Minneapolis Is About To Vote On Whether To Dismantle The Police

By Logan Carroll, In These Times. -

It was a cool Friday in Minneapolis, made cooler by the shadows of the skyscrapers towering over People’s Plaza. In the brick-lined courtyard between the Hennepin County Government Center and [...]

Defund The Police Groups, Atlanta Officials Are Still Miles Apart

By Anjali Huynh, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. -

City Council meetings were dominated by residents’ and civil rights activists’ calls for police accountability. A year later, these activists say their relationships with City Council remain [...]

Policing And Militarism Go Hand In Hand

By Destiny Harris, Truthout. -

Policing and militarism are a two-headed monster that protects and upholds the foundation upon which racial capitalism was built — exploitation of the lives of poor Black and Brown [...]

The Truth About Defunding Police

By Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report. -

One year ago, thousands of people engaged in protest in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer. A persistent protest demand was for defunding police [...]

Battleground Baltimore: The Path To Police Accountability

By Lisa Snowden-McCray, The Real News. -

Baltimore, MD - The battle to keep Black, brown, and other marginalized people safe from police violence is like a fire that has burned for as long as this country has existed. Hot spots flare up [...]

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 [...]

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