Just recovery policies

Foundations for a Just Recovery Many of the policy solutions we advocate for a just recovery are cross-cutting by nature. They aim to shift mindsets, cultural norms, how people are treated, how our voices are heard, and how bedrock environmental laws are upheld, creating an overarching structure from which to fight for social, environmental, and economic justice. Honor those whose …

Corporations Paying Lawmakers to Outlaw Protest Is a Crime Against Democracy

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and industry efforts have passed such laws in 13 states. Basav Sen and Gabrielle Colchete studied these anti-protest laws in their report, “Muzzling Dissent: How Corporate Influence Over Politics Has Fueled Anti-Protest Laws.” December 05, 2020 by Basav Sen, OtherWords More communities are standing up to pipelines. The fossil fuel industry wants to make that a felony. We …

LA County launches new Dept of Youth Development, looks into transfer of youth supervision from the Probation Department to therapeutic alternatives in the community over the next five years

Dec 2020, excerpt from the LA Progressive – LA is transfering $75 million in Probation Department funds to launch a new county Department of Youth Development. It will also research what statewide legislative and penal code changes might be required to transfer youth supervision from the Probation Department to therapeutic alternatives in the community over the next five years. Co-authored …

How to identify visible and invisible surveillance at protests

By Matthew Guariglia, EFF. November 10, 2020 | STRATEGIZE! UPDATE Nov. 5, 2020.  Want a crash course in how to identify surveillance technologies at protests? Watch EFF’s new video presentation on How to Observe Police Surveillance at Protests. The 25-minute video, taught by Senior Investigative Researcher Dave Maass, explains how you can identify various police surveillance technologies, like body-worn cameras, drones, and automated license plate readers, which may …

Kentucky Police Training Slideshow Quoted Hitler and Advocates ‘Ruthless’ Violence

By Satchel Walton and Cooper Walton, Manual Red Eye.October 31, 2020 | EDUCATE! Advocates ‘Ruthless’ Violence. UPDATE, 4:15 PM: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear responded to this story with the following statement: “This is absolutely unacceptable. It is further unacceptable that I just learned about this through social media. We will collect all the facts and take immediate corrective action.” UPDATE, 5:15 PM: Morgan Hall, …

Racist gangs in police departments exert ‘undue influence’

Brennan Center, by Michael German, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Racism, White Supremacy, and Far-Right Militancy in Law Enforcement,” Facebook, Twitter, Share. SUMMARY: The government’s response to known connections of law enforcement officers to violent racist and militant groups has been strikingly insufficient. August 27, 2020 – full report further down. https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/hidden-plain-sight-racism-white-supremacy-and-far-right-militancy-law https://witnessla.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Marked-Draft-CJLP-Report-to-Stakeholders-re-Deputy-Gangs.pdf – 50 years of Deputy Gangs in LA County …

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 …