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 If life before this was ‘normal,’ I don’t want to go back

Systemic racism, unfettered capitalism and environmental destruction have reached a boiling point in 2020.

There is no going back to “normal.”

2020 has been one of the most intense years of our lifetime. Yes, the world has experienced global health pandemics before, but never at the peak of our technological development. Yes, mass groups of people have taken to the streets to demand justice before, but not at this time, not in this way.

Things are different, and rightfully so. If “normal” refers to life before COVID-19, then normal across North and South America meant the ongoing targeted murder and imprisonment of Black, brown and Indigenous people and people of colour. “Normal” meant the ongoing expansion of unfettered capitalism, the destruction of the planet, gross inequality and the dominance of a 'profit over people' culture across the globe.

Normal meant that a man named Derek Chauvin, who had a history of violence against people of colour, could occupy a position that armed him with a uniform, a gun and a toxic power complex. It meant Chauvin was able to detain an innocent Black man named George Floyd and place his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight long minutes until he died face-down on the cement while Floyd and everyone around begged Chauvin to stop.

People have taken to the streets because that is how chemical reactions work. Ask any scientist. Do you ask fire why it blew up when it had alcohol poured into its face? Why do we question the reactions of people who are doing whatever they can with what they have, where they are, to speak out against injustice, to fight back against an armed military state, to take down corporate buildings in gentrified neighbourhoods where Black, brown and Indigenous people still sleep in the streets? Why do we question the ways victims of violence act out against their oppressors?

As academic, philosopher, political activist Angela Davis stated in a 1970 interview while she was detained in a prison in San Francisco for protesting the racist American state: “Because of the way this society is organized, because of the violence that exists on the surface everywhere, you have to expect that there are going to be such explosions, you have to expect these things as reactions.

“When you talk about a revolution, most people think violence, without realizing that the real content of any kind of revolutionary thrust lies in the goals you are striving for, not in the ways you reach them,” she said.

The media have focused on the buildings burned, but we must also remember what is fueling the fires: The pure rage of the injustice of George Floyd's death, a retraumatizing filmed event that reminded the world of every Black and Indigenous person who has been wrongfully killed without any kind of justice.....

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Minnesota Cops 'Trained by Israeli Forces in Restraint Techniques'

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/minnesota-cops-trained-israeli-f...

"...Officers from the US police force responsible for the killing of George Floyd received training in restraint techniques and anti-terror tactics from Israeli law enforcement officers. Neta Golan, the co-founder of International Solidarity Movement (ISM) said: 'When I saw the picture of killer cop Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd by leaning in on his  neck with his knee as he cried for help and other cops watched, I remembered noticing when many Israeli soldiers began using this technique. The training of US [and Canadian] police officials by Israeli forces is widespread..."

Curious  how so many similar atrocities repeatedly happen to Palestinians with comparatively little notice. Israeli  racial violence seems to have become accepted  and normalized by some of the same liberal circles that protest its US iteration now.

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These violent protesters need to be stopped! Won't someone please think of the children?

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Disturbing images and videos from a protest in Seattle over the weekend show a young girl in distress after she was allegedly maced by an officer.

While the Seattle Police Department would not confirm the identity of the officer, a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News it has launched an investigation into the incident. The incident occurred as hundreds of people took to the streets to protest racism and excessive use of force after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis.

"Uses of force, including pepper spray, during the demonstrations will undergo a high level of scrutiny and review by the chain of command," said Kelsey Nyland of the police department's Joint Information Center. "This incident in particular has been referred to the [Office of Police Accountability] and an investigation has commenced."

A public information officer told BuzzFeed News the department had received a high volume of reports regarding the use of mace by officers during Saturday's demonstrations.

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Trudeau on Trump behaviour...

https://twitter.com/PnPCBC/status/1267843987341299715

..the creep didn't mention indigenous people specifically. an attempt to hide them in his "racialized canadians" wording i suppose.

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Aristotleded24 wrote:

These violent protesters need to be stopped! Won't someone please think of the children?

