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@Seeta @nancy a heitzeg You are right, Seeta.  Some people do see.  Others make a conscious or unconscious choice to refuse to see – or what is truly chilling:  saw and turned away from what they saw.  But Ferguson is going to be a catalyst in the same way the murder/lynching of Emmett Till was a catalyst.  Details of movement response will be different.  But too many people saw what really happened.  As when Emmett Till's mother defied the Mississippi sheriff's decree that Till's casket remain closed.  She threw it open for the world to see. 

4 days, 6 hours ago on CI: #Ferguson, Spectacle and Script

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You speak for me, too, Nancy.

4 days, 9 hours ago on CI: #Ferguson, Spectacle and Script

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@Seeta But only for the heavy lifting of dismantling; not for the vision.  That should come from communities of color already working for transformative justice visions.

1 week, 4 days ago on CI: Dispersing the White Fog Enveloping Ferguson

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@Seeta Thank you, Seeta. We do all share responsibility.  And I'm going to put special responsibility on white people. 

1 week, 4 days ago on CI: Dispersing the White Fog Enveloping Ferguson

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If you're not already involved in activism to stop police violence and abolish the prison industrial complex, please get involved.

1 week, 4 days ago on CI: Dispersing the White Fog Enveloping Ferguson

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Police violence is not, and never was, an aberration.  Especially for communities of color, it is the norm.  Where are the white leaders speaking against this?

2 weeks, 4 days ago on CI: No Justice, Still, for Us

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No decent society does this to its children.  And how will "reform" address this in more than a glancing, and wholly inadequate way?  The focus of reform should be dismantling structural racism.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on CI: There Are No Children Here

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Sending love and strength to everyone who is, or who is soon to be part of great, interdependent movements for real justice.

1 month ago on CI: Defiant Displays of White, Patriarchal Power

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@nancy a heitzeg More tasers.  That'll save lives, right? They should be considered a lethal weapon.

1 month, 1 week ago on CI: “Broken Windows”/Broken Lives

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"Broken Windows" policing was introduced with a massive fanfare of publicity and media attention.  I hope readers know that James Q. Wilson, with other cronies, also fanned the flames of "tidal waves of juvenile superpredators from the 'inner cities'" BS in the 90s.  (And  now these folks announce they're in the forefront of criminal justice "reform.")

Thanks, Nancy.

1 month, 1 week ago on CI: “Broken Windows”/Broken Lives

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So many universities - not only Temple – are in a frenzied race to serve the research needs of corporations.  Independent, my a$$. Thanks, Nancy.  Another dot connected.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on CI: Follow the Money

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This is despicable.  Thanks for a powerful piece.

2 months, 1 week ago on CI: The Mugshot and the Money

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Don't miss the links to police recruiting videos:  wet dreams for war gamers.  Chilling that this is how even small police departments are reaching out.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: Connect The Dots

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As the poet says, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6y7AXw5U6w

2 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: Connect The Dots

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@Domino14 Yes - and every child should have access to excellent education.  "No Child Left Behind" is a cruel joke. Good to see you, Domino.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: Justice As Theft

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@nancy a heitzeg @KayWhitlock Not just tenure.  They're going after collective bargaining, period.  And unions in general.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: Justice As Theft

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@nancy a heitzeg Thanks, Nancy.  Watch for this stuff to accelerate.  And anybody who buys that an "anti-big business libertarian win" was what took out Cantor, then that bridge in Brooklyn is still for sale...

