911 Services That Dispatch Mental Health Counselors, Gain Traction

By Candice Bernd, Truthout. -

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Capt. Jason Castleberry grabbed his shoulder radio, responding to a dispatcher from his office at Austin EMS’s Station 5, “Chip 100, chip 1, [...]

Too Late To Reform, Time To Disband Philly Police

By Betsy Piette, Workers.org. -

Philadelphia - The Philadelphia Police Department, the fourth largest in the U.S., is one of the oldest municipal police agencies, founded in 1854. Its history has been marked by patterns of [...]

Juneteenth: Strike For Black Lives

By Strike For Black Lives. -

We are calling for disruptive actions aimed at shutting down the city: Strikes, sick-outs, blockades, occupations, and spontaneous marches. We’ve watched a wave of grieving and rebellion take [...]

Activists Paint ‘Defund Police’ In Front Of Baltimore City Hall

By Jaisal Noor, The Real News. -

Jaisal Noor: On June 12th, activists painted ‘defund police’ in front of Baltimore City Hall, head of a committee hearing on the Baltimore Police Departments proposed a $509 million [...]

To Deal With Police, We Must Understand Why They Even Exist

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Clearing the FOG. -

The recent protests across the country following the murder of George Floyd have elevated the demands to defund and abolish the police. This comes on the heels of the nationwide resurgence of a [...]

Power Over The Police

By Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, Dissent Magazine. -

The clashes between police and protesters in response to the recent police killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and others throughout the country expose the violence inherent to [...]

Minneapolis Organizers Are Building The Tools For Safety Without Police

By Jae Hyun Shum, Truthout. -

In 2018, members of the Minnesota grassroots groups Reclaim the Block and Black Visions Collective dropped a banner at Minneapolis City Hall. On it were two lists: on the left, three budget items [...]

Cops Out Of Our Unions And Hospitals

By Socialist Healthcare Workers, Left Voice. -

Over the last few weeks, thousands have spilled onto the streets, joining Black youth who rose up in response to the savage murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and [...]

Defund The Police, Then Abolish It

By Dave Braneck, ROAR Magazine. -

The United States’ powder keg of racial capitalism, searing inequality and violent policing, compounded by the state’s ruinously indifferent response to a global pandemic and a sputtering [...]

Violence Towards Protesters Shows Why Many Want To Abolish Police

By Kim Brown, The Real News. -

Welcome to the Real News. I’m Kim Brown. After several sustained days of protest in the wake of the police murder of George Floyd on May 25th, the epicenter of this latest uprising movement, [...]

Ten Action Ideas For Building A Police-Free Future

What makes a community healthy and safe? This document doesn’t have all the answers, but it acknowledges that for many of us, police are not part of the solution. Patterns of racism, sexism, [...]

We Need The NYPD Out Of Vision Zero

By Keegan Stephan, City Limits. -

Earlier this month, a drunk driver plowed onto a Williamsburg sidewalk at 3 a.m., seriously injuring three people and killing one. The scene painted by witnesses was reminiscent of a bloody war [...]

Minneapolis City Council President Wants To ‘Dismantle’ The Police

By Nick Visser, Huff Post. -

Lawmakers in Minneapolis are planning to vote on the first slate of changes to police forces following the death of George Floyd, with some local leaders saying they want to “dismantle” the [...]

Republicans & Democrats Unite To Increase Police Power, People Call For Abolition

By Ricardo Levins Morales, Rlmartstudio.wordpress.com -

Virtually unnoticed in the cacophony of the Trumpian news cycle, a bill to place more power in the hands of police slithered through the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan [...]

Call To Disband Baltimore Police Department In Wake Of Abuses

By Lawrence Brown, Baltimore Beat. -

After the DOJ report, the Baltimore Police Department did not fundamentally change. They continued to have a “War Room” and were found to have engaged in secret aerial surveillance, facial [...]

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