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    Reuters January 26, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden is poised to issue executive actions as soon as Tuesday scaling back the use of private prisons and placing new limits on the transfer of military equipment to local law enforcement, according to a person familiar with the matter and a planning document. The executive actions are part of a broader push by the new administration to roll back controversial policies by Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump, promote criminal justice reform and address racial inequity across the United States. Representatives of the White House and the Justice Department did not respond to requests for comment. Some of the Biden administration’s actions will reinstate policies at the Justice Department that were in effect during the administration of former President Barack Obama, according to the planning document circulated to congressional Democrats by the White House. Following the fatal police shooting of a black...
    Five people were charged following New Year’s Eve riots in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that included anti-police messages spray-painted on government property, numerous sources reported. Police say rioters shot fireworks at motorists and spray painted “Abolish Prisons” and “Kill Cops” on Minneapolis buildings including the Federal Reserve Bank and the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center, according to Fox 9. Five charged with felony riot during New Year’s Eve protest | https://t.co/iQX4QTOCrI https://t.co/Q4vMKKnbYp — the Prosecution Project (@ProsecutionThe) January 5, 2021 Jordan Abhold, 26, and Nelson Mendez, 31, were charged with felony riot. Thomas Moseley, 29, Marc Holley, 32, and Laura Galaviz, 29, were also charged with rioting. Police say they recovered knives, mace, fireworks, gas masks and other weapons during the arrests. Abhold was allegedly carrying a loaded .38 special revolver, for which he had a permit, and two speed loaders with ammunition. Moseley had a knife, according to police. Five...
    BLACK Lives Matter is calling on President-elect Joe Biden and Democrats to back a bill that could lead to prisons being abolished. Patrisse Cullors, the co-founder and executive director of Black Lives Matter, pushed for a "modern-day civil rights legislation" on Thursday in an op-ed for Teen Vogue. 5Joe Biden has not yet responded to the BLM activists open letterCredit: Reuters 5BLM was started in 2013 by three black activists: Alicia Garza, Patrice Cullors, and Opal TometiCredit: Bing Guan 5Patrisse Cullors is one of the co-founders of Black Lives MatterCredit: AP:Associated Press The 36-year-old activist also requested to have a meeting with Biden in an open letter. However, she has yet to hear back from the 78-year-old president-elect after sending the letter earlier this month. The proposed bill - titled The BREATHE Act - is described by Cullors as a "legislative love letter to Black people" in the op-ed. She...
    Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick calls for abolishing policing and prisons, which he deems “unjust systems,” in a new series of essays to be published over the next four weeks. The series, “Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future Without Policing & Prisons,” is a 30 part collaboration between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a higher learning Medium publication geared towards minority men, Kaepernick wrote. Kaepernick wrote the first essay, “The Demand for Abolition,” which was published on Sept. 6. The series will include stories from political prisoners, movement leaders, grassroots organizers, and “those affected by anti-Black state violence and terrorism,” Kaepernick wrote. “Each week will bring a collection centered around a different theme: police and policing, prisons and carcerality, fuck reform, and abolition now.” Thread/ ABOLITION FOR THE PEOPLE: The Movement For a Future Without Policing & Prisons The collection of 30 essays will be posted...
    By Lauren M. Johnson | CNN Colin Kaepernick is calling for abolishing the police and prison institutions as part of a new series of essays. The series titled “Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future Without Policing & Prisons” is a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and the Medium publication Level that builds on a rich tradition of Black organizing and freedom-fighting, according to the website. “Over the next four weeks, we will publish 30 essays from political prisoners, grassroots organizers, movement leaders, scholars, and family members of those affected by anti-Black state violence and terrorism,” Kaepernick wrote in the debut essay titled “The Demand for Abolition” that was published on Tuesday. The essays will focus on several themes, including police and policing, prisons and carcerality, and abolition of police instead of reform. The former NFL quarterback explained what each of the categories means and what...
    Colin Kaepernick wants to abolish police and prisons in a new essay published on Medium this week. In the piece, the free agent NFL quarterback looks back at the 2016 decision to kneel during the national anthem at the time, in protest of racial injustice and police brutality. As part of his new publishing series, "Abolition For The People" on the online platform, Kaepernick said Tuesday that the problem with policing in the U.S. is not "bad apples," but "interlocking systems that are rotten to their core." The activist proposed it needs a complete overhaul. "Despite the steady cascade of anti-Black violence across this country, I am hopeful we can build a future that imagines justice differently," he said. "A future without the terror of policing and prisons. A future that prioritizes harm reduction, redemption, and public well-being in order to create a more just and humane world." Get Breaking News...
