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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

1 day, 8 hours ago on CI: Torture and the Lie: “That’s Not Who We Are”

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Thank you, Nancy.  This history is critical.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on CI: In the Long Shadow…

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Thanks, Nancy.  A much-needed fleshing out of the several #pointergate undercurrents.

1 month ago on CI: Undercurrents of #Pointergate

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@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.

1 month, 1 week ago on CI: We Join Forces with Truthout to Separate “Criminal Justice Reform” Fact from Fiction

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@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.


1 month, 1 week ago on CI: We Join Forces with Truthout to Separate “Criminal Justice Reform” Fact from Fiction

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@nancy a heitzeg Resounding cheers to Seeta Persaud and Critical Mass Progress!  I'm here for the long haul.

1 month, 1 week ago on CI: We Join Forces with Truthout to Separate “Criminal Justice Reform” Fact from Fiction

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Hope to see you here, at CI, AND at Truthout!

1 month, 1 week ago on CI: We Join Forces with Truthout to Separate “Criminal Justice Reform” Fact from Fiction

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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 month, 2 weeks ago on CI: #Ferguson/#Everywhere

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@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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on CI: #Oct22/Stolen Lives

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Resistance, imagination, relentless persistence.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on CI: #Oct22/Stolen Lives

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@nancy a heitzeg Deacons of Defense.  A forgotten history, but it should never be forgotten.

2 months ago on CI: On Birmingham, #Ferguson and the Meaning of Movement

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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.

2 months ago on CI: On Birmingham, #Ferguson and the Meaning of Movement

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Thanks, Seeta.  And your new photography site is wonderful.

2 months ago on National Wildlife Refuge Week #seerefuges

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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.

2 months, 1 week ago on CI: Ending the School to Prison Pipeline

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The con artistry is brutal and intense.  Mass movements, fueled by imagination and determination, can overcome it.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: Misdirection ~ Imposing Silence; Criminalizing Reality

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Seriously right.  Thank you, Nancy.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: Off Track, The Myth of American Justice

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Thank you for posting, Seeta.


And one more time:  This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, by Naomi Klein

 http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/9/17/thursday_naomi_klein_on_her_new_book


2 months, 3 weeks ago on A Storm Gathers for North American Birds

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@nancy a heitzeg @KayWhitlock Yes, all glittering and seductive - and full of nasty surprises.

