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.
Next week a man convicted in one of Guevara’s most dubious cases will be in court for what could be his last chance at freedom. Will prosecutors continue fighting to keep Roberto Almodovar behind bars?
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.
I totally understand if you're ready to be done with conversation, but its kind of annoying to have a black family that implicity trust the system. Even black cops and detectives I know don't implicitly trust the system.
Haha well I’ve lost 5 followers in the past hour, so apparently I know what me having Contentious Convesation(s) gets me, but I’ll answer this last one before I gotta jet for a coffee date, and then get back to our regularly scheduled content later on (i.e., after this I’ll opt out of more fandom discussion on these topics for the day).
ANy-way, I generally agree? I’m white and Canadian so I don’t want to inject too much of my own perspective into a discussion on this, but I can see what you mean and, given the state of anti-black police brutality and anti-black violence all across North America, the show does sort of present this happy little fantasy world where those issues don’t exist? Where all cops are… inherently good people?
And the show hasn’t really tackled any big societal issues, like across the board? Not racism or sexism (aside from the occasional side-comment) or bigotry… at all? The closest we get is with Hartley and his parents and that’s downplayed a good deal? And sometimes it comes up implicitly, I think because of the writers’ own biases most of the time, but it’s never really explicitly discussed between the characters in canon. They don’t focus on real-world issues.
And I can’t say to what extent the show is remiss for doing that. It’s not really my place to say, for the most part?
One perspective is that some people watch TV for escapism and don’t want those aspects of reality to be mirrored in every show they watch. Not every show is going to come anywhere near the tact of, for instance, Brooklyn 99 in dealing with discussions of those issues. The Flash is attempting to be a little more allegorical and to speak to social ills through metahumans, I think, though I do believe they could accomplish a lot more on that front, and should.
On the other hand, it lacks realism and fails to reflect a lot of people’s real experiences, and for a show that deals with a police precinct so often, there’s a lot of things they could be doing that they aren’t, even subtly. The CW refusing to take any stance on a divisive issue like police brutality and the ills of the criminal justice system isn’t surprising, but ultimately is still a little disappointing. The comics definitely do more in this regard, I’d say?
And truly, I think it wouldn’t be hard for the writers to inject a bit of distrust from the West family, especially Joe, into the course of criminal justice. He’s had to have seen a lot of how it goes wrong, and dealt with colleagues with less-than-savory attitudes. It doesn’t need to permeate the show to be brought in a little from time to time, as a bare minimum nod to at least the existence of these sorts of experiences?
“La Madre Tierra, militarizada, cercada, envenenada, donde se violan sistemáticamente derechos elementales, nos exige actuar.”- Berta Cáceres
Whether it’s indigenous water protectors or led-poisoned black children, communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the effects of environmental degradation. While the oppressors in power harm & exploit the Earth and it’s inhabitants, we have & continue to fight on the frontline of the struggle but we are not always heard and this needs to change. In an effort to center the importance of our voices, Muchacha Fanzine’s “Madre Tierra” (Mother Earth) invites people of color to share short stories, visual art, photography, comics, thoughts, poetry, rants, doodles, and essays all related to environmental justice. Women, queer, transgender & non-binary folks of color are especially encouraged to submit their work.
Ya sea que se trate de protectores de agua indígenas o de niños negros envenenados con plomo, las comunidades de color son desproporcionadamente afectadas por los efectos de la degradación ambiental. Mientras los opresores en el poder dañan y explotan a la Tierra y sus habitantes, luchamos en las frontera de la lucha, pero no siempre somos escuchados y esto necesita cambiar. Con el objetivo de centrar la importancia de nuestras voces, Muchacha Fanzine’s “ Madre Tierra” invita a las personas de color a compartir cuentos, arte visual, fotografía, cómicos, pensamientos, poesía y ensayos relacionados con la justicia ambiental. Las mujeres, personas gay, transgeneros y personas no binarias son especialmente alentados a presentar su trabajo.
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(Topic ideas include but are not limited to: *Environmental Racism *Anticapitalism *Indigenous Resistance *Decolonization *Black & Brown Resistance Movements *Ecofeminism *Queer Ecology *Industrial Pollution *Coal & Oil Companies *Air, Water & Soil Contamination *Greenhouse Gas *Global Warming *Toxic Wastes Sites *Fossil Fuels *Fracking *Radioactive Material *Health hazards i.e. cancer, asthma, lead poisoning *#WaterisLife *Keystone XL Pipeline *Natural Disasters *Deforestation *Heat Exposure *Gentrification *Public Housing *Transit Justice *Migration *Prison Industrial Complex *Police Violence *Military Occupation *Imperialism *Climate Change Denialism *The Trump Administration *EPA *Reproductive Health *Animal Justice *Endangered Species *Factory farms & Slaughterhouses *Food Justice *Food Deserts *Gardening *Public Policy *Power in Decision Making Processes *Sustainability *Renewable Energy *Grassroots Activism *Green Anarchism *Green Socialism *Environmental Spirituality *Healing *Where do we go from here?)
