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Rebecca Gordon: Becoming Stable Geniuses

Seeking New (and Very Old) Habits for a New Year A little over a year ago I wrote about the bloody nightmares rupturing my sleep and the night terrors gripping my little … Continue reading

January 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Paul Figueroa: Can Police Departments Reduce Implicit Bias?

“In too many communities around the country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement,” said President Obama in a recent speech at the Congressional Black Caucus … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Amnesty International Report on Use of Lethal Force by Police in the United States

Report from Amnesty International – June 2015 Hundreds of men and women are killed by police each and every year across the United States. No one knows exactly how many because … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Michael Gould-Wartofsky: The Wars Come Home

A Five-Step Guide to the Police Repression of Protest from Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond As Baltimore braced for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

Todd Miller and Gabriel M. Schivone: Gaza in Arizona

How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the U.S.-Mexican Border It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country’s border policing … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Warrior Cops

Warrior cops continue to destroy civil liberties and the lives of innocent people. I’ve been suffering a slight case of cognitive dissonance lately, a disorientation that stems from residing in … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daniel Burston: Racism, Policing and the Exuberance of Power

“Justice, justice shall you pursue . . .” Deuteronomy 16:18   “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke   Trayvon … Continue reading

December 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

Lauren McCauley: ‘The Alarm Bells are Ringing’ — From Athletes to Environmentalists, a Universal Call for Racial Justice Emerges

While the protests over deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown refuse to stand down, leading environmentalists, labor protesters and others show their solidarity saying: “These issues are not separate.” … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Jon Queally: At Home and Abroad, UN Report Details Abysmal US Record of Abuse

Torture, indefinite detention, excessive force, and systematic discrimination and mistreatment have become part of the nation’s modern legacy. An official report by the United Nations Committee Against Torture released Friday … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mel Packer: Manifesto on Violence

We are being inundated by media and government condemnation of the “violence” committed in Ferguson in response to the Grand Jury’s failure to indict Darren Wilson for murdering Michael Brown. … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

Video: Mel Packer in Pittsburgh

The legendary Mel Packer welcomes the Great Climate March to Pittsburgh, PA on October 14, 2014. This is a stirring call for solidarity among progressive groups.           … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Kara Dansky: How Many People Must Be Maimed or Killed Before We End the Militarization of Our Police Forces?

Father “Bou” Phonesavanh showers his son “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh with love after the young toddler braved a battle for his life, one month after police in Georgia dropped a “flash bang” … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Djelloul Marbrook: What Farmers Can Teach Cops  

As farmers once were, police are isolated from the communities they are supposed to serve. Farmers in upstate New York used to view Cornell’s agricultural extension services with suspicion. What … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Who Polices the Police?

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Surplus MRAPs: Coming soon to a police force near you? (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. George Thompson) S. and B. Lett Every day…

September 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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