Articles about Police State
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Make the Rich Panic
It does not matter to the corporate rich who wins the presidential election. It does not matter who is elected to Congress. The rich have the power. They throw money at their favorites the way a gambler puts cash on his favorite horse. Money has replaced the vote. The...
Migration Is an Act of Desperation, Not a Crime
A father from Ivory Coast wanted to reunite his son with the rest of his family living in Spain. But the Spanish government denied him a family reunification visa. Desperate, he paid a Moroccan woman to smuggle his 8-year-old onto Spanish soil. On May 7, 2015, she...
Militarizing Ourselves Toward a New Dark Age
“What struck me” journalist Christian Parenti said in a recent Truthout interview, referring to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, “was the fact that these local towns and states around the region were sending the only resources they had to New Orleans: weapons and...
Riots Work: Wolf Blitzer and the Washington Post Completely Missed the Real Lesson from Baltimore
The police—not to mention capitalism—have done far more to damage Baltimore than any riot could When Oscar Grant was shot by transit cop Johannes Mehserle in Oakland in the early hours of January 1, 2009, a week passed with no institutional response, while videos of Grant’s...
Nonviolence for Whom? If Violence Isn't the Answer, Somebody Should Tell the Police
Ferguson. New York. Baltimore. As cities erupt after decades of oppression and violence at the hands of police, calls for nonviolence can be deafening. “Violence isn’t the answer,” the moralists chide when protesters throw rocks and clash with police. They’re right. But...
The Wars Come Home: A Five-Step Guide to the Police Repression of Protest from Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond
Last week, as Baltimore braced for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) prepared for battle. With state-of-the-art surveillance of local teenagers’ Twitter feeds, law enforcement had learned that a group of high school...
Dear White America: Toya Graham Is Not Your Hero
When I told my grandma that I was among a crowd of protesters pepper-sprayed while covering the demonstration-turned-riot at Baltimore’s Mondawmin Mall on Monday, her response was blunt. “Well, that should've been your answer to take yo' ass home,” she said. Had she been...
Great Moments in Peaceful Protest History
The revolution WILL be given permission. "Great moments in protest history: The appropriate way to get what you want!"
Nonviolence As Compliance in Baltimore
Officials calling for calm can offer no rational justification for Gray's death, and so they appeal for order. Rioting broke out on Monday in Baltimore—an angry response to the death of Freddie Gray, a death my native city seems powerless to explain. Gray did not die...
The More a Society Coerces Its People, the Greater the Chance of Mental Illness
Throughout history, societies have existed with far less coercion than ours. While these societies have had far fewer consumer goods and less of what modernity calls “efficiency,” they also have had far less mental illness. This reality has been buried, not surprisingly, by...
Why Does the FBI Have to Manufacture Its Own Plots If Terrorism and ISIS Are Such Grave Threats?
The FBI and major media outlets recently trumpeted the agency’s latest counterterrorism triumph: the arrest of three Brooklyn men, ages 19 to 30, on charges of conspiring to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS (photo of joint FBI/NYPD press conference, above). As my colleague...
Preventing Dissent - How Britain’s new police state will radicalise us all
In the UK, an insidious secret network of violent extremists is plotting to subvert democracy. The members of this network detest our way of life, and hate our freedoms. Walking amongst us, this dangerous fifth column is exploiting the very laws we hold dear to campaign for...
How "Progressive Black Democrats" in Your Town and Moral Monday in GA Fight For Us. Not.
Wherever you see angry black people in motion, you'll find Democratic party elements doing their thing, protecting the careers of the elected and unelected members of the black political class from politicians to preachers and prison wardens, misdirecting black rage...
The Demon in Darren Wilson's Head
In his testimony before the St. Louis County Grand Jury, Darren Wilson said he felt like a five-year-old peering into the face of someone who “looks like a demon” as he wrestled with Michael Brown, the black teen he later shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri. In other...
"Oh My God, They Use You As Target Practice." Literally.
In your weekly, admittedly rhetorical WTF-is-wrong-with-this-country turn, it seems cops in South Florida have been using real photos of real black men - bullet-riddled, obviously, when they're done with them - as target practice at their shooting range, an endearing ritual...
The NYPD's Work Stoppage Is Surreal
In an alternate universe, the New York Police might have just solved the national community-policing controversy. Brace yourselves for a weird night. There might be a little extra drama when the ball drops in Times Square, thanks to one of the more confusing political...