🎨: “Mother Earth Nourish” by Malaysian artist Jennifer Mourin
This isn’t to say we’re in a police state, a term that’s often misused…But perhaps we have entered a police state writ small. At the individual level, a police officer’s power and authority over the people he interacts with day to day is near complete. Absent video, if the officer’s account of an incident differs from that of a citizen -even several citizens- his superiors, the courts, and prosecutors will nearly always defer to the officer. If other officers are nearby, there are policies in place -official and unofficial- to encourage them to back one another up. Even if the officer violates the citizen’s rights, the officer is protected by qualified immunity…
…We have passed laws and policies that have elevated police officers above the people they serve. As Tim Lynch of the Cato Institute has written, you could make a good argument that police should be held to a higher standard than regular citizens. And you could make a good argument they should be held to the same standard. But its hard to conceive of a convincing argument that they should be held to a lower one. But that’s exactly what they’ve done.
Systems governed by bad policies and motivated by incentives will produce bat outcomes. Today, laws, policies, and procedures select for personalities attracted to aggressive, antagonistic policing; isolate police from the communities they serve; and condition police officers to see the people they serve -the people with whom they interact every day- as the enemy. We shouldn’t be surprised when cops then begin to see a world divided between cops and their families, and everybody else.
Perhaps most distressing of all, not only does the military continue to provide surplus weapons to domestic police agencies, but thanks to the Department of Homeland Security grants, military contractors are now shifting to market resources toward police agencies. Worse, a new industry appears to be emerging just to convert those grants into battle-grade gear. That means soon we’ll have powerful private interests, funded by government grants, who will lobby for more government grants to pay for further militarization -a police industrial complex. It’s a threshold that will be difficult to un-cross.
No, America today isn’t a police state. Far from it. But it would be foolish to wait until it becomes one to get concerned.
Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces by Radley Balko
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.
But there is a particular totalitarian lie at the heart of political cliché too, and the simplicities of ‘imperialism,’ 'genocide,’ 'materialism,’ 'police brutality,’ 'military-industrial complex,’ 'racism,’ tossed about as though they were interchangeable, and as though they applied equally to anything with which one is out of temper, are not for us. Neither are the simplicities of anti-Communism, free world, 'violence,’ and 'radicalism’ itself. We observed in The War the literal extreme violence that men have done so far. Since then, bombs dropping on villages, cops beating kids on the head, kids throwing bottles at cops, the violence to the spirit of the McCarthy years, the violation of human dignity in exclusion and poverty – there is a degree of violence in them all, but a difference of degree, and extent of metaphor, and we still distinguish among literalisms, metaphors, questions of degree. Or radicalism. […] There is an authentic radicalism in this country now, but it does not abuse the metaphor of revolution. It is not the radicalism of rhetoric, theater, mannerism, psychodrama, air. And it is not paralyzed in its own unconsummated moral impulses by viewing every human problem at a single level of atrocity.
Renata Adler, “Toward a Radical Middle” (July 1969), from After the Tall Timber: Collection Nonfiction (2015)
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.”
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An ex-police commander who oversaw the torture of more than 100 black men in Chicago police custody walked out of federal prison Thursday, after serving just three and a half years of his sentence.
Jon Burge left the minimum-security prison in North Carolina to report to a halfway house in Florida until his sentence officially runs out in February of 2015, the Chicago Tribune reports.
After the 66-year-old was convicted in 2011 of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying about police torture, several members of the Chicago City Council called for a reparations fund of $20 million – roughly the amount Burge and his “midnight crew” of detectives have cost Chicago taxpayers over the years in legal defense fees and settlements alone. Aldermen renewed those calls on Thursday, saying it’s time for the city to “make amends.”
Anthony Holmes was one of the victims Burge personally tortured – with methods including electric shock – into giving a confession to a murder he says he didn’t commit. Holmes, who is now pushing 70, spent 30 years behind bars as a result and has yet to see any compensation because the statute of limitations on the torture has run out.
“At least he’s got a pension,” Holmes said of Burge, according to DNAinfo Chicago. “We came out of there with nothing.”
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan tried to strip Burge of his $4,000-a-month police pension, but couldn’t overrule a police pension board vote.
As Burge prepares to start his life again as a free man, In These Times took a look at how much the disgraced commander has cost taxpayers through the years