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 [...]

Police Budgets Are Ballooning As Social Programs Crumble

By Indigo Olivier, In These Times. -

Faced with mass teacher layoffs, deep cuts to education and social services, and a looming eviction crisis, police budgets across the nation remain absurdly high and have been largely insulated [...]

Ten Reasons Why Defunding Police Should Lead To Defunding War

By Medea Benjamin and Zoltán Grossman, CODEPINK. -

Since George Floyd was murdered, we have seen an increasing convergence of the “war at home” against Black and brown people with the “wars abroad” that the U.S. has waged against people in other [...]

On Contact: Police Reform

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to writer, academic and activist Philip McHarris about the latest calls for police reform in the US. McHarris says the entire system of policing has to [...]

Amid Calls To Defund Police, Detroit Leaders Weigh In On Alternatives

By DeJanay Booth, Model D Media. -

In the wake of Floyd’s death, protests have mobilized in several states, and locally in Detroit, where protesters have marched regularly since late May. While most protests have mostly been [...]

The Police Defunding Con Game

By Margaret Kimberly, Black Agenda Report. -

Cutting police budgets without establishing public control over their behavior doesn’t solve the problem, and invites politicians to shuffle budget numbers around like a three-card monte swindle. [...]

Police Attack Occupy City Hall As Budget Vote Nears

New York City - Early this morning, New York Police officers swarmed the hundreds of people who have been peacefully occupying the park in front of City Hall for the past week and calling for a [...]

Chicago’s Neighborhoods Will Remain “Occupied” Until The City Defunds CPD

By Bobby Vanecko, Southside Weekly. -

The book Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power, published last year, details the history of the Chicago Police Department’s quasi-military occupation of the [...]

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