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 …

What white grievance are Dems supposed to address? Our problems have been generated by feeding inequality for decades and centuries.

Yes Magazine, Jan 2021. See The Spirit Level. Pickett & Wilkinson. During Obama’s presidency and the lead-up to Trump white Americans gained about 4 million jobs and more than $5,000 in real (inflation-adjusted) median family income from 2010 to 2017—much more than Black, Latinx, and Native Americans gained. Economic improvement was especially strong in the upper Midwest, which is 80% White. …

Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women And Girls (MMIWG) Recommendations

Legislative Recommendations Introduce legislation (A.R.S. § 41-2404) to require that at least one member of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) be a representative from an Arizona land-based Indian Tribe. Establish an Arizona Missing Persons Assistance Fund. Partner with Congressional delegation to reauthorize and amend the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to fully restore Tribal inherent criminal and civil jurisdiction, …