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Why Police Reform Is Not Enough

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Why Police Reform Is Not Enough
By Alex Vitale
Posted July 1, 2020

police reform is not enoughBy conceptualizing the problem of policing as one of inadequate training and professionalization, reformers fail to directly address how the very nature of policing and the legal system serve to maintain and exacerbate racial inequality. By calling for colorblind “law and order” they strengthen a system that puts people of color at a structural disadvantage and contributes to their deep social and legal estrangement.

At root, they fail to appreciate that the basic nature of the law and the police, since its earliest origins, is to be a tool for managing inequality and maintaining the status quo. Police reforms that fail to directly address this reality are doomed to reproduce it.

These reforms may improve the efficiency of police bureaucracies and improve relations with those active in police-community dialogues between communities and the police but will do little to address the racially disparate outcomes of policing. That is because even racially neutral enforcement of traffic laws will invariably punish poorer residents who are least able to maintain their vehicles and pay fines. Well-trained police following proper procedure are still going to be arresting people for mostly low-level offenses, and the burden will continue to fall primarily on communities of color because that is how the system is designed to operate—not because of the biases or misunderstandings of officers. More…

What Happened to Crime in Camden, New Jersey?

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What Happened to Crime in Camden, New Jersey?
by Sarah Holder
Posted June 28, 2020

Camden police reforms are workingCamden is now something of a showroom for community policing techniques. Officers are trained to use handguns and handcuffs only as tools of last resort. To increase accountability, members of the department are equipped with GPS tracking devices, and many wear body cameras that were designed in 2016 with community input. The impact of body cameras on police officers is disputed and inconclusive, but the hope is that they encourage officers not to use force unnecessarily.

So what’s happening in this city, which for many years has been deemed among the dangerous in America? Thomson, who took the helm of the Camden police force in 2008, says the biggest factor may have been the change in structure of the department itself. In 2013, the Camden Police Department was disbanded, reimagined, and born again as the Camden County Police Department, with more officers at lower pay—and a strategic shift toward “community policing.”

That meant focusing on rebuilding trust between the community and their officers. More…

The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months

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The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months
by Rutger Bregman
Posted June 7, 2020

what would really happen?For centuries western culture has been permeated by the idea that humans are selfish creatures. That cynical image of humanity has been proclaimed in films and novels, history books and scientific research. But in the last 20 years, something extraordinary has happened. Scientists from all over the world have switched to a more hopeful view of mankind. This development is still so young that researchers in different fields often don’t even know about each other.

It’s time we told a different kind of story. The real Lord of the Flies is a tale of friendship and loyalty; one that illustrates how much stronger we are if we can lean on each other. After my wife took Peter’s picture, he turned to a cabinet and rummaged around for a bit, then drew out a heavy stack of papers that he laid in my hands. His memoirs, he explained, written for his children and grandchildren. I looked down at the first page. “Life has taught me a great deal,” it began, “including the lesson that you should always look for what is good and positive in people.” More…

Feds flew an unarmed Predator drone over Minneapolis protests to provide “situational awareness”

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Feds flew an unarmed Predator drone over Minneapolis protests to provide “situational awareness”
By Rebecca Heilweil
Posted May 30, 2020

Predator drones now being used on US soil to monitor protestsThe fact that the government uses a range of technology to surveil protesters, including black activists, is by no means new. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were both surveilled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). But the technology that police departments and federal authorities now have access to is much more powerful than what was around in the 1960s. Some of these tools, like Predator drones, would not be out of place on foreign espionage missions, and now they’re increasingly deployed to monitor activists and protesters inside US borders.

The drone’s deployment is part of a larger trend in which government agencies, including police, are using increasingly powerful surveillance tools for monitoring activists. The use of the military-grade drone technology also raises concerns about the federal government deploying sophisticated drone technology typically only used in war zones and along the border — an already highly alarming practice — to conduct surveillance operations inside the US.

“This is what happens when leaders sign blank check after blank check to militarize police, CBP, etc while letting violence go unchecked,” tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in response to news of the drone flight. “We need answers. And we need to defund.” More…

Why Humanity Should Look To Its Roots As We Revillage Our Towns And Cities

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Why Humanity Should Look To Its Roots As We Revillage Our Towns And Cities
By April M. Short
Posted May 26, 2020

rebuilding communitiesOur current ways of living are life-threatening and unsustainable. Our increasingly individualized society is contributing to epidemic levels of loneliness and isolation, depression, anxiety and other mental health crises. There is a serious need for people to reconnect with community—and also with the planet as there is perhaps an inextricable link between our anxiety and depression epidemics, and the existential threat of climate change (which has very real physical, mental and emotional impacts).

