police industrial complex

Political prisoner Leonard Peltier once wrote, “When you grow up Indian, you don’t have to become a criminal, you already are a criminal.” Through the drug trade, U.S. government has effectively marketed the policing and imprisonment of minorities as the key to public safety, and therefore marked them as targets of state terror. This unearths how Native men can be incarcerated at four times the rate of white men, how Native women can be incarcerated at six times the rate of white women. It demonstrates how the flooding of crack cocaine into Black communities during the ’70s correlated with a sharp increase in minimum sentencing laws that helped put 1.7 million Black people under some form of correctional control. It reveals how native Hawaiians, who represent just 20 percent of the state’s population, can comprise 40 percent of the its incarcerated. […] Indeed, of minorities and the poor it fashions enemies of the state with the intent to exercise terror. From the origins of police, to the school-to-prison-pipeline, to the vast network of U.S. incarceration, this has been the enduring legacy of the American judicial system — not safety, and certainly not justice.
Don’t you know that slavery was outlawed?”
“No,” the guard said, “you’re wrong. Slavery was outlawed with the exception of prisons. Slavery is legal in prisons.”
I looked it up and sure enough, she was right. The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution says:
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Well, that explained a lot of things. That explained why jails and prisons all over the country are filled to the brim with Black and Third World people, why so many Black people can’t find a job on the streets and are forced to survive the best way they know how. Once you’re in prison, there are plenty of jobs, and, if you don’t want to work, they beat you up and throw you in a hole. If every state had to pay workers to do the jobs prisoners are forced to do, the salaries would amount to billions… Prisons are a profitable business. They are a way of legally perpetuating slavery. In every state more and more prisons are being built and even more are on the drawing board. Who are they for? They certainly aren’t planning to put white people in them. Prisons are part of this government’s genocidal war against Black and Third World people.
—  Assata Shakur

wanna hear how shitty the juvi i went to was when I was a kid, and it wasn’t even a bad juvi. lmao okay so first things first, its strange fucking adults who watch you, a minor shower, pee, etc. pretty much every time you do it.

they blasted music all night, loud music, all night, so the workers wouldnt get “bored” your cell was single and had a light on at all hours of the day, so you have to try and sleep with a bright light on you all the time, if you don’t wake up up at 6am to eat they take away your bed padding and pillow from you until you wake up at the right time, so you have to sleep on concrete.

if you don’t do what they tell you to do [like wake up at 6am after having music and bright light blasted at you all night] they’ll take away your only solace: books. You’re locked in a cell by yourself for the majority of the time you’re there. 

You didn’t have a roommate, so you were just alone, for the majority of the day with nothing to do. It was torture, I don’t care what you say, children don’t deserve this, and I shouldn’t have even been sent to juvi in the first place because it literally wasn’t even my doing that got me there I had to take the fall for someone else the first time, and so on. 

They torture children in juvi, don’t fucking think they don’t, they absolutely do.

The emerging police state, and it's dangerous implications for black people.

I know seeing the length of this post, your gut reaction will be to ignore it or only read part of it, but it is something every single individual needs to be aware of. Police have reportedly killed 290 civilians so far in 2015. It is only April. And the reason I put emphasis on reportedly is because even the FBI and DOJ say that the numbers they receive of civilian fatalities are grossly inaccurate, due to failures by police departments to not only fill out incident reports, but to provide that information to the correct agencies. Cops can murder anyone they want, anytime they want, with impunity. The saying “Not all cops are bad” is inherently flawed, because in our country, law enforcement is a bad job. It is a corrupt job. It is a job that teaches by policy the act of racial profiling and aggressively targeting minorities. It is a job that heavily relies on extortion by enforcing egregious fines for petty traffic violations. The police even fought a case, going to the Supreme Court, to support their assertion that their job is not to /prevent/ crime. It does not mean all cops are bad people when they are off duty. It means that there cannot be a good, morally outstanding cop, because the rules and regulations in place are unjust, immoral, and disproportionately enforced. So what is their necessity? Why do they need to be militarized? Why are they trained to constantly be on edge and treat citizens as if they are all guilty or constantly posing some danger, those they swore to serve and protect, the very same citizens who fund their salaries. Since when did “I feared for my life” become the get out of jail free card for police officers; professionals who are trained to disarm assailants, to never draw your weapon, especially point it, unless it is going to be used, to try and calm a potentially aggressive, dangerous situation down before it escalates, who have many nonlethal tools at their disposal, whose prime directive is not to be the judge, jury and executioner, but to simply make the arrest. People /chose/ the job, knowing that an element of danger exists - yet, officers get to kill at will when there is a perceived presence of danger or even no threat at all. That would be like a firefighter deciding that instead of putting out a fire, they’d rather demolish the building because there’s too much danger involved in doing their fucking job. I think the entire police force in the entire country needs to be disbanded and then completely overhaul how the system operates before hiring brand new officers. We also need a massive overhaul in our justice system that keeps allowing these cops to go free when they needlessly murder us. The mentality of the cop apologist needs to change as well, because nobody is infallible, and to believe that a cop can do no wrong is a farfetched, delusional, dangerous way of thinking. Our country rebelled for far less during the revolution, and we specifically established safeguards in place should any institution overstep their boundaries and violate the rights of the citizens. Yet we condemn people who protest peacefully, we act appalled and disgusted when people protest violently, yet we celebrate Independence Day every year, as if that was not a violent protest that started a war. You cannot fight peacefully against an aggressor who does not know peace. Why should we allow ourselves to keep being slaughtered without reason and with full impunity for the killers, simply because they have a badge? The most important part to understand about these deaths is that they are disproportionately affecting black people far more than anyone else in the country. Why? Because since the inception of our nation, black people have been seen as less than human. We were considered closer to a monkey than to a human. The abolition of slavery did not end slavery. Systemic oppression founded this country. Slavery continued on in the form of laws being created that targeted blacks specifically, and in the legislation that allegedly abolished slavery, there was a neat little clause that said “except in instances of punishment.” We gave the illusion of freedom, not the de facto state of it. Whites segregated us, deprived us of education, jobs, nourishment, our rightful piece of the American Dream, and when we had bold leaders step up to demand equality, not supremacy, the government founded the CIA to target these leaders and their affiliates. And they murdered them. Martin, Malcolm, Bobby, and Huey. They killed them. And then they told us we were equal, Jim Crow was gone, which was another illusion. Instead, Jim Crow era tactics just transfered to the penal system a la the prison industrial complex. But it’s not enough to confine and incarcerate us, hold us back educationally and economically, deprive us of representation, demean us for our culture all the while appropriating it yourselves; no, this isn’t enough-now you want us dead, and your means of genocide are the shiny badges instead of the white hoods.