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Disturbing images and videos from a protest in Seattle over the weekend show a young girl in distress after she was allegedly maced by an officer.

While the Seattle Police Department would not confirm the identity of the officer, a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News it has launched an investigation into the incident. The incident occurred as hundreds of people took to the streets to protest racism and excessive use of force after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis.

"Uses of force, including pepper spray, during the demonstrations will undergo a high level of scrutiny and review by the chain of command," said Kelsey Nyland of the police department's Joint Information Center. "This incident in particular has been referred to the [Office of Police Accountability] and an investigation has commenced."

A public information officer told BuzzFeed News the department had received a high volume of reports regarding the use of mace by officers during Saturday's demonstrations.

..when i went to the link it had a different headline. did they change it?

Pondering

Normal meant that a man named Derek Chauvin, who had a history of violence against people of colour, could occupy a position that armed him with a uniform, a gun and a toxic power complex.

The above is key. Policing must be reformed and not just from the inside. Chauvin is oddly a victim even though he is a live one. He should never have been allowed to continue with complaint after complaint. 

Police and their unions should be insisting that officers not suited to the job be released from duty. Perhaps we need a civilian board that has the power to relieve officers of duty if complaints indicate that they are not suited to the job. 

Police themselves need to understand that although they are much more powerful they are putting themselves at risk when they protect bad cops. Good cops need to call out their own. 

Body cams should be a no-brainer. They have to have them. They have to be working. If the camera is not working the officer should have to go off duty until they have a functioning one. 

Right now it is cell phones calling them to account. If they do this in front of cameras I hate to imagine what they do when they have privacy.

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..abolition instead of reform

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Robyn Maynard, author of Policing Black Lives: State violence in Canada from slavery to the present, explains the call for the abolition of policing #cdnpoli #ctvpp

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These violent protesters need to be stopped! Won't someone please think of the children?

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Disturbing images and videos from a protest in Seattle over the weekend show a young girl in distress after she was allegedly maced by an officer.

While the Seattle Police Department would not confirm the identity of the officer, a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News it has launched an investigation into the incident. The incident occurred as hundreds of people took to the streets to protest racism and excessive use of force after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis.

"Uses of force, including pepper spray, during the demonstrations will undergo a high level of scrutiny and review by the chain of command," said Kelsey Nyland of the police department's Joint Information Center. "This incident in particular has been referred to the [Office of Police Accountability] and an investigation has commenced."

A public information officer told BuzzFeed News the department had received a high volume of reports regarding the use of mace by officers during Saturday's demonstrations.

..when i went to the link it had a different headline. did they change it?

It worked for me. Try again.

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Seattle Police Are Investigating Viral Videos That Allege An Officer Maced A Child During A George Floyd Protest

ari..

..this is the headline i get. which is different than the headline you posted. so did they change the headline? or did you?

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Seattle Police Are Investigating Viral Videos That Allege An Officer Maced A Child During A George Floyd Protest

ari..

..this is the headline i get. which is different than the headline you posted. so did they change the headline? or did you?

No, the wording I typed in my post is my own wording. Some are calling for the protests to be stopped becuase of the violence. My writing was intended to show how the shallowness of that thinking by highlighting the case of a child who was pepper-sprayed.

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NDPP wrote:

Trudeau on Trump behaviour...

https://twitter.com/PnPCBC/status/1267843987341299715

..the creep didn't mention indigenous people specifically. an attempt to hide them in his "racialized canadians" wording i suppose.

This is what Canadians need to hear over and over. If someone can make this image appear with babble's software please do. In the meantime it does open.

https://saucenao.com/edit.php?image=6NCxgNszg.jpg&url=https%253A%252F%25...

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B.C.'s Independent Investigations Office recommends charges against RCMP in death of Indigenous man

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British Columbia’s Independent Investigations Office (IIO), which looks into deaths that involve police, last Friday recommended the Crown charge the five Prince George RCMP officers.