Faced with this dire need for something to change, there is a growing movement of communities and individuals looking to new ways of living—and old ones.

The potential solution to all of the above issues could be as simple as looking back in time at the structures and cultural dynamics of our villager ancestors, explains Mark Lakeman, an urban architect, permaculture pioneer and national leader in the development of sustainable communities and public spaces. More…

Even Scientific American admits that 5G could devastate public health

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Even Scientific American admits that 5G could devastate public health
By Ethan Huff
Posted April 8, 2020

studies show 5G dangersThere’s a growing consensus even among establishment scientists that the introduction of 5G isn’t a good thing for human health.

An article recently published by Scientific American, believe it or not, actually calls into question the safety of 5G technology, which is being rolled out all around the world without any legitimate proof that it’s actually safe.

Entitled. “We Have No Reason to Believe 5G is Safe,” the article points to research conducted by Joel M. Moskowitz from the University of California, Berkeley suggesting that cellular technology in general, including Wi-Fi and 5G, are significantly more harmful to human health than the government and telecommunication industry would have us all believe. More…

Mikhail Gorbachev: When The Pandemic Is Over, The World Must Come Together

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Mikhail Gorbachev: When The Pandemic Is Over, The World Must Come Together
By Mikhail Gorbachev
Posted May 14, 2020

Mihail GorbachevDuring the first months of this year, we have seen once again how fragile is our global world, how great the danger of sliding into chaos. The COVID-19 pandemic is facing all countries with a common threat, and no country can cope with it alone.

The immediate challenge today is to defeat this new, vicious enemy. But even today, we need to start thinking about life after it retreats.

Many are now saying the world will never be the same. But what will it be like? That depends on what lessons will be learned. More…

Ministry of Pharma: The 2020 National Vaccine Plan

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Ministry of Pharma: The 2020 National Vaccine Plan
by Dr. Sherri Tenpenney & James Grundvig
Posted May 13, 2020

watching you very closelyHow many of you remember reading about the Ministries of Love, Peace, Plenty, and Truth in George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984? If we were to create another ministry today, it would be the Ministry of Pharma. And that ministry has plans for you through promising health while delivering disease. While the majority of Americans waltz through the motions of their daily lives, Big Pharma hijacked our political system to skirt laws and has helped to roll out its omniscient vaccine agenda.

The ominous program will be more than one size fits all. It will consist of a top-down, full-blown compliance program, force-feeding vaccines to all regardless of age, gender, or infirmity. As always, safety will be cast aside while pharma tramples individual rights and everyone’s health. The fascist plan is being created today within by our national leaders without public discussion.

The vaccine manufacturers realize that cajoling politicians to write and pass mandatory vaccination legislation takes time. In the current climate, messy court fights ensue that may reach the US Supreme Court. The vaccine producers needed another way to secure full, unobstructed compliance for all: it will be the 2020 National Vaccine Plan (NVP), a federal program being fast-tracked into action after nearly a decade of development. More…

How You Can Practice ‘Radical Neighboring’ Against Coronavirus

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How You Can Practice ‘Radical Neighboring’ Against Coronavirus
by Simon Greer
Posted May 6, 2020

being a good neighborAs we create “social distance” to protect ourselves and our loved ones and “flatten the curve,” we are also facing fear.

Many of us are anxious, afraid, and unsure. Will this be our new normal? Will I get sick? Will I overreact? Underreact? Am I putting my family in harm’s way?

So we move through the fear, hunker down, and wait it out—and the comparisons swirl. Is this like 9/11, Hurricane, Sandy, the 1918 flu, SARS, Ebola or like nothing we have ever experienced before?

And what do we do to maintain our humanity and connection in a situation in which keeping our distance is the key to survival and being a good citizen? How can we transform “social distance” into just “physical distance”?

Being a good citizen is being a good neighbor—so what do “good neighbors” look like in the time of panic buying, hand sanitizer, and physical avoidance? More…

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It is obvious that the US government is destroying Assange to signal to journalists the consequences of publishing information. It is therefore also obvious that any journalist who fails to use whatever platform they have to speak out against Assange’s persecution has no intention of ever publishing anything that the US government doesn’t want published. Their silence on or support for what is being done to this man can and should be taken as an admission that they are nothing other than state propagandists.

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It’s quite fitting that the – imperially pre-determined – judicial fate of Julian Assange is being played out in Britain, the home of George Orwell.

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