    Colin Kaepernick wrote in an essay Tuesday he revisited his own statements in 2016 when he explained why he knelt for the national anthem and what change he wanted to see in policing. Under the subheading title “F—k Reform," he wrote that his thinking “was fastened to a reformist framework.” He admitted that he “missed the larger picture.” NFL WEEK 5 PREVIEW: CORONAVIRUS STILL HAUNTING TEAMS AS SEASON CHURNS ON “The focus on individual punishment will never alter the outcome of a system rooted in Black death. I wanted change. I wanted it to stop. I wanted to reform what I saw. Yet, the reforms often proposed — use-of-force policies, body cameras, more training, and police accountability — were the same recycled police reforms consistently proposed in the past. And in both the past and the present, these reforms have done nothing to stop the actions that force us to #SayTheirNames,”...
            by Debra Heine  The Democratic National Convention on Tuesday featured a panelist who identifies as a “nonbinary/gender transcendent mermaid Queen-King” and who called for the abolition of the police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and prisons. According to the panelist’s Wake Forest University bio, J Mai is a “Black-Vietnamese, transgender nonbinary/gender transcendent mermaid Queen-King,” who recently became a “licensed minister in the Progressive National Baptist Church.” J. Mai made the extreme comments during a DNC LGBTQ caucus meeting. “Why can’t folks imagine a world without the cops? Why can’t folks imagine a world without prisons? Why can’t people expand their imaginations to include community care, to include an abolitionist future?” the self-avowed “mermaid Queen-King” said. J Mai stressed that she was talking about real abolition, not a watered-down version. “We’re talking about abolishing the police, we’re talking about abolishing ICE, we’re talking about abolishing prisons,” J...
    Portland police declared a riot again Wednesday night as rioters burned a severed pig’s head, an American flag and a Trump flag, and threatened and injured officers with a wide range of weapons – including rocks, bottles, fireworks and cans of paint. Antifa in downtown Portland are burning another pig head wearing a cop hat outside the Justice Center. They also burn a Trump flag. Video by @TheHannahRay #PortlandRiots #antifa pic.twitter.com/g5mRQKyStN — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 13, 2020 Local television station KGW reported that a riot was called shortly before midnight: Protesters gathered Wednesday night at Chapman Square near the Justice Center as demonstrations continued in Portland for an 11th straight week since the killing of George Floyd. A post on social media said the group is calling for the total abolition of the prison system and the police. According to independent journalist Garrison Davis, the crowd size in downtown...
    William D. Hartung July 12, 2020 1:47AM (UTC) This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. Think of it as a war system that's been coming home for years. The murder of George Floyd has finally shone a spotlight on the need to defund local police departments and find alternatives that provide more genuine safety and security. The same sort of spotlight needs soon to be shone on the American military machine and the wildly well-funded damage it's been doing for almost 19 years across the Greater Middle East and Africa. Distorted funding priorities aren't the only driving force behind police violence against communities of color, but shifting such resources away from policing and to areas like jobs, education, housing, and restorative justice could be an important part of the solution. And any effort to boost spending on social programs should include massive cuts to the Pentagon's bloated budget. In short,...
    Think of it as a war system that’s been coming home for years. The murder of George Floyd has finally shone a spotlight on the need to defund local police departments and find alternatives that provide more genuine safety and security. The same sort of spotlight needs soon to be shone on the American military machine and the wildly well-funded damage it’s been doing for almost 19 years across the Greater Middle East and Africa. Distorted funding priorities aren’t the only driving force behind police violence against communities of color, but shifting such resources away from policing and to areas like jobs, education, housing, and restorative justice could be an important part of the solution. And any effort to boost spending on social programs should include massive cuts to the Pentagon’s bloated budget. In short, it’s time to defund our wars, both at home and abroad. The High Cost of...