“What happened to him wasn’t right and it shouldn’t have happened in the first place,” Lily Speed-Namox, 17, said in an interview on Monday. “My dad was just kind of a native on a bike riding through an area the cops had received a call about.”

Mr. Culver was a member of Gitskan Wet’suwet’en and a general labourer in construction. He died in 2017, after police responded to allegations he was casing parked vehicles. The IIO said in a summary of events released on Friday that when police attempted to question Mr. Culver, he tried to flee by bicycle. A struggle ensued and pepper spray was used. When Mr. Culver had trouble breathing, police requested medical help, but he died soon after.

The BC Civil Liberties Association later alleged that RCMP members instructed witnesses to delete cellphone evidence of the incident after the fact.

The IIO says reasonable grounds exist to indicate two officers involved in the incident committed offences in relation to the use of force, and three others committed offences regarding obstruction of justice.

“It’s sad to see, being an Indigenous person being arrested, that you’re at risk of being killed,” Terry Teegee, the regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations, said on Monday. “If you’re arrested, you shouldn’t end up dying.”

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The report recommends two charges for RCMP officers related to the force used to arrest Culver. Three recommended obstruction of justice charges may be linked to the bystander video recording.

The initial local media reports claimed officers may have asked bystanders to delete the video of arrest.

The IIO Office says the decision to move ahead with the charges now is with the Crown.

It will be interesting to see whether the Crown charges anyone.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/family-of-dale-culver-says-he-shou...

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Aristotleded24 wrote:

epaulo13 wrote:
Seattle Police Are Investigating Viral Videos That Allege An Officer Maced A Child During A George Floyd Protest

ari..

..this is the headline i get. which is different than the headline you posted. so did they change the headline? or did you?

No, the wording I typed in my post is my own wording. Some are calling for the protests to be stopped becuase of the violence. My writing was intended to show how the shallowness of that thinking by highlighting the case of a child who was pepper-sprayed.

..txs. it was confusing. i couldn't figure out who was calling for this to be over. 

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Demonstrators rally in downtown Halifax against racism, police brutality

 

A large crowd of demonstrators clogged a downtown Halifax street on Monday evening, chanting "I can't breathe" and "no justice, no peace" to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died during a police takedown in Minneapolis.

Demonstrators in Halifax took a knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the time that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was seen on video pressing his knee into Floyd's neck. Floyd's death on May 25 has touched off protests and riots across the United States and Canada.

The rally in Halifax was peaceful. Demonstrators cheered and chanted as cars, and even city buses, honked horns in support. Spring Garden Road was closed to traffic for several blocks to accommodate the crowds.

Organizer Sharisha Benedict asked for no violence.

"The only way we can be heard is if we do it with peace, because if we expect peace, we give peace," she told a cheering crowd. 

Benedict asked the crowd to kneel for the first minute in silence "for everybody that we have lost."....

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UPDATED: Protesters Demand Answers in Death of Regis Karchinski (and vid)

http://cp24.to/AS5i6iD

"Justice for Regis' chants echoed throughout the streets of downtown Toronto Saturday afternoon as thousands of protesters demanded answers in the death of 29 year old Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who fell from her apartment balcony in High Park while police were present. In a series of messages posted to Twitter on Saturday, the group Not Another Black Life, which organized the rally, said it is holding the event 'for Regis' and 'for every known and unknown black and indigenous life lost to police brutality and white supremacy..."

This isn't fair to the responding officers. She had mental health issues, they were called in because people were afraid. It is possible the police did something wrong but it is also possible she jumped. We don't know what mental health issues she had. There is no evidence that they shot her or threw her off the balcony. There is no evidence this has anything at all to do with her race.

