bulletin-3-understanding-violent-crime/ At Third Meeting, Group Examines Concentrated Nature of Community Gun Violence, Calls for More Problem Analysis, Discusses Social Media Impact At its third meeting, the Violent Crime Working Group discussed the critical importance of …

There is no mandatory federal crash-reporting standard and the standard that NHTSA recommends is deeply flawed and much is left up to officer discretion. We can fix this!

A recent study conducted by advocates in Portland, Ore., for instance, compiled law-enforcement data alongside hospital records, media reports, roadway measurements, and even manual inspection of adjacent land uses on Google Maps. Similar efforts are underway in San Francisco. Some advocates say the MMUCC should include many of those factors its next edition (2022) — and the burden of collecting the data should …

The Car Crashes That Go Undetected

Safety advocates say that 30% of traffic collisions involving bikes or pedestrians in Washington, D.C., aren’t reported by police. Here’s how they’re trying to close that data gap. By Laura Bliss, CityLab, Bloomberg, July 15, 2021 Laura Bliss is a writer and editor for CityLab in San Francisco, focused on transportation and technology. She also writes MapLab, a biweekly newsletter about maps.@mslaurabliss A hallmark of …

Juneteenth Is about freedom, snuffed out by the reactionary forces of property and white supremacy. Not only were promises of land overturned, ‘simply acting free was grounds for white retaliation’

By Dale Kretz, Jacobin, 19 June 21 Today, as we celebrate Juneteenth, we should remember not only the struggle against chattel slavery but the struggle for radical freedom during Reconstruction — snuffed out by the reactionary forces of property and white supremacy. t’s a funny thing how folks always want to know about the War,” mused Felix Haywood about that …

Economic Exploitation – Rich Countries Keep The Poor In Poverty. Over half the world’s population are below a true poverty line, and therefore unable to meet their basic needs.

By Rod Driver, Global Research, May 31, 2021 | EDUCATE! “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings” (former South African President, Nelson Mandela)  The world’s population was about 7.8 billion people in 2020. About 2.2 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water, and over 4 …

Community task force report calls for the prohibition of the “use of riot gear, weapons and militarized approaches or responses during peaceful protests or demonstrations” along with over 100 other recommendations

Westword, 5/25/21 On May 21, a community-led task force established in the wake of the Denver Police Department‘s heavy-handed response to the George Floyd protests issued a series of recommendations that could transform the City of Denver’s approach to public safety. “Our goal is to create a community-based public-safety model that protects and heals the community from centuries of violence and …

Resisting the Everyday Violence of Colonial Extractivsm

By Michael Wilson Becerril, ROAR Magazine.May 25, 2021 | STRATEGIZE! In The Face Of Environmental Collapse, Deepening Inequalities And Capitalism In Crisis, Resisting Violence Requires Challenging Its Colonial Constructions. In many cases, the state legitimizes violence,” said the lawyer, professor and researcher on socio-environmental conflicts, Patricia Urteaga Crovetto, as we sat in her university office in Lima, Peru. “People make claims, they knock …

Militias Post a Serious Threat – Why it is so hard to stop them

When the media or government officials talk about militias, they’re talking about private armed paramilitary organizations that operate without government authority (so, not the U.S. National Guard). “Structure” refers to a clearly defined hierarchy within the group, often including military ranks and a chain of command. the Supreme Court’s 2008 landmark ruling that upheld an individual’s right to bear arms, the justices notably …

CCJ Task Force on Policing: priorities for actionable change in policing

The Task Force on Policing assessed over two dozen policies and developed 16 assessment briefs, ranging from de-escalation and procedural justice training to duty-to-intervene policies and internal police functions. After reviewing the best available research and considering their own professional and lived experience, the Task Force determined five priorities for actionable change in policing: Develop National Training Standards: American police …

Cities Spend Millions On Police Misconduct Every Year. Here’s Why It’s So Difficult to Hold Departments Accountable.

By Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, Laura Bronner and Damini Sharma, Five Thirty-Eight. Filed under Police Violence. Get the data on GitHub, Published Feb. 22, 2021 This article was published in partnership with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system. In the spring of 2016, the city of Cleveland agreed to pay $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was …