Taking the Initiative Back For the Movement After the Brinsley Killings
For brutal wannabe fascists like police union thugs, for liberal authoritarian politicians like President Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus and most big city mayors, for media talking head like CNN's Don Lemon, and for weaseling civil rights spokesleaders eager to throw...
Cops Threaten a Blue Coup in New York City
“The police union chief instructed his members to impose a martial law-type policing regime on the city.” When Police Benevolent Association chief Patrick Lynch said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has the blood of two dead cops on his hands, he was issuing a physical threat...
The Black Panthers Had the Right Idea
It’s kind of fitting that police officers Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo, murderers of Mike Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York, were cleared of criminal wrong-doing in the last several weeks. The eruption of protest, activism and organizing in response to the...
From Ferguson to New York to Palestine, Solidarity with the Resistance to Racist Oppression
“Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them…Prisons are a profitable business. They are a way of legally perpetuating slavery. In every state more and more prisons are being...
As NYPD Union Vows 'Wartime Policing,' Questions Of 'Have We Learned Nothing?'
"An eye for an eye is not our vision of justice," declared #BlackLivesMatter in a statement released Sunday A declaration by the New York Police Department Union that it will engage in "wartime policing" in response to Saturday's killing of two city law enforcement...
An Open Letter From Assata Shakur: "I Am a 20th Century Escaped Slave"
My name is Assata Shakur, and I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the US government’s policy towards people of color. I am an...
A Cancer that Produces Racism
Mass incarceration and bloated police departments are major incubators of some of the most reactionary ideas in society, writes Todd Chretien. IN THE wake of the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and Staten Island, tens of thousands have marched, occupied city halls and...
America Needs to Face an Uncomfortable Truth. That's Why the #BlackLivesMatter Hashtag Is Essential.
There are myriad reasons why the rallying hashtag for the movement that grew out of ‪#‎Ferguson‬ is ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ and not ‪#‎AllLivesMatter‬. See this, 
Is Shut It Down the New Occupy?
As occupying public spaces was to the Occupy movement, “Shutting It Down” is to the new wave of protest around police brutality and systemic racism. “If We Don’t Get It, Shut It Down” has long been a favorite chant of the labor movement, but for the rapidly growing movement...
Eric Garner, American Occupation, and the Decline of Empire
The nascent movement against racist police brutality in the US received a boost of energy from the non-indictment of Eric Garner's murderers in blue. Thousands filled the streets from New York City to Berkeley, California to protest racist injustice and...
The New Movement: Are We There Yet?
“This movement-in-the-making has no choice but to challenge the very legitimacy of the State and its armed organs of coercion.” After decades of misleader-induced lethargy and quietude, Black America is finally in motion – or, at the very least, earnestly seeking ways to...
Angela Davis: ‘There is an Unbroken Line of Police Violence in the US that Takes Us Back to Slavery'
The activist, feminist and revolutionary explains how the ‘prison industrial complex’ profits from black people, that Barack Obama can’t be blamed for the lack of progress on race, and why Beyoncé is not a terrorist “There is an unbroken line of police violence in the United...
It's Not the Law, But Prosecutors, That Give Immunity to Killer Cops
“In refusing to prosecute, Obama and Holder demonstrate their own profound disregard for the collective rights of Black Americans as a people.” Black Americans know all about “law and order”: the term, itself, is code for the state-wielded hammer that is relentlessly...
What Happened When Two Students, One Black and One White, Participated in a Peaceful Protest
We are two students -- one black, one white -- at Union Theological Seminary, an institution historically and presently committed to fighting against injustice through faith and action. We were outraged by the non-indictment in the case of Eric Garner, which is only the most...
We Need 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? I am among the millions who have experienced the shock, grief, and fury of losing someone...
'The Alarm Bells Are Ringing': From Athletes to Environmentalists, a Universal Call for Racial Justice Emerges
With the nation's streets still filled with protesters and a plan for thousands to march on Washington brewing, the call for justice for Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and other black victims of police violence has only grown stronger. In the days and weeks since two grand...
Why Should Anyone "Respect" the Law?
In the wake of the announcement that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for shooting and killing Mike Brown, protestors across the country took to the streets in mass acts of civil disobedience, and in some cases, property damage. And so, yesterday...