 

A friend of mine is involved in the SIU investigation but is not a cop.  According to what he knows, he heard the 911 calls and also the reports she jumped when alone as it happened from outside witnesses who saw it

It could very well end up that the young woman did indeed jump. Of course the police have a vested interest in people believing that regardless of what actually happened. The only person capable of contradicting that theory is dead. The crux of the problem, aside from the difficulty of determining the truth, is that police have lied about so many things in the past that people don't trust them. Remember the tasering at the Vancouver Airport, and what the RCMP initially said about that incident was later proven false by video tape? The frustration people feel is in response to an ongoing pattern of cover-ups that have happened. Even the cases where police are telling the truth about what happened are suspect because of the long-standing pattern of self-preservation, rather than honestly attempting to figure out what really happened.

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To me there are not many plausible scenarios. She jumped or she went over accidentally in a struggle with police or she was pushed deliberately because the office was a racist. It seems to me that the problem is sending a fucking armed cop to a mental health issue. If she jumped then they didn't do the job they were sent to do and should be reprimanded and new training instituted for all police, if they breached their training then criminal negligence is in order just like if you miss a course change and run a ferry into an island. If one of the other possibilities happened then charge the cops accordingly.

Bacchus

The problem is, no one will be happy regardless of the answer

Cops arrive to a reported assault with knife, but its a mental health issue. The SIU finds:

She jumped before anyone could stop her-family and BLM will not believe it

She fell while struggling (Improbable depending on the balcony wall height) and cops are not to blame -Family and BLM will not believe it

They chucked her over the side-They won't get a conviction without a lot of corroborating evidence which I doubt is there-Family and BLM will not be happy

This is obviously a case where body cameras would have made it a quick investigation and result for good or ill on the part of the cops

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This is obviously a case where body cameras would have made it a quick investigation and result for good or ill on the part of the cops

There are also several instances where body cam footage would corroborate a police officer's version of events, and would go a long way to exonerating officers who are falsely accused. The problem is that the police agencies do not want anything caught on film in case it shows them in a bad light and they can't control how an incident is perceived by the public.

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Police Union Head Calls BLM 'Terrorist Gangs' (2016)

https://www.officer.com/command-hq/news/12215638/minneapolis-police-unio...

"Lt Bomb Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, described Black Lives Matter as a 'terrorist organization'. 'I don't see BLM as a voice for the Black community in Minneapolis,' he said..."

 

Florida Sheriff: 'The people in Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns. And if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I'm highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns."

https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1267566825560211465

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Videos of US Lynchings Deal Blow to US Soft Power

https://youtu.be/BsgFq5RrF70

"As global protests for BLM and George Floyd continue, some of the larger gatherings abroad have been seen in London and across the UK. MP George Galloway weighs in...."

 

Trudeau Refuses to Criticize Trump Over Handling of US Protests

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/02/americas/canada-trudeau-silence-us-protes...

"The pause said a lot..."

 

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After discussions with the Floyd family it has been agreed that Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden will attend the funeral for George Floyd Thursday.

 

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US Police State Faces Revolt As Trump Expands It At Home and Abroad (and vid)

https://twitter.com/TheGrayZoneNews/status/1267943861143339008

"Dr Gerald Horne on the George Floyd protests, the black freedom struggle and Trump's escalation of police repression at home and around the world..."

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George Floyd Protests Spread Nationwide

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/george-floyd-protests-06-02-20/

"Former President George W Bush 'anguished by the brutal suffocation' of George Floyd..."

 

CBC National News showing lots of 'arm-in-arm' good cop propaganda to counter bad-cop realities.

https://twitter.com/mkultranews/status/126795946711240294

MSM neutralization and 'healing and kneeling' 'reconciliation' strategy well underway.

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Corporate Voices Get Behind 'Black Lives Matter' Cause

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/business/media/companies-marketing-bl...

"Companies like Nike, Twitter and Citigroup have aligned themselves with the Black Lives Matter movement..."

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The words 'I Can't Breathe" are spelled out by 433 candles by First Nation campaigners in Brisbane's Musgrave Park. The candles symbolise the 432 indigenous Australians who have died in custody since the 1991 Deaths in Custody report and one for George Floyd, killed in the US.