Angela Davis and Assata Shakur’s Lawyer Lennox Hinds Denounce FBI’s Adding of Exiled Activist to Terrorist List

Davis: “It seems to me that this act incorporates or reflects the very logic of terrorism.[…] I can’t help but think that it’s designed to frighten people who are involved in struggles today. Forty years ago seems like it was a long time ago. In the beginning of the 21st century, we’re still fighting around the very same issues – police violence, health care, education, people in prison.

Hinds: “We believe that putting Assata Shakur on the FBIs Ten Most Wanted list is designed to inflame the public and to characterize her as a terrorist when none of the acts alleged relates to terrorism.” […] “This is a political act pushed by the state of New Jersey, by some members of Congress from Miami, and with the intent of putting pressure on the Cuban government and to inflame public opinion […]There is no way to appeal someone being put on the terrorist list.”


#know your shit (i wanna start this tag so fall along if u feel me)

Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons
Sweeping new rules also curb isolation for adult inmates, limit time for first offense to 60 days, rather than 365.
By https://www.facebook.com/eilperin

President Obama on Monday announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system, saying the practice is overused and has the potential for devastating psychological consequences.

  • city planning: lets give the police a fuckton of money to get fancy ridiculous cars ..... and military grade weapons.
  • city planning: and forget we have a school system at all
  • city planning: after all we make so much money off of sending kids to jail who are failing out of our failing schools. 8)
…but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities.We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.
—  John Ehrlichman, former Nixon Advisor.

CeCe McDonald, Reina Gossett, and Dean Spade: Prisons Aren’t Safe for Anybody

In 2011, CeCe McDonald and her friends were attacked by a group of white people shouting racist and transphobic slurs. When CeCe stabbed one of their attackers in self defense, she was arrested and imprisoned for 19 months. During that time, CeCe’s evocative and thoughtful writing inspired an international community of activists to support the campaign to Free CeCe and to advance the broader movement for prison abolition. In February 2014, one month after her release from prison, CeCe joined prison abolition activists Reina Gossett and Dean Spade in a conversation about her own experiences surviving trauma and impossible situations, and the importance of love and collective organizing for people facing systems of violence.

This video is part of the series No One is Disposable, which features conversations on trans activism and prison abolition with BCRW activist fellow Reina Gossett.

Homan Square revealed: how Chicago police 'disappeared' 7,000 people
Exclusive: Lawsuit exposes scale of detention at off-the-books interrogation warehouse while attorneys describe find-your-client chase ‘from a Bond movie’
By Spencer Ackerman
I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.
It’s not the police, but the people they stop, who can prevent a detention from turning into a tragedy.

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long? 

What kind of shit is this? “if you don’t want to get hurt, don’t under-estimate the militaristic power I believe I have over any civilian.”

But the most troubling thing about the quote is that it literally placed overwhelming NON-THREATENING acts opposite of extremely aggravated responses.

So basically if you don’t worship the police presence in your neighborhood or completely our nations long-standing and complicated history with police brutality, you and your families are deserving of any hateful reaction a police officer takes out on you. Be subservient, allow anything and no one will hurt you.

me: yeah im kinda (selfishly) scared of what will happen for me and some people i care about if trump wins- namely that the social programs my family needs to survive will be slashed even more brutally than they already have been; we would be homeless rn without my dad’s social security and my mom’s pension, and the only access i have to the psychiatric treatment i desperately need atm is through medicaid. but despite the fact that the republican party is openly pushing for an end to social welfare programs, those same things could just as easily happen under democrats- just with different justifications given for it. in the meantime, every single issue i care about as a leftist that doesnt personally affect my daily life as a white american- police brutality, the prison industrial complex/modern slavery, an increasingly militarized state and curtailing of our supposed “liberties” in the name of counterterrorism, overseas imperialism- will either continue unchanged or worsen under clinton. none of these issues will ever be addressed under our current system, and it seems utterly callous and reactionary for me to say clinton is an acceptable option, while black people are being incarcerated at significantly higher rates due to clinton’s “super predator” policies, and non-americans are being literally murdered by actions that clinton has supported in the past and will no doubt continue to sign off on as president, leading to thousands more dead. there’s no outcome to this election i can back in good conscience. and given the amount of voter tampering and manipulation ive seen thus far, im not even sure it makes any difference whatsoever. ive seen too much of us politics to actually believe average citizens have any democratic power through our current system. so idk. i probably wont vote 

clinton supporters: