Articles about Police State
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Trump Says Go Back, We Say Fight Back
“I am not suggesting that white racism alone explains Trump’s victory. Nor am I dismissing the white working class’s very real economic grievances. It is not a matter of...
How Not to Protest Trump
Donald Trump’s many evils are manifest and obvious. But let’s stop pretending that some historical line has been crossed in U.S. political and social relations. There are many...
Tyranny at Standing Rock
“We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” — Benjamin Franklin, as quoted in The Works of Benjamin Franklin Divide and conquer. It’s...
My Japanese American Grandparents Were Interned During WWII and Here's Why It Could Happen Again
After the Japanese bombed Peal Harbor in December of 1942 President Roosevelt, an alleged “progressive” Democrat, issued Executive Order 9066, which forcibly removed around...
Why Standing Rock Matters
Right to Clean Water & The Fight Against Eminent Domain
We Stood on the Rock
A poem for those that fight with the Sioux, with water, at Standing Rock.
Abolish ALL Prisons, Private and Public
As momentum continues to grow against the colossal U.S. imprisonment system, the need for strategic targets is crucial, yet we are seeing an overbearing focus on private...
Black Americans Have Always Lived Under Police State Fascism
The word fascism has reappeared in the American popular lexicon thanks to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The word is used to keep progressive Democrats in a state of...
How a Traffic Offense Can Be a Ticket to Prison
How can a traffic offense get you a ticket to prison? The answer is, “Quite easily if you’re poor!” Let’s take a look at the system of court fines and then correct it, our...
A Note From Sweden on Use of Force
I received the following comment from a police officer in Sweden after my recent post “Using Force: A Reflection and Some Suggestions for Police.” I think these comments bear...
Precarious Lives: Memorializing Women of Color Who Died After Police Encounters
The editorial staff of Othering & Belonging: Expanding the Circle of Human Concern, a publication from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and I
Solitary Confinement Is 'No Touch' Torture, and It Must Be Abolished
I spent about nine months in an isolated cell behind a one-way mirror. It was cruel, degrading and inhumane
We Want a Political Revolution. First We Must Defeat Fascism.
If progressives fail to seize the populist moment, the authoritarian right will fill the void. The insurgent Bernie Sanders campaign was a big step forward in building the...
How Prison Labor Is the New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support It
If you buy products or services from any of the 50 companies listed below (and you likely do), you are supporting modern American slavery
We've Been Protesting for Decades. What's It Going to Take to End Police Brutality?
On #BlackLivesMatter, moral injury and activism
What You Can Do Right Now About Police Brutality
Once again we find ourselves confronting the murder of another black man at the hands of police. The video showing Michael Slager fire eight times at a fleeing Walter Scott is...
Why Black Lives Matter Won't Go Away: a Primer on Systemic Racism in America
Intellectually lazy. Willfully ignorant. Blinded by privilege. Drunk with prejudice. These are some of the words that come to mind when I think of the 30 percent of Americans...
Listen to the Baton Rouge Police Killer: Tavis Smiley
How many more disaffected black men have to self-radicalize before we take their claims seriously?
We Already Know How to Reduce Police Racism and Violence
Recent research has shown cities what works. For starters, hire more female police officers.
America's Police Culture Has a Masculinity Problem
Three police officers were killed and at least three wounded in a shooting early on Sunday, July 17 in Baton Rouge. Ten days earlier – on July 7 – a sniper gunned down five...
Black Deaths, Police Brutality, Caught on Video: No Justice, Only Sequels
In 1991, when video was released of Rodney King being beaten by Los Angeles police officers, Alton Sterling of Louisiana was 12 years old. Philando Castile of Minnesota was...
Former Police Chief: Put Down the Big Stick
I keep thinking since the horrific police assassinations in Dallas that we’ve been here before. It’s not that so many police officers have been summarily executed. It’s that a...
Policing Is a Dirty Job, but Nobody's Gotta Do It: 6 Ideas for a Cop-Free World
It's time to start imagining a society that isn't dominated by police
A Few Thoughts After the #Blacklivesmatter Vigil in Lawrence, KS Tonight
After tonight's ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ vigil, I don't have the words to speak to how powerful and moving this event was. It appeared there was about 400 people that got to hear...
Abolish the Police. Instead, Let's Have Full Social, Economic, and Political Equality.
When people ask me, “Who will protect us,” I want to say: Who protects you now?
After Last Week's Tragedies, What Can Be Said That Hasn't Been Said Before?
I have struggled to find words to express what I thought and felt as I watched the videos of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile being killed by the police. Last night, I...
Criminalizing the Hustle: Policing Poor People's Survival Strategies From Eric Garner to Alton Sterling
Garner sold loose cigarettes; Alton Sterling hawked CDs — and they both died at the hands of police
15 Things Your City Can Do Right Now to End Police Brutality
Martin Luther King Jr. said it best in 1966: "[The] law cannot make a man love me, but it can restrain him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important also." Two...
Police Terrorism Has Created a Climate so Dangerous the Police Are Being Counted Among Its Victims
This may be hard to hear but the truth isn't aided by mincing words.
What About the Cops? Let's Ban Assault Weapons for Police, Too
A few years ago, I contacted my local police department asking them to send an officer over to put down a doe that had been hit by a car on the street in front of my house. She...
The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here's Why
FROM THE TIME we began reporting on the archive provided to us in Hong Kong by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, we sought to fulfill his two principal requests for how the...
The Scariest Thing About Brussels Is Our Reaction to It
Paranoid politicians, sensational journalists – the Isis recruiting officers will be thrilled at how things have gone since their atrocity in Belgium
The Everyday Violence of Modern Culture
Modern society — industrial civilization — is built on violence. This violence goes largely unnoticed. When it is noticed, it’s often seen a series of isolated incidents...
45 Years After COINTELPRO, FBI Still Thinks 'Dissent Is the Enemy'
More than 60 groups sign letter calling for full investigation into government spying on protest groups
This Speech by Fred Hampton Shows Why The Establishment Found The Black Panther Party So Threatening
Fred Hampton participatied in a mock people’s trial, where he articulates why the Black Panther Party, and he as a leader within the party, was being viciously targeted by the...
American Cartel: How America's Two Major Parties Helped Destroy Democracy
Cartel: An association of manufacturers or suppliers with the purpose of maintaining prices at a high level and restricting competition.
Until White America Looks at Tamir Rice and Sees Their Own Children, There Will Be No Racial Justice in the U.S.
He was 12, playing with a toy gun, in a locale with open-carry laws. Tamir Rice was executed for being a black boy
Stop Kidding Yourself: The Police Were Created to Control Working Class and Poor People
In most of the liberal discussions of the recent police killings of unarmed black men, there is an underlying assumption that the police are supposed to protect and serve the...
The 'Terrorism' of Puppets: Spain's Crackdown on Dissent
The arrest of two Spanish puppeteers accused of “promoting terrorism” in a play reveals the violence of the state in a way that satire never could.
Why Do American Police Kill so Many Compared to European Police?
Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first degree murder November 24 in the death of Laquan McDonald. A video released by police shows Van Dyke shooting the...
What Shall We Love?
Human beings seem unable to live without war, but they are also unable to live without love.
The Snooper's Charter: One Misspelled Google Search for 'Bong-Making' and You'll Be in an Orange Jumpsuit
I know why Theresa May has that permanently appalled expression – she’s seen my internet history
'This Girl Don't Got Nobody': On the Violence in a South Carolina Classroom
Though a police officer exacted the physical violence caught on camera, a teacher, school administrator, and judge participated in it, too. Each of them prioritized power...
Naomi Zack: Let's Stop Talking About White Privilege So Much and Talk More About Black Rights
Who really benefits from conversations about white privilege? Philosopher Naomi Zack believes that if your goal is to fight racism, a good first step is to stop talking...
It Took Me Years to Believe That Black Lives Matter. Now Here's What I Need From You
Internalized racism prevented me from seeing how the system works.
When Oppression Is the Status Quo, Disruption Is a Moral Duty
History teaches us that legislative action rarely happens without organized protest. This is why the Black Lives Matter movement is so essential today.
Prison Without Punishment
Last year, Gregg Marcantel, the secretary of New Mexico's Corrections Department, voluntarily placed himself in solitary confinement for 48 hours. He was one of a rare few who...
5 Facts Exposing the Media's Lies about Police Shootings
#2. Bartending is far more dangerous than being a police officer.
Dear #BlackLivesMatter: We Don't Need Black Leadership
Black Lives Matter, a loose network of activists around the country, is currently facing backlash for storming the stage at Bernie Sanders’ events. Black people have a long and...
Bernie Sanders on Racism and Racial Justice
We must pursue policies that transform this country into a nation that affirms the value of its people of color. That starts with addressing the four central types of violence...