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RCMP officer removed from Nunavut community after video surfaces of arrest

An RCMP officer in Kinngait, Nunavut, has been removed from the community and placed on administrative leave after a video surfaced on social media showing what appeared to be an RCMP officer using the door of a police pickup truck to run down an intoxicated man late Monday night.

In a news release Tuesday, police say the contents of the video gave rise to the concern of the actions of the officer conducting the arrest. 

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'Very concerned by the unnecessary force': justice minister

Nunavut's Minister of Justice Jeannie Ehaloak released a statement after watching the video.

"I have seen the video from Kinngait circulating on social media and am very concerned by the unnecessary force, the violence and the lack of respect I have seen. Nunavummiut should not fear this kind of treatment and disregard for safety and basic rights," the statement reads.

"I met with the RCMP V Division commanding officer this afternoon to express my frustration and outrage at this situation," writes Ehaloak, adding that she has notified the Civil Review Complaints Commission and will request a review once the investigation is complete.

The video surfaced while ongoing rallies in the United States spread to Canada and around the world in response to the death of George Floyd. Floyd, who is black, died last week after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after Floyd pleaded for air and eventually stopped moving.

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During #NationalIndigenousHistoryMonth, let’s speak truth about the history of racism in Canada—built on the wrongful dispossession of lands from Indigenous Peoples+controlled through the use of police-state violence that has resulted in loss of life, freedom, respect and dignity.

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Solidarity against police violence: Photos from Montreal to Vancouver

Protests demanding justice for all victims of police racism drew big crowds across Canada this weekend

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..from the ricochet pics. especially liked one sign so i cropped it. in the 12 step program the prayer where you accept things you can not change. i never bought into that. 

 

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Galloway MOATS Monologue: 'Burn the Village Down!'

https://youtu.be/Qw8v1scE2io

"The US military is being mobilised from sea to shining sea..."

 

'Let's Remember Why People Are Protesting' (and vid)

https://twitter.com/KamalaHarris/status/1267836368870191104

"So elections do matter...I speak as a former prosecutor."

 

Just In: President Barack Obama Will Address The Nation At 5PM EDT

https://twitter.com/SusanofTexas/status/1268201959368069123

"The job of the Republican Party is to loot, rape and murder. The job of the Democratic Party is to pacify the masses so the rich can get away with their crimes..."

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"I can't believe those massive police reforms undertaken by the Obama administration haven't helped alleviate this situation. Haha, just kidding, Obama didn't reform anything."

https://twitter.com/dooglives/status/1268167594152022016

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WWP: No To Martial Law! Defend the Uprsing!

https://solidaritycenter.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/mailing/view?reset=1&i...

"Webinar, Thursday, June 4, 8pm ET, 5 pm PT: What is the character of the rebellion? How can we defend it against repression and division? How do we build from rebellion to revolution?"

 

Youth Seek Justice For George Floyd at Minnesota State Capitol (and vid)

https://twitter.com/UR_Ninja/status/1267880653485297664

"Full stream youth rally yesterday."

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Hedges: The Treason of the Ruling Class

https://twitter.com/ChrisLynnHedges/status/1268050711029469185

"The laws of control over our system of rulership, the misuse of all democratic institutions, the electoral process and laws to funnel money upwards to a handful of oligarchs while stripping us of power, ominously means that the ruling elites can no longer claim the right to a monopoly of violence..."

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Investigation: Montreal journalists face police intimidation, brutality when reporting at protests

Over the past week, protests demanding justice for the victims of police racism and violence have unfolded in cities across North America. In addition to the widespread violence inflicted on protesters, dozens of cases of direct police aggression towards journalists have been documented. Montreal was no exception, and a new investigation from Ricochet illustrates that violence towards journalists is part of a long-standing pattern of police behaviour in the city.

On Sunday night, a group of student journalists and medics had to plead while on their knees with their arms in the air after a police officer pointed a non-lethal gun at them at the end of the Black Lives Matter protest in Place des Arts.

The three reporters from The Link, one of the independent newspapers at Concordia University, said they told the group of riot police they were there as journalists prior to having the gun raised at them near Saint-Laurent metro station. They were uncertain whether it was a rubber bullet gun or one intended for launching tear gas.

“We’re yelling at him, ‘We’re medics, we’re press, don’t shoot!’” recounted Alexandre Denis, one of three who was taking photos that night. “He held that gun up through a few yells of press, journalist, and medic.”

“I felt we were seconds away from getting directly shot at,” Denis said.

Their experience is not unheard of. Dozens of journalists, particularly independent journalists, have been complaining about their encounters with Montreal police for years.

Journalists and photographers have often been collateral damage in the brutality inflicted upon protesters by the police, particularly during the 2012 Quebec student strike and the 2015 anti-austerity movement.....

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DC Transit Union Says Labor Must Join the Movement in the Streets

The president of the labor union that represents Washington, DC’s transit workers called Monday’s violent breakup of a downtown DC protest to make way for President Trump’s photo-op “appalling,” and said the labor movement needs to do more to support the protesters in the streets of America’s cities.

“Everyone in this country should be appalled at that—putting your citizens in harm’s way for a photo-op,” said Raymond Jackson, president of the 13,000-member ATU Local 689, the union that represents workers who keep the buses and trains running in the nation’s capital. “We’re in the middle of a movement, expressing ourselves. You’re seeing a country full of people that are fed up with systemic racism.”

Transit worker unions have offered some of the most visible support to the ongoing protests. Bus drivers in New York City and Minneapolis have refused to carry protesters that police have arrested, something that NYC transit workers also refused to do during Occupy Wall Street. Bus drivers in Washington DC are now taking the same position. 

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On Sunday night, protesters in downtown DC smashed windows and set fires at the headquarters of the AFL-CIO, which is located next to the epicenter of the protests in Lafayette Square. On Monday, ATU Local 689 put out a statement in support of the nationwide protests that zeroed in on the labor movement’s role. 

“Why did young black and brown workers, frustrated with constant injustice, not view the AFL-CIO as their natural ally with over a century of experience in the struggle for equality? Why did they not recognize that act as burning their own house?” the statement read. “What are we doing over the next few weeks to ensure that these workers out in the streets understand that the labor movement stands with them?”

Jackson emphasized that in previous generations, the civil rights movement and the labor movement were closely intertwined. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while supporting a sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis. Now, though, Jackson sees less of a connection between the two movements. He urged unions to take a prominent role in the “social injustice movement” that is propelling the current protests—“I’m sure some of my members are down there protesting,” he said—and to “let communities know we’re here for them,” such as when his members pass out free lunches. 

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3 more cops charged in George Floyd death, other officer’s murder charge upgraded

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Three former Minneapolis police officers were criminally charged Wednesday in connection with the death of George Floyd in their custody, according to court records. 

In addition, Derek Chauvin, a fourth former officer who had already been charged with third-degree murder in the case, will now be charged with second-degree murder, the records show. 

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The family also has demanded that Chauvin face a first-degree murder charge.  

Ben Crump, an attorney for the family, said in a statement that the family’s reaction was that it was a “a bittersweet moment.” 

“We are deeply gratified that @AGEllison took decisive action, arresting & charging ALL the officers involved in #GeorgeFloyd’s death & upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder,” Crump wrote in a post on Twitter. 

A second-degree murder charge carries a statutory maximum sentence of 40 years upon conviction, compared to 25 years for third-degree murder. Actual sentences are often short of the maximum.

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The Movement Gets BIG - And Its Enemies Reveal Themselves

https://www.blackagendareport.com/movement-gets-big-and-its-enemies-reve...

"...The decrepit racial capitalist order appears to be unraveling under the weight of coronavirus, economic depression, and a quantitative leap in people's willingness to confront power through the politics of the street...When things seem like they're coming apart, we need to ask for whom? It may be that things are finally coming together..."

 

Black Misleaders Seek to End Protest

https://www.blackagendareport.com/freedom-rider-black-misleaders-seek-en...

Mass actions present a problem for the rulers. The joint disparagement of grass roots protest by the misleaders and corporate media prove that it has the potential to bring real change. That is why they become more and more shrill by the day and it is why the people must act in opposition to them all."

 

Stephen Jackson is Right: Justice for George Floyd Requires Power to the People

https://www.blackagendareport.com/stephen-jackson-right-justice-george-f...

"As tens of thousands of Black Americans take to the streets in Minnesota and elsewhere in response to George Floyd's murder, the question of power will inevitably loom large over what comes next. Justice for George Floyd and the thousands of BLack people who have suffered a similar fate can only be realized through a decisive shift in power that no existing institution in the US is prepared to bring about on its own. Donald Trump and Joe Biden stand against the self-determination of oppressed nations. Spontaneous rebellion is no crime; it is an inevitability under these conditions of crisis."

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Officials Cutting $100 Million-$150 Million From LAPD Budget, Funds To Be Reinvested In Communities Of Color

As he began to speak about reforming the LAPD during his Wednesday evening press conference, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called this an “urgent moment” for the city, “an inflection point.”

He said he is “committed to making this moment not just a moment.”

Garcetti said he would be making commitments to creating racial equality. “It is time to move our rhetoric towards action to end racism in our city.”

He said the city must move beyond police reforms of the past. “Prejudice can never be part of police work…It takes bravery to save lives, too.”

“We will not be increasing our police budget,” said the mayor. That allocation is pegged at $1.8 billion in the mayor’s previously proposed budget.

Garcetti spoke of “reinvesting in black communities and communities of color.”

The mayor proceeded to announce $250 million in cuts to the proposed budget and to reallocate those dollars to communities of color, “so we can invest in jobs, in education and healing.” L.A. Police Commission President Eileen Decker then announced that $100 million to $150 million of those cuts would come from the police department budget....

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‘This is about vulnerability’: Ingrid Waldron on the links between environmental racism and police brutality

As a teen, Ingrid Waldron knew she had a unique outlook on life. Raised in Montreal, she spent ages 11 through 15 with her family in Trinidad, where she witnessed empowered Black people in high-profile jobs.

She recalls having Black teachers surrounding her during her time in the Caribbean with the message of “you can do it.” But she knew the reality was much different for Black kids in Canada, in schools surrounded by white teachers telling them all the reasons why they wouldn’t succeed at life. 

But the time Waldron had in her early teens to develop a positive self-regard still didn’t protect her from how the outside world saw her. 

It didn’t protect her from the white men who came into Burger King where she was working at the age of 16 and called her the n-word. 

“Imagine, someone hurling the n-word while ordering a burger!” 

Waldron is associate professor of nursing at Dalhousie University in Halifax and head of the ENRICH Project that tracks environmental inequality among communities of colour in Nova Scotia. Waldron is also the author of the book There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities, which spawned a documentary by the same name hosted by Ellen Page.  

Her experiencing uprooting structural violence and systemic racism in Nova Scotia, which she says is often referred to as the “deep south of Canada,” gives her unique insight into the current demonstrations, riots and calls for accountability after the May 25 killing of George Floyd. Floyd, an unarmed and handcuffed Black man died after a police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.

The Narwhal got Waldron’s thoughts on the importance of social unrest the day after hundreds of Nova Scotians took a knee on Halifax’s Spring Garden Road for eight minutes and 46 seconds.

This interview has been edited for brevity......

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Q: Do you see a relationship between the mechanisms behind police violence and environmental racism?

A: Black and Indigenous people are not on the minds of white people. The harms that come to us are not on the minds of white people.

When [Nova Scotia Premier] Stephen McNeil announced the closure of Boat Harbour last year, I thought, wow, the Indigenous community has been calling on the government to close Boat Harbour since the ’80s. [The Northern Pulp mill in Pictou, Nova Scotia, discharged waste into Boat Harbour in the territory of the Pictou Landing First Nation for more than half a century until the plant closed in January 2020].

Why would it take so long after all the activism the communities have been engaged in for this decision to be made?

When it comes to addressing environmental racism, if it has a positive impact on the white community, you keep it going. Closing the mill and addressing environmental racism is often a risk for white people in power who are profiting from these industries. It’s great that the mill was closed at the end of the year, but for the past several decades there was enough evidence to indicate this was harmful to the Mi’kmaq community and it continued anyways.

With police violence, it’s similar. It’s different, but it’s similar in that the physical and emotional impacts on Black bodies are not the kinds of things white people care about.

When I look at George Floyd, I see a white policeman trying to terrorize the Black onlookers. That kind of terror is about the policeman saying, ‘This is what can happen to you. I can put my knee on his neck. This is what I want you to see.’

He was not just harming George Floyd, he was harming those who were watching.

The way he positioned his body — positioned directly in front of the people screaming at him to stop — there’s an arrogance there. He had a knee on the neck and a hand in his pocket. It was a performance.

I’m an academic, I write books and read theory, and we make racism so complex. But it’s not complex in terms of how I receive it. 

Emotionally and spiritually we should focus on the body, on how policemen inflict harm on Black bodies. It’s about terrorizing us emotionally in a way that keeps us caged. 

When I think about environmental racism, I think about terrorizing. 

I had a friend who said, ‘Last night I couldn’t sleep because I kept seeing the image of George Floyd.’ That is what racism is all about. 

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Black Environmentalists Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism

This week, with the country convulsed by protests over the killing of a black man named George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, we decided we’d talk to leading black climate activists about the connections between racism and climate change.

A clear theme emerged from those discussions: Racial and economic inequities need to be tackled as this country seeks to recalibrate its economic and social compass in the weeks and months to come. Racism, in short, makes it impossible to live sustainably.

Here’s what three prominent environmental defenders had to say in interviews this week about how the climate movement can be anti-racist.....

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Reclaim the Block

Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. We believe health, safety and resiliency exist without police of any kind. We organize around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments. We do not believe that increased regulation of or public engagement with the police will lead to safer communities, as community testimony and documented police conduct suggest otherwise.

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In the wake of George Floyd's murder by MPD officer Derek Chauvin, and the Minneapolis Police Department's escalated violence against the city's grieving Black community, Minneapolis is in desperate need of visionary leadership. 

We have called on the Minneapolis City Council to become these visionary leaders by pledging to defund the Minneapolis Police Department and invest in the resources that really keep us safe and healthy, especially in Black communities, Indigenous communities and communities of color. 

1. To never again vote to increase police funding or to increase the police department's budget. 

2. To propose and vote for a $45 million cut from MPD's budget as the City responds to projected COVID-19 shortfalls. 

3. To protect and expand current investment in community-led health and safety strategies, instead of investing in police.

4. To do everything in my power to compel MPD and all law enforcement agencies to immediately cease enacting violence on community members.

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About

MPD150: working towards a police free Minneapolis

MPD150 is a participatory, horizontally-organized effort by local organizers, researchers, artists and activists. It is not the project of any organization. We stand on the shoulders of the work that many organizations have been doing for years and welcome the support of everyone who agrees with our approach. We hope that the process we are developing will help organizers in other cities to establish practical abolitionist strategies.

Enough is Enough!

Enough is Enough! That is both the conclusion and the title of this report, a 150-year performance review of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). The report is the product of an investigation into the conduct of the department over the fifteen decades since its founding in 1867. It includes a survey of its current role and impact, especially on marginalized communities, and an exploration of viable alternatives to the policing model. With this report, we hope to take the idea of police-free communities out of the realm of fantasy and place it firmly in the public agenda as a practical necessity. You can download a PDF copy of the report, listen to the the whole report as an audio book, or read the following sections online.

Where We’ve Been

Where We’re At

Where We’re Going

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