2 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: Justice As Theft

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And just yesterday – after this piece was finished – came this ruling on a California lawsuit "brought by deep-pocketed corporate special interests intent on driving a corporate agenda geared toward privatizing public education and attacking educators. "

http://dianeravitch.net/2014/06/10/the-vergara-verdict-tenure-and-seniority-laws-ruled-unconstitutional-in-california/

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-teacher-protections-ruling-20140610-story.html#page=1

2 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: Justice As Theft

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Prison Policy Initiative is producing the best, most revelatory charts and infographics on the U.S. incarceration society.  Huge gratitude to them.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on CI: Essential Data/Graphics from Prison Policy Initiative

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@nancy a heitzeg Thanks to Cohen and Roeder for some clear-eyed cautionary warnings.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on CI: Essential Data/Graphics from Prison Policy Initiative

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"Bipartisan" reform is a scripted playbook for privatization by Right on Crime – and liberals are jumping uncritically aboard the train.  Just like they did when the Right promoted Tough on Crime.  And the results will be just as dismal. An expansion of private corrections and its technologies.

3 months ago on CI: Liberals Take the Bait and Switch ~ the Myth of “Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform”

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Pull the curtain away to show us the falsity disguised as the Wizard of Right on Crime.

3 months ago on CI: Liberals Take the Bait and Switch ~ the Myth of “Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform”

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@nancy a heitzeg An important book. 

3 months, 1 week ago on CI: The Time Has Come

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Let's all keep the long term vision in mind: abolition of the prison industrial complex, and all social processes of criminalization.  Reforms can be good - but the ultimate goal is larger.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: Abolishing Queer Criminalization

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Such an important book - congratulations, Nancy and all contributors. And thanks to everyone who is a part of this National Week of Action. 

4 months ago on CI: Words and Action Against Youth Incarceration

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Thank you, Nancy.  People are going to be hearing lots of reassurances from the Right, that they're all about compassion as well as cost.  The central question is whether they're dedicated to dismantling all forms of structural racism and other forms of structural violence – and not through "colorblindness."   If not, if this is missing from the vision with which they propose reforms, then watch out.


That's the word:  abolition. 

4 months, 1 week ago on CI: Conservative Criminal Justice Reform, A Look Through the Distorted Fun House Mirror

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So incredibly painful and so incredibly necessary.  Thank you, Nancy, for making the connections. 

4 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: What We Are Capable Of

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@nancy a heitzeg Yes.  Especially this.  Everyone should read Cone's "The Cross and the Lynching Tree." 

4 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: What We Are Capable Of

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@nancy a heitzeg Will people somehow imagines that this redeems the Koch Brothers?  This is a right-wing co-optation that will lead to greater profit centers for corporations.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: What We Are Capable Of

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Deep gratitude to Robert King, filmmaker Ron Harpelle, and Angola 3 News.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: Razor Wire, Prison Cells, and Black Panther Robert H. King’s Life of Resistance –An Angola 3 News interview with filmmaker Ron Harpelle

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@ScottieThomaston @KayWhitlock@nancy a heitzeggreat to see you, too, Scottie.  I've been thinking of you and holding you close in my heart all day. 

5 months ago on CI: Translation

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@ScottieThomaston @nancy a heitzegYes - Bryer is excellent, and his is the voice that will be remembered later.  As Sam Cooke reminded us, "A Change is Gonna Come."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOYuhLNwh3A

5 months ago on CI: Translation

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Yes!  Thank you - especially Angela Y. Davis.


And thanks, Nancy, for reminding us...

5 months ago on CI: Translation

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@nancy a heitzeg Leadership is shared and fluid, according to what is needed at a particular time for a particular purpose. 

5 months ago on CI: Translation

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@nancy a heitzeg Here's to the day when we don't have to deal with the conflicting ethics of whether animals are sentient beings and entitled to justice.

5 months, 1 week ago on CI: Animals Rights, Human Wrongs and the Limits of the Law

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Painful beyond words.  Almost unbearable. Yet if we turn away, how on earth do we fully understand what we're fighting for?  


Thank you, Nancy.  This is an archival reference piece now.


The paradigm of using force to turn people into things - the phrase is Simone Weil's, in her classic analysis of The Iliad - applies here as well.  It's the morally and ethically bankrupt ethic of superiority, supremacy, domination, subjugation, commodification.  We do it to people, to animals and other sentient beings, to the biosphere.

