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@nancy a heitzeg More tasers. That'll save lives, right? They should be considered a lethal weapon.
5 days, 1 hour ago on CI: “Broken Windows”/Broken Lives
"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.")
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.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on CI: Follow the Money
This is despicable. Thanks for a powerful piece.
1 month ago on CI: The Mugshot and the Money
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.
1 month, 1 week ago on CI: Connect The Dots
As the poet says, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."
@Domino14 Yes - and every child should have access to excellent education. "No Child Left Behind" is a cruel joke. Good to see you, Domino.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on CI: Justice As Theft
@nancy a heitzeg @KayWhitlock Not just tenure. They're going after collective bargaining, period. And unions in general.
@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...
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. "
Prison Policy Initiative is producing the best, most revelatory charts and infographics on the U.S. incarceration society. Huge gratitude to them.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on CI: Essential Data/Graphics from Prison Policy Initiative
@nancy a heitzeg Thanks to Cohen and Roeder for some clear-eyed cautionary warnings.
"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.
2 months ago on CI: Liberals Take the Bait and Switch ~ the Myth of “Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform”
Pull the curtain away to show us the falsity disguised as the Wizard of Right on Crime.
@nancy a heitzeg An important book.
2 months, 1 week ago on CI: The Time Has Come
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.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: Abolishing Queer Criminalization
Such an important book - congratulations, Nancy and all contributors. And thanks to everyone who is a part of this National Week of Action.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on CI: Words and Action Against Youth Incarceration
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.
3 months ago on CI: Conservative Criminal Justice Reform, A Look Through the Distorted Fun House Mirror
So incredibly painful and so incredibly necessary. Thank you, Nancy, for making the connections.
3 months, 1 week ago on CI: What We Are Capable Of
@nancy a heitzeg Yes. Especially this. Everyone should read Cone's "The Cross and the Lynching Tree."
@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.
Deep gratitude to Robert King, filmmaker Ron Harpelle, and Angola 3 News.
3 months, 2 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
@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.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: Translation
@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."
Yes! Thank you - especially Angela Y. Davis.
And thanks, Nancy, for reminding us...
@nancy a heitzeg Leadership is shared and fluid, according to what is needed at a particular time for a particular purpose.
@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.
4 months ago on CI: Animals Rights, Human Wrongs and the Limits of the Law
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.
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.
4 months, 1 week ago on CI: The Prison Industrial Complex, By the Slice
@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?"
4 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: The Promise/The Peril of This Moment
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?
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.
5 months ago on CI: Stand Against Solitary
@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.
5 months, 1 week ago on CI: Beyond the Pessimism of Certainty
@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.
Thank you, Nancy. And thank you, Howard Zinn, always – and especially for this.
@Richard Lyon amen, Richard.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: Decriminalizing School Discipline
Stellar piece, Nancy. Thank you.
@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.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: A World Without Cages ~Thoughts on Vegan, Trans, and Prison Abolitionist Practices
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.
@nancy a heitzeg@KayWhitlockhow about that. Why are we not surprised? And not surprised when informants recant and prosecutors refuse to listen?
6 months ago on CI: Collective Non-Cooperation
"Drop a dime" informant initiatives turn us all into agents for the PIC. Check out this New Yorker story on how police coerce juveniles into being informants - sometimes with lethal results the police walk away from. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/09/03/120903fa_fact_stillman
@badphairy@KayWhitlock Also, we need to be aware of just how massive resistance to school desegregation was. Here's a great book about Prince Edward County, VA in the wake of Brown v. Board - there was an African American student strike over unequal educational conditions and resources, and when Brown came down, the school district literally shut down for 5 years. And I know you know who was hurt the worst - private academies for white kids sprang up like wildflowers. http://www.amazon.com/Browns-Battleground-Students-Segregationists-Struggle/dp/0807835072/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389836820&sr=1-2&keywords=Prince+Edward+County%2C+VA+desegregation
And then there was Sunflower County, MS, where the segregation/desegregation/school to prison pipeline transition was seamless. The same school board members who presided over a segregated school system presided over a "desegregated" one. Great film: The Intolerable Burden, so worth seeing. http://icarusfilms.com/new2003/into.html
6 months, 1 week ago on CI: Feds Finally Take Action to End School to Prison Pipeline
@ScottieThomastonIntersections, Scottie, for sure. Especially when you look at intersection of race/disability - not only in school punishments, but also in prisons, and especially in use of extended solitary confinement.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: Feds Finally Take Action to End School to Prison Pipeline
Thanks, Nancy, and thanks to the groups you list below.
Expect another form of "states rights/local rights." Here in MT, the county attorney is making a crusade out of opposing DOJ on handling of rape/sexual assault issues, and he's getting a lot of support from around the country (although local police and university officials are cooperating with DOJ). The school to prison pipeline is the white supremacist revenge for school desegregation.
Thank you, Nancy. Grim, but necessary reading. Here in Missoula, we're dealing with yet another city effort to further criminalize homelessness/poverty.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: Poverty as a Prison
@Bob PhillipsAnd to you, Bob - a very, very bold and audacious New Year.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: Imagination, at the Intersections
Thanks, Nancy. It's hard not to be almost entirely reactive to the never-ending onslaught of political viciousness and systemic racism that characterize the present moment. But we must break free of the cycle of reactivity, and it will require the boldest, most disruptive forms of imagination we have to do so. Movement building and grassroots organizing are essential, and bold imagination can help to fuel them.
And thank you for making the links between the earth, the ecologies, the intersections at the level of species. Essential.
Here's to a bold 2014.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on CI: Imagination, at the Intersections
Hmmmmm, indeed, Bob. Fascinating.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: More Than 1000 Words…
That's the word.
Yes - this is how it is. This is the society we live in. And it will change if we determine that it will and work like hell to make it so. Thank you for this clarity.