The US is a Racist Militia

by Margaret Kimberley, published on Black Agenda Report, September 2, 2020 U.S. cops are already racist and brutal, and any militia “infiltrators” would feel right at home. “Kyle Rittenhouse was acting like the police who shot and severely wounded Jacob Blake.” It is common to see news stories reporting that white supremacists or right wing groups have infiltrated police departments.[…]

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Lessons From The Rebellion: A Virginia Defender Analysis

Published in the Virginia Defender Newspaper, Summer 2020 Edition The protests that erupted after the public police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis have grown into the broadest and most sustained rebellion against racism in U.S. history. They have not been as violent as those during the Long Hot Summer of 1967, or the uprisings in more than 100 cities[…]

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Athletes Continue to Build Support for BLM

by Monica Moorehead, posted on Workers World, July 28, 2020 U.S. athletes continue to express their solidarity with Black Lives Matter protests around the country, as professional sports attempt to resume some kind of normalcy since totally shutting down in mid-March due to the COVID-19 crisis. For instance, the Women’s National Basketball Association voted to dedicate its entire season to[…]

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Popular Movements Can Overcome Authoritarian Policing

by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, published on Popular Resistance, July 26, 2020 Today is the 60th day of protests since the murder of George Floyd. This weekend, people marched in cities across the country in solidarity with Portland and in opposition to the US becoming a police state. President Trump sending troops to cities added fuel to the nationwide uprising against[…]

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10 Reasons Why Defunding the Police Should Lead to Defunding War

by Medea Benjamin & Zoltán Grossman, published on Consortium News, July 15, 2020 Since George Floyd was murdered, we have seen an increasing convergence of the “war at home” against black and brown people with the “wars abroad” that the U.S. has waged against people in other countries. Army and National Guard troops have been deployed in U.S. cities, as[…]

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Police Violence And Racism Have Always Been Tools Of Capitalism

by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, published on Popular Resistance, June 21, 2020 The system-wide challenges the United States faces with policing are entrenched and deeply rooted. When the historical and current practices of police are examined, it is evident police have been designed to uphold the status quo including racial injustice and class inequality. Whenever political movements develop to[…]

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Community Control of Police – and a Whole Lot More

by Glen Ford, published on Black Agenda Report, June 18, 2020 Abolition of the police begins with community control, in which community representatives not only hire, fire and oversee the cops, but decide the nature of the policing that is necessary and acceptable. “Movements are about amassing power to the people, not collecting promises from corporate flunkies.” The wave of[…]

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35 Years After the MOVE Bombing . . .

by Betsey Piette, published on Workers World, June 15, 2020 Philadelphia A protest against Philadelphia Police Terror on June 13 drew around 1,500 demonstrators to the Osage Avenue site where Philadelphia police dropped a military-grade bomb on the MOVE organization on May 13, 1985.  Eleven Black men, women and children were murdered after police and city officials ordered fire fighters[…]

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