Category: Police & Prisons

Janet Allon: Serena Williams Writes Impassioned Post About the Dangers of Driving While Black

The tennis star fears for her nephew at the wheel when the police show up

Rebecca McCray: Prison Guards in Alabama Join Inmates on Strike

While prisoners refuse to perform their jobs, some guards are not showing up to work

Binoy Kampmark: Punishing the Punished

It was not sufficient for US military authorities to sentence whistleblower Chelsea Manning to the onerous, disproportionate sentence of 35 years imprisonment for conniving with WikiLeaks in releasing classified material.

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Rebecca Gordon: Should Prison Really Be the American Way?

It’s hard to fathom even the basics of the American urge to lock people away in vast numbers.

William Barber: Release Video of Keith Scott Shooting, It Belongs to the Public

Understand, the public owns these videos. This is taxpayer money. It is wrong-headed. It is not the kind of openness that we need

Shaun King: It’s time for serious nationwide economic boycotts to end police brutality and racial injustice in America

It is time that we organize a passionate, committed, economic boycott. It must be painful. It must be unified

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Vincent Emanuele: The Riots Will Continue

The issues of policing, systemic racism, systemic economic inequality and political corruption will only become more prominent as existing institutions become increasingly militarized and violent

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Sarah Lazare: Charlotte Cops Dig In, Won’t Release Video; Opposition to Police Terror Builds

“One of the major problems with reporting on police violence is the degree to which police statements are treated as the gold standard of information instead of being treated with the skepticism they deserve”

Vincent Warren: Protests Erupt over Police Killings of Terence Crutcher & Keith Lamont Scott in Tulsa & Charlotte

Protests escalated in Charlotte, North Carolina, when hundreds took to the streets to express outrage over the police shooting of 43-year-old African American Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday

Noelle Hanrahan: ‘The Bodies of Prisoners Are Commodities’

Every single budget decision in local, state, county, federal–is based almost entirely on what we’re spending for our prisons

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