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Abby Zimet: Columbus OH Police Mace Double Amputee, Take His Legs, Leave Him Writhing

In a new study that manages to be both shocking and grimly unsurprising, researchers found police in 20 U.S. cities fail to meet even the most basic international human rights standards governing lethal force.

June 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

Jake Johnson: New Amnesty Map Documents ‘Shocking Extent’ of US Police Violence Against Black Lives Matter Protesters

Police forces across the United States have committed widespread and egregious human rights violations in response to largely peaceful assemblies protesting systemic racism and police violence, including the killing of Black people.

June 24, 2020 · 2 Comments

Marc Jampole: The Recalcitrance of Police Unions

Police unions and minorities should be allies in the battle to reduce economic inequality.

June 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Lornet Turnbull: Cities Reimagine Public Safety Amid Calls to #DefundPolice

Lawmakers across the country are proposing policy measures to cut or loosen ties to traditional policing.

June 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Kimberly Jones | How Can We Win

Kimberly Jones clarifies the history of institutional racism in America and how it affects African-Americans today. Everyone needs to hear this.

June 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: In Praise of Rage

So here’s what this old white history teacher learned
from Kelvin and the Black kids in the ghetto school.

June 11, 2020 · 11 Comments

William J. Astore: Warrior Cops When the Wars Come Home

America’s forever wars in distant lands have now come home.

June 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Minneapolis

He died in Minneapolis on an ordinary day,
A day we’ll all remember.
We can’t turn away. It was a day
Like this one, a Monday, in Spring.

June 9, 2020 · 6 Comments

Noam Chomsky: Trump Has Adopted a “Viva Death!” Approach to the Presidency

In this interview, Chomsky provides insight on how we can best grapple with the current moment – and prepare for the sobering future.

June 8, 2020 · 6 Comments

Bill Moyers: We Hold This Truth to Be Self-Evident — It’s Happening Before Our Very Eyes

The man in the White House has taken all the necessary steps toward achieving the despot’s dream of dominance.

June 7, 2020 · 4 Comments

Lornet Turnbull: 7 Ways Protestors Showed Up for Black Lives

Amid the outpouring of outrage over George Floyd’s death are glimpses of solidarity and hope.

June 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: I Just Want To Live

America rages, reels, mourns. Brutal police violence – tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, batons – blazes across the country, in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Houston, Denver, Chicago, Detroit, New York, possibly inflamed by white nationalists seeking to accelerate the carnage.

June 2, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Liberal Redneck | Minnesota Burning

Justice for George Floyd. These cops are out of control, y’all.

June 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

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