    Radicalism in America's largest cities seems impervious to reason. Consider this headline in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Despite a wave of violence, Minneapolis 'defund police' effort continues: An influential bloc of City Council members is pressing ahead with plans to dismantle the department as a monthlong eruption of gunfire sent tremors through neighborhoods." Reporter Liz Navratil explained that a majority of the Minneapolis City Council and like-minded community activists have used terms such as "defund," "dismantle" and "abolish" in different ways. NEWT GINGRICH: HOW DO YOU DISCUSS PROTESTS AGAINST POLICE AND RACISM WITH YOUR CHILDREN? There's some semantic tap-dancing. But they're serious. They're working to rewrite the city charter and dismantle a "minimum size requirement" for the police department. They talk about a police-free future.More from Opinion Gardiner & Loconte: Defend US statues and monuments – here's what the mobs really want to destroy Doug Schoen: Democratic divide between progressives...
    Radicalism in America’s largest cities seems impervious to reason. Consider this headline in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “Despite a wave of violence, Minneapolis ‘defund police’ effort continues: An influential bloc of City Council members is pressing ahead with plans to dismantle the department as a monthlong eruption of gunfire sent tremors through neighborhoods.” Reporter Liz Navratil explained that a majority of the Minneapolis City Council and like-minded community activists have used terms such as “defund,” “dismantle” and “abolish” in different ways. There’s some semantic tap-dancing. But they’re serious. They’re working to rewrite the city charter and dismantle a “minimum size requirement” for the police department. They talk about a police-free future. A protester named Maisah Outlaw insisted: “This isn’t the first time an institution that is rooted in racism has been abolished. It’s not impossible.” She claimed, “We don’t need to scare people and beat people into submission.” Who’s going...
    Since the Black Lives Matter protests erupted across the nation, singer John Legend has been a leading voice in calls to defund the police. Now, he says that paying cops and building prisons are “destructive for our society.” Speaking with Los Angeles Times, Legend said that more money should be spent on the “front end,” which would, in turn, generate more success in poorer communities, which would, in turn, create less need for policing. “If we spend the money on the front end, so that folks have a chance to succeed, then we don’t have to spend it on the back end, paying a bunch of cops and building a bunch of prisons and all these other things that are really expensive and destructive for our society,” he said. Legend even accused the police of lying about incidents of wrongdoing, noting that cameras and modern technology have made police brutality more...
    Grammy Award-winning pop star John Legend is doubling down on his calls to defund the police, saying that paying cops and building prisons are “destructive for our society.” Legend is one of Hollywood’s most vocal supporters of the Defund the Police movement, which is demanding that police departments around the country be stripped of taxpayer dollars in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. John Legend said that paying police officer’s salaries is “expensive” and “destructive.” “If we spend the money on the front end, so that folks have a chance to succeed, then we don’t have to spend it on the back end, paying a bunch of cops and building a bunch of prisons and all these other things that are really expensive and destructive for our society,” he told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Monday. The “All of Me” singer also said that the...
    The New York Times has published an op-ed from a far-left activist that was a fellow at George Soros’ Open Society Foundation and who is an apparent terrorist supporter, which comes just a week after the newspaper said that it should not have published an op-ed from Republican Senator Tom Cotton (AK) that espoused a political view that the majority of Americans support. The op-ed was written by Mariame Kaba, who, according to a website that is in her name and a blog that she purportedly runs, is an apparent supporter of Assata Shakur – who is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list. Fun fact: the lady who wrote this op-ed in The New York Times is both a terrorist supporter and a radical leftist. Good thing her name isn't Senator Tom Cotton! pic.twitter.com/RDIN01CXlB — Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) June 12, 2020 Highlights from the radical op-ed, which espouses...
    A group claiming to be behind the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone — a six-block area in Seattle where armed protesters have ousted police and seized control — have published a list of demands that amount to a strange mix of anarchy and socialism, with some having absolutely nothing to do with police reform. The CHAZ group's lengthy list of demands was published on Medium Tuesday and makes just one mention of George Floyd, whose May 25 death in Minneapolis spawned nationwide protests over police treatment of black Americans. Rather than seeking justice for Floyd's family, the demands seek a wish list of anarchistic and socialistic reforms including the abolishment of the city's police department and its "attached Criminal Justice Apparatus," the end to all use of armed force, widespread wealth redistribution, free college — and a bizarre requirement that hospitals employ "black doctors and...
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