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“Police brutality is endemic to American history.” “Policing in the United States is a force of racist violence that is entangled at the core of the capitalist system.”
“Even the best training in the world cannot teach police, who are licensed to kill and deployed to enforce a racist system, not to be racist.”
“Aggressive policing is the bulwark of a segregated America.”
Taibbi: After Ferguson, it was the same thing. Editorials insisted that the solution to the brutality problem lay in “less criminality within the black community.” The officer who shot Michael Brown, Darren Wilson – the same guy who called Brown a “demon” – insisted that Brown would still be alive “if he’d just followed orders.”
Kolhatkar: Such police responses to the burgeoning anti-brutality movement are part of a concerted campaign to maintain support for the status quo. That status quo has been in place since the end of slavery: Poor communities, especially communities of color, are expected to submit to the authority of the police state.
Giroux: Already imperiled before the aftershocks of the terrorists’ attacks, democracy became even more fragile in the aftermath of 9/11. Almost fourteen years later, the historical rupture produced by the events of 9/11 has transformed a terrorist attack into a war on terror that mimics the very crimes it pledged to eliminate.
Kate Abbey-Lambertz: These 15 Black Women Were Killed During Police Encounters. Their Lives Matter, Too
From the article: “We wanted to make sure [Anderson’s death] didn’t get swept under the rug,” Rachelle Smith told The Huffington Post. She and others protested at Cleveland’s Justice Center this week over the lack of information in Anderson’s case. “We hear a lot about Tamir Rice and Eric Garner … There’s no hierarchy in these tragedies, but she was unarmed, and the police were called to help her — there’s this intersectionality of oppression there, and innocence.”
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Martin Luther King Jr.‘s legacy isn’t like a stone statue with fixed significance and predictable contours—it takes on different meanings depending on the American cultural climate at a given moment. truthdig.com January 19, 2015 Twitter/#ReclaimMLK This year’s observations of Martin Luther King Day around the country carried the charge of galvanizing events in the latter […]
Daily Kos: Undercover officers infiltrate #BlackLivesMatter protest movement in Minnesota; charge leaders
The Minnesota ACLU, responding to these charges and to demands that the protestors pay for the police who were called to the scene, released the following statement.
“There is finally growing concern and dialogue regarding the failure of our criminal justice system to hold police officers accountable for acts of excessive force and other misconduct,” the statement says. “These problems are happening in our backyard and should not be ignored.”
(We) have … been programmed into cruelty and apathy by (our) schools, churches, families, politics, and pop culture(.) Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society. Torture Is Who We Are David Masciotra, AlterNet / Salon Monday, Dec 29, 2014 | It seems police can get away with […]
The world needs to know not only that America’s promise of justice for all is a lie but that it is expressed against the rest of the world, too. The anti-globalization group came into being in response to the United States and NATO attacks on the Russian government and interference in the domestic crisis in […]
A great collision is coming, driven by a question that has been asked repeatedly for nearly four centuries. It was asked by 19 Africans, enslaved in the English colony of Jamestown in 1619, and is being asked again by the protesters across the nation. Can Black life be valued in America?
Community demands end to police brutality and racial inequities affecting Black and brown Minnesotans Police Meet Peaceful Protesters in Full Riot Gear Protesters fill the rotunda of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota Saturday, December 20. (Photo courtesy of Black Lives Matter – Minneapolis) By Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, http://www.facebook.com December 21st, 2014 Minneapolis, MN […]
“There are so many people out protesting police violence who are then met with police violence,” Nelson said. “If they didn’t understand how a Mike Brown or an Eric Garner could happen, they understand after a night of protest how a police interaction can become very violent and even deadly.” Dani McClain TheNation.com December 16, […]
Fania Davis: This Country Needs a Truth and Reconciliation Process on Violence Against African Americans—Right Now
The decision not to indict Eric Garner’s killer is just the latest story in a long history of violence against black men. What response can disrupt patterns set by centuries of racism? By Fania Davis Yes! Magazine December 3, 2014 Fania Davis. YES! photo by Lane Hartwell. I am among the millions who have experienced […]
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Corporations have captured every major institution, including the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government, and deformed them to exclusively serve the demands of the market. By Chris Hedges truthdig.com December 7, 2014 Protesters conduct a “die-in” Dec. 6 at Grand Central Station in New York City as police watch. The demonstration opposed a […]
The question of violent versus nonviolent protest has bedeviled movements for decades. By Steven Rosenfeld AlterNet December 10, 2014 Editor’s Introduction: From the article: “The pattern that emerges from these pages shows that heavily funded municipal, county, state and federal ‘counter-terrorism’ agencies (often acting in concert through state/regional ‘fusion centers’) view citizens engaged in […]
MintPress explores the two vastly different prosecutory worlds available to those with money, power and influence, and those without it, finding discrepancies between how the U.S. justice system handles corporate and street crimes. By Sean Nevins MintPressNews.com December 10, 2014 Wall Street protesters denouncing the taxpayer bailout of “too-big-to-fail” banks. (Photo: A. Golden/ Creative […]