Stop Police Officers from Killing Our Children
After the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson, I couldn’t watch the news. I couldn’t bear to see Lesley McSpadden’s—Michael Brown’s mother’s—face. Her eyes were my eyes. I remember when I looked like that; when I felt like that. My son, Alan Blueford, was shot by an Oakland...
Why Are London's Police Travelling to Israel?
In the six month period from 1st March 2014 to 31st August 2014, Eighty of London’s Metropolitan Police staff travelled to Israel. This period coincides with Operation Protective Edge, the recent bombardment and massacre of of over 2000 Palestinians in Gaza.
In Defense Of Looting
For most of America’s history, one of the most righteous anti-white supremacist tactics available was looting. As protests in Ferguson continued unabated one week after the police killing of Michael Brown, Jr., zones of Twitter and the left media predominantly sympathetic to...
Why We Won't Wait - Resisting the War Against the Black and Brown Underclass
Wait. Patience. Stay Calm. “This is a country that allows everybody to express their views,” said the first Black president, “allows them to peacefully assemble, to protest actions that they think are unjust.” Don’t disrupt, express. Justice will be served. We respect the...
Ferguson and the "Us Vs. Them" Illusion
As the grand jury’s decision on whether nor not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson loomed, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon told a TV reporter “he’s preparing for peace and war.” What the governor did, in the tense uncertainty preceding the decision, was pre-declare a...
Palestinian Activists Destroy Section of Apartheid Wall
On 9 November, to mark the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, a direct action took place in Beit Hanina, a neighbourhood in Jerusalem.
There Is No "CR" in "ISIS"
Federal officials are warning “U.S. law enforcement about the threat of Islamic State-inspired terror attacks against police officers, government workers and ‘media figures’ in the U.S.” Unfortunately many Americans will buy into the state propaganda, spurring even more...
An Invitation to Anarchism
The word “anarchist” is thrown around a lot these days. When discussing their mild disagreements over foreign policy, healthcare, tax rates, gun control, immigration, torture, or the war on drugs, it’s not uncommon for a Republican or Democrat to hurl the word at each other...
Hong Kong's Unprecedented Protests and Police Crackdown Explained
Protest marches and vigils are fairly common in Hong Kong, but what began on Friday and escalated dramatically on Sunday is unprecedented. Mass acts of civil disobedience were met by a shocking and swift police response, which has led to clashes in the streets and popular...
The Pentagon Is The World’s Largest & Most Dangerous Climate Criminal. It's the Elephant In The Room
There is an elephant in the climate debate that by U.S. demand cannot be discussed or even seen. This agreement to ignore the elephant is now the accepted basis of all international negotiations on climate change. It is well understood by every possible measurement that the...
Lauryn Hill Dedicates A Recording Of Her Powerful Song "Black Rage" To The People Of Missouri
Lauryn Hill has released a recording of a song she's been performing live for the last few years and has dedicated it to the people of Missouri. On her website she writes: An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for...
The Ferguson Syllabus
On the heels of the open letter signed by over 1,400 sociologists in the wake of the police killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, the newly formed group Sociologists for Justice has released a list of published research that informs the arguments put forth in the...
What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings
A few days ago, Deadspin's Kyle Wagner began to compile a list of all police-involved shootings in the U.S. He's not the only one to undertake such a project: D. Brian Burghart, editor of the Reno News & Review, has been attempting a crowdsourced national database of deadly...
The Forms of Violence That Our Corporate Media Never Talks About
The corporate media loves to talk about violent protestors, while the biggest forms of violence in our society go unchallenged. An Aug. 19, 2014 Wall Street Journal article headline blared: Strong Police Presence Felt After Night of Violence in Ferguson. “Night of...
Police Brutality Action Kit
Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) was formed in 2009 by white people from across the US to respond to the significant increase of targeting and violence against people of color in the aftermath of the election of  Barack Obama.  The killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson...
Ferguson Versus the Counter-Insurgency State
The corporate media, reflecting their owners’ anxiety at the failure of Black people to revert to a state of passivity in Ferguson, Missouri, have arrived at a general consensus on two counts: the need to “demilitarize” the police (fewer bullets, smaller armored vehicles?)...
Tear Gas for the Huddled Masses
Is it possible That weapons somehow create The urge to use them? (via NYT) Fun fact: Violence fetishizes itself. Worships. Adores itself with psychotic levels of megalomania and self-aggrandizement – sociopathic and chilling and face-slappingly obvious throughout all of...