Alex Vitale: Defunding The Police Is The Future + Anya Parampil and Frank Chapman: What Does Community Control Of Police Look Like?

Graffiti, George Floyd protest, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 2020

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Dandelion Salad

TheRealNews on Jul 8, 2020

Police and police unions have proven incapable of ensuring public safety, argues Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing.


What Does Community Control Of Police Look Like?

The Grayzone on Jul 6, 2020

Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Chicago-based activist and author Frank Chapman about his life story as well as his vision for community control over the police. Frank has been in the struggle for more than 50 years— beginning with his time as a young man serving a life sentence in Missouri state prison. While incarcerated, Chapman became a self-taught radical, eventually leading a successful fight to desegregate Missouri state prisons and achieve his own freedom. Chapman shares his remarkable story his memoir, The Damned Don’t Cry, Pages From the Life of a Black Prisoner & Organizer. Buy Frank’s book.

From the archives:

Lee Camp and Alex Vitale: Should We Abolish Police?

Geo Maher: A World Without Police + Nonviolence and Restorative Justice

Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley: Joe Biden’s Chances, The Uprising Against Racist Policing, and Solidarity

Chris Hedges: Change Doesn’t Come Through Voting—Change Always Comes From The Streets

Danny Haiphong: Malcolm X on American Exceptionalism: Where Do We Go From Here?

Chris Hedges and Glen Ford: Analysis of the George Floyd Protests

Chris Hedges: Cops Are The Primary Source Of Social Control + The Censorship Has Been Cheered On By The Left

Danny Haiphong: George Floyd and the Centrality of White Supremacy in America

Chris Hedges: No Discussion of Race Is Possible Without A Discussion of Capitalism and Class, with Alex Vitale

The Year of the Pig: Should Workers Support Police Strikes? (must-read) + Caleb Maupin: Low Wages, Police Terror and the Necessity of Revolution