Tag Archives: racial justice

How to Shift Power From the Police to the People, ACLU

A Community Control Over Police Surveillance (CCOPS) law in St. Louis would shift control over the use of surveillance technologies from law enforcement to the people and their elected representatives.

In America, UN Finds Rights To Peaceful Assembly And Association Eroded

“The outcry for accountability for police shootings is deafening.”
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…while Kiai commended the work of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, he expressed his astonishment at the lack of official data documenting police use of force.

Henry A. Giroux | Radical Politics in the Age of American Authoritarianism: Connecting the Dots

The left needs a new political conversation that encompasses memories of freedom and resistance. Such a dialogue would build on the militancy of the labor strikes of the 1930s, the civil rights movements of the 1950s and the struggle for participatory democracy by the New Left in the 1960s. At the same time, there is a need to reclaim the radical imagination and to infuse it with a spirited battle for an independent politics that regards a radical democracy as part of a never-ending struggle.

▶ Mark Fiore: Plutonians of Color

Fiore: With more brutal killings and mysterious deaths while in police custody, it seems hardly a day goes by without a new dashboard camera video or protest calling out for justice. As these tragedies keep happening, I thought it might be helpful to look at our predicament from a few billion miles away.

Glen Ford: ‘No Justice, No Peace’: Clarity Of Purpose, Warning To Ruling Class

Ford: The logic of the emerging movement is Black self-determination – the principle that Black people have the inherent human right to determine their own destiny – which, in the immediate sense, means control over how they should be policed, and by whom. The venerable slogan “No Justice – No Peace” has served as a workhorse of the current protest, and would be an ideal organizing principle if the implications of the slogan were fully understood, rather than simply mouthed.

Popular Resistance: A Winning Strategy For The Left

From the article: Activists’ decision to target corporations reflects a growing conviction that the government is unresponsive to popular demands because it is unwilling or unable to stop the abuses of the corporate world (this view is supported by recent statistical findings that “the public has little or no influence” on policy). While these movements can change corporate behavior, we believe that they can also influence government policy in ways that direct pressure on politicians cannot.

Peter Hart: Media Inflames Fears Instead of Informing Viewers

In this environment, one would hope journalism could serve to inform without inflaming the situation. By Peter Hart, http://www.fair.org  PopularResistance.org  November 25th, 2014    Every day brings news reports that tell us the city of Ferguson remains “on edge” or “tense” awaiting a grand jury decision about whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson over the killing […]

Video: Author Michelle Alexander on the 21st Century Jim Crow

Author Michelle Alexander on the 21st Century Jim Crow Litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, argues that we have not ended racial caste in America, we have simply redesigned it: The U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary means of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of […]