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Abby Zimet | Killology Inc: America’s Police

The murders by cop go on – the latest, Lymond Moses, was asleep in his car – prompting furious calls for police reform from many weary of the carnage.

May 4, 2021 · 3 Comments

Abby Zimet: Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue

“Justice, justice shall you pursue.” – Deuteronomy 16:18-17:13, as Moses directs the Israelites to appoint officials who will govern justly.

April 22, 2021 · 5 Comments

Olivia Pace: Policing keeps us safe? It’s a myth. Here’s why.

When you peel back the facade, police and military perpetuate violence on a personal and professional level.

December 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Neta Crawford, et al.: Biden wins – what it means for race relations, US foreign policy and the Supreme Court

Three scholars discuss what a Biden presidency may have in store in three key areas: race, the Supreme Court and foreign policy.

November 9, 2020 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: In a Looking-Glass World, Our Work Is Just Beginning

For the last four years, Donald Trump has made war on the people of this country and indeed on the people of the entire world.

November 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: To Be Black in the US Is to Have a Knee Against Your Neck Each Day

What drives the current rift between white and Black America, and how as individuals can we effectively contribute to the fight against the worldmaking of whiteness?

July 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

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

Vera Eidelman: Will the US Supreme Court Protect the Right to Protest?

An officer sued DeRay Mckesson. The lawsuit, which should have been swiftly dismissed, now threatens the First Amendment rights of millions.

March 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: An Affront To Justice

Amidst our grim, slow slide into a police state where almost no one is safe comes a new report showing ICE arrests of undocumented immigrants at courthouses in New York state have … Continue reading

February 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

Jason Brennan: When the state is unjust, citizens may use justifiable violence

If you see police choking someone to death – such as Eric Garner, the 43-year-old black horticulturalist wrestled down on the streets of New York City in 2014 – you … Continue reading

December 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Adam Johnson: 6 Elements of Police Spin — An Object Lesson in Copspeak

. The linguistic gymnastics needed to report on police violence without calling up images of police violence is a thing of semantic wonder. Officers don’t shoot, they are merely “involved” … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Police gun down Mario Woods

Here is a video of the San Francisco police gunning down Mario Woods as he walks away from them. The incident happened on December 2, 2015. Police claim that Woods … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Turning American Communities Into War Zones, Death By Death

When It Comes to People of Color, the Police Make San Francisco “Baghdad by the Bay” In the photo, five of Beyoncé’s leather-clad, black-bereted dancers raise their fists in a … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Vanessa German: My People Know about the Tears

sometimes i hate you. sometimes i hate you and i feel it rising up in my throat spine lips acid a neon shaft of rage through a red needle an … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

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