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The ubiquity of police violence against black and other communities of color is part of the foundation of U.S. history, not an aberration.
1 day, 21 hours ago on CI: #Ferguson/#Everywhere
@ScottieThomaston @KayWhitlock @nancy a heitzeg amen.
1 week, 1 day ago on CI: #Oct22/Stolen Lives
@ScottieThomaston @nancy a heitzeg Hi, Scottie! The media may notice now, but they won't side with black communities. At the very best, we'll get "bad apple" theory instead of attention to structural racism. In many cases, we won't even get that.
Resistance, imagination, relentless persistence.
@nancy a heitzeg Deacons of Defense. A forgotten history, but it should never be forgotten.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on CI: On Birmingham, #Ferguson and the Meaning of Movement
Movement building across issues and constituencies is the most important work for us. Thank you for this, Nancy. And thanks to all those in Ferguson who are fighting the good fight. May tangible forms of support and movement building help sustain us all for the long haul.
Thanks, Seeta. And your new photography site is wonderful.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on National Wildlife Refuge Week #seerefuges
Thanks, Nancy, thanks @DignityinSchool, thanks @prisonculture, thanks @project-nia.org, thank you everyone who is working to dismantle every last shard of the school to prison pipeline.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on CI: Ending the School to Prison Pipeline
The con artistry is brutal and intense. Mass movements, fueled by imagination and determination, can overcome it.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on CI: Misdirection ~ Imposing Silence; Criminalizing Reality
Seriously right. Thank you, Nancy.
1 month ago on CI: Off Track, The Myth of American Justice
Thank you for posting, Seeta.
And one more time: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, by Naomi Klein
1 month, 1 week ago on A Storm Gathers for North American Birds
@nancy a heitzeg @KayWhitlock Yes, all glittering and seductive - and full of nasty surprises.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on CI: “PriSchool” ~ Architecture of Oppression
And they'll try to sell this as a progressive step forward.
Thanks, jed! And huge gratitude to the editors and authors of Captive Genders.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on CI: Captive Genders ~ Embodying Resistance and Envisioning Safety
@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.
2 months ago on CI: #Ferguson, Spectacle and Script
@nancy a heitzeg "Don't Shoot" http://foldedwaffle.com/music/audio/55993/the-game-dont-shoot-ft-rick-ross-2-chainz-diddy-fabolous-wale-dj-khaled-swizz-beatz
You speak for me, too, Nancy.
@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.
2 months, 1 week ago on CI: Dispersing the White Fog Enveloping Ferguson
@Seeta Thank you, Seeta. We do all share responsibility. And I'm going to put special responsibility on white people.
Read why "convicting Darren Wilson" is basically impossible: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119157/darren-wilsons-conviction-will-be-basically-impossible
If you're not already involved in activism to stop police violence and abolish the prison industrial complex, please get involved.
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 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: No Justice, Still, for Us
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.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: There Are No Children Here
Sending love and strength to everyone who is, or who is soon to be part of great, interdependent movements for real justice.
3 months ago on CI: Defiant Displays of White, Patriarchal Power
@nancy a heitzeg More tasers. That'll save lives, right? They should be considered a lethal weapon.
3 months, 1 week 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.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: Follow the Money
This is despicable. Thanks for a powerful piece.
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 2 weeks 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.
4 months, 3 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.
4 months, 4 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.
5 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.
5 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.
5 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.
6 months 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.
6 months, 1 week 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.
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
6 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
@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.
7 months 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.