5 months, 1 week ago on CI: Animals Rights, Human Wrongs and the Limits of the Law

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Kudos to Peter Wagner/Prison Policy Initiative for this infographic.  What's most impressive is that it shows the far reach of the prison industrial complex - and hints at how the net widens.  It's not just prison.  It's the whole network of corrections oversight.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: The Prison Industrial Complex, By the Slice

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@nancy a heitzeg @KayWhitlockThank you.  Oh, and question 1 should be expanded to add:  "And what in these reforms works to intentionally dismantle the structural racism which defines the prison system and much of the criminal legal system?"

5 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: The Promise/The Peril of This Moment

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Yes.  To all of it.  When they say, "You people are never satisfied," we simply say, "Why are there no clear responses to these questions?  Why no commitments made to addressing them head on?"  1.)  What in these reforms addresses the pre-emptive criminalization of communities of color and poor people (and queers, women, and others at the intersections of same)?  2.)  What in these reforms helps to dismantle the profiteering prison industrial complex?  3.)  What role does privatizing "community corrections," ranging from monitoring parole and probation to treatment centers to community re-entry play?  4.)  Since accountability for prison profiteers has failed so abysmally, what in these reforms addresses public/community accountability more effectively?


& etc.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: The Promise/The Peril of This Moment

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Kudos to the Hunger Strikers, all the support and advocacy folks who are keeping this in the news, and the NYCLU - first stop and frisk; now solitary confinement.  Thanks for this, Nancy.

6 months ago on CI: Stand Against Solitary

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@ScottieThomaston @KayWhitlockI grieve.  I fall apart,  My heart is broken again and again.  But for some reason - possibly neurosis? – I never feel anything is hopeless.  Although I also don't ever count on things happening as or when I want them to.  I believe I may never live to see some of the changes I'm working for.


I believe I cannot yet comprehend some of the changes that are needed, so I help till the soil for future generations to make those choices.

And every once in a while, I get to see change in real time - as when the farmworkers first began to get union contracts.

I believe every struggle is forever unfinished, but that doesn't discourage me, because forms of injustice and violence like racism and transphobia and misogyny and ableism  and economic violence evolve, according to shifting social and economic and political conditions.  They don't remain static.  But they also don't go away because of this or that victory.  Which is to say:  they don't go away YET.  That is why we continue to struggle.


Glad you're out there tilling the soil, too, Scottie.

6 months, 1 week ago on CI: Beyond the Pessimism of Certainty

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@ScottieThomaston Good to see you, too, Scottie.  I refuse myself the luxury of despair.  In the most seemingly terrible times, something astonishing sometimes happens, and it is never possible to point to only one thing that made this astonishing and good thing happen.  So we must all do what we can, knowing that in some mysterious, ineffable way, it matters.

6 months, 1 week ago on CI: Beyond the Pessimism of Certainty

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Thank you, Nancy.  And thank you, Howard Zinn, always – and especially for this.

6 months, 1 week ago on CI: Beyond the Pessimism of Certainty

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@Richard Lyon amen, Richard.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: Decriminalizing School Discipline

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Stellar piece, Nancy.  Thank you.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: Decriminalizing School Discipline

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@jedwalsh0 @KayWhitlockThanks, Jed, I'll pass along your kind words to Joey and Andrea.  I'm grateful for your work - and this essay is just stunning.  Many thanks.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: A World Without Cages ~Thoughts on Vegan, Trans, and Prison Abolitionist Practices

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Jed, what a powerful commentary.  Thanks for this splendid glimpse into your take on "negotiating the complexities of oppression and compassion."  May we all take inspiration from your profound vision and be so thoughtful.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: A World Without Cages ~Thoughts on Vegan, Trans, and Prison Abolitionist Practices

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@nancy a heitzeg@KayWhitlockhow about that.  Why are we not surprised?  And not surprised when informants recant and prosecutors refuse to listen?

7 months, 1 week ago on CI: Collective Non-Cooperation

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