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Thank you, Nancy. This needs to be said again and again.
6 days, 23 hours ago on CI: The Irrelevance of “Innocence”
Thanks for this, Nancy. And how absolutely fascinating that our marvelous "bipartisan criminal justice" reform coalitions have zip to say about racial profiling in policing and prosecution - and nothing about these low-level offenses. Hypocrisy. Smoke and Mirrors.
1 week, 6 days ago on CI: Low-level Offenses and Racial Profiling, Minneapolis Edition
I have concerns about Holder and his tenure, but bless him for the Ferguson, NOLA PD and Mississippi school-to-prison pipeline investigations. DOJ has given us invaluable and largely unprecedented tools to use in organizing. For those who believe he "failed" to bring charges against George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson, well, the law sets a very high bar for demonstrable violations of civil rights in such contexts.
In any case, even had there been charges and trials (unlikely) and convictions (even more unlikely), this wouldn't have put a single dent in structural racism. It wouldn't have introduced structural change. It wouldn't even have contributed to systemic accountability. Moreover, even the idea that such actions would constitute "victory" would only reify the idea that the criminal legal system – with its component parts of policing, prosecution, prisons – is capable of producing justice. In this country, it is not. An ethic of vengeance, white supremacy, economic violence, and gender violence cannot ever produce anything approximating justice.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on CI: The Attorney General of the United States
Silence = Death.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on CI: A Glimpse…
Thanks, Nancy and Dan Berger!
1 month ago on Criminal InJustice: Abolition X
Thanks, Hans, Angola 3 News for never letting go of this. 42 years.
1 month, 1 week ago on Free Albert Woodfox!
Food as an additional form of punishment.
Thank you, Nancy, for laying it out so damn plan.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on CI: Bread and Water Redux
This is exactly how it is. Thanks, Nancy.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on CI: The Supreme Court and the Shape of Social Movements
Here's to a world where nobody is tortured, assassinated, or incarcerated. Tucker was a strange teacher, to be sure...but also a human being. I will always wonder why he could be so split within himself. Rest in peace, Tucker. And may all those your actions harmed also rest in power.
2 months ago on CI: A Dirge for Tucker, Torture, and Dirty Work
Yes. The radical power of the Letter should inspire us all - including into self-reflection about our commitments and willingness to stand in the center of very violent storms.
2 months, 1 week ago on CI: #FreeMLK
Here's to the King of Alcatraz. It is so fitting that, at least in one respect, nature is reclaiming Alcatraz.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: The Rock, Reclaimed
2 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: The Year of Resistance 2015
Thanks, @angola3news. Thinking of Albert Woodfox and hoping for a much better 2015.
3 months ago on CI: Forty-Two Years
And let's not forget that the United States has, for decades, also trained - as well as aided and abetted torturers from other countries. http://www.soaw.org/about-the-soawhinsec/what-is-the-soawhinsec
3 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: Torture and the Lie: “That’s Not Who We Are”
Thank you, Nancy. This history is critical.
4 months ago on CI: In the Long Shadow…
Thanks, Nancy. A much-needed fleshing out of the several #pointergate undercurrents.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: Undercurrents of #Pointergate
@Seeta @nancy a heitzeg Amen, amen, amen. Movement building will be everything. And the candidates we like who did win tended to go big, not try to parse safe passage. A lesson there. Bold, big imagination beyond anything we have heretofore conjured up will help us in the days ahead.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: We Join Forces with Truthout to Separate “Criminal Justice Reform” Fact from Fiction
@Seeta @KayWhitlock @nancy a heitzeg In movement struggles, it makes a world of difference to have colleagues/comrades/friends who are intrepid and willing to stand in great storms. Thank you, Seeta. You truly are the best.
@nancy a heitzeg Resounding cheers to Seeta Persaud and Critical Mass Progress! I'm here for the long haul.
Hope to see you here, at CI, AND at Truthout!
The ubiquity of police violence against black and other communities of color is part of the foundation of U.S. history, not an aberration.
5 months ago on CI: #Ferguson/#Everywhere
@ScottieThomaston @KayWhitlock @nancy a heitzeg amen.
5 months, 1 week 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 3 weeks 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.
6 months ago on CI: Misdirection ~ Imposing Silence; Criminalizing Reality
Seriously right. Thank you, Nancy.
6 months, 1 week 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
6 months, 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.
6 months, 3 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.
6 months, 4 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.
7 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.
7 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?
7 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.
7 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.
8 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.
8 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.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: Follow the Money
This is despicable. Thanks for a powerful piece.
9 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.
9 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."