Cities Sending Mental Health Experts, Not Cops, And It Works

By Matt Agorist, Free Thought Project. -

As TFTP reported last week, Christian Joseph Hall, 19, was in the midst of a mental health crisis. He positioned himself on top of an overpass on I-80 leading to police closing off the road and [...]

Policing And Punishment In Minneapolis’ ‘SafeZone’

By Marjaan Sirdar, Unicorn Riot. -

The criminal “justice” apparatus faces increasing criticism for emphasizing punishment, violent abuse and incarceration of criminals rather than rehabilitation. However, few observers recognize [...]

Austin Will Use Money Cut From Police Budget For Supportive Housing

By Meg O'Connor, The Appeal. -

Texas - The Austin City Council voted today to purchase one hotel and turn it into 60 units of permanent supportive housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness. The vote to purchase a [...]

Defund The Police Is Not Abolition

By Greg Felton, Black Agenda Report. -

The demand to defund the police has become a central narrative responding  to the graphic killing of Black people. Black organizers must now discuss if this strategy can move us closer to [...]

New Toolkit To Defund The Police

By Andrea J. Ritchie, Truthout. -

Over the past eight months since George Floyd was choked to death by the Minneapolis Police Department, demands to defund the police emanating from Minneapolis spread like wildfire, echoing in [...]

Capitol Police Show Why We Need To Defund The Police

By D. A. Bullock, In These Times. -

On January 6, we witnessed the vast double standard for how Black Lives Matter protest is treated versus how white-supremacy-as-mob is treated. This wasn’t just a matter of police refraining from [...]

What 2,392 Incarcerated People Think About #DefundThePolice

By Nicole Lewis, Anna Flagg and Aviva Shen, The Marshall Project. -

How do we fix policing in America? Can it be fixed? Donald Trump has made “law and order” a central message of his campaign, portraying anti–police brutality protesters as dangerous. Joe Biden [...]

Minneapolis City Council’s Attempt To Defund Police Thwarted

By Scott Shaffer, The Appeal. -

Last month, the New York Times ran an article by Astead Herndon about politics and police in Minneapolis. By ignoring important context and details, Herndon painted a misleading picture of what [...]

At Washington Post, Defunding Police Is A Step Too Radical

By Oivia Riggio, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. -

Since the May 25 murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police, calls across the US  to defund police departments—shifting resources from law enforcement to social services—have grown louder. [...]

Shrinking The Footprint Of Police: Six Ideas For Enhancing Safety

By Center for Court Innovation. -

Spurred by the brutal and senseless murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans, people are demanding that we redirect money away from police budgets into sustainable [...]

Defund The Police Movement Can Learn From Corrupt Gun Trace Task Force

By Jaisal Noor, Waging Nonviolence. -

“I Got A Monster” is a page turner that’s as hard to put down as it is disturbing. What’s more, it could not be more relevant to our times. Through extensive reporting, authors Baynard Woods and [...]

Minneapolis Reneging On George Floyd Promises

By Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report. -

At the height of the Minneapolis rebellion, a majority of the city council announced they would move towards “disbanding” their police force, in response to Black Lives Matter “abolition” [...]

‘We Are On The Cusp Of Something Great’

Since the nation erupted after the May 25 police killing of George Floyd, Black organizers and community members have been working around the clock to channel mass protests into tangible [...]

What Can Safety Without Police Look Like?

By April M. Short, Local Peace Economy -

This is a moment of contention and restructuring in America. Mass public outcry is exposing the long-buried, problematic foundations of a nation built on human trafficking, commodification and [...]

More Federal Officers Deploying To Portland

By Conrad Wilson and Jonathan Levinson, OPB. -

Several dozen additional out-of-town federal law enforcement officers are deploying to Portland as they look to make additional arrests in the coming days, while also shifting tactics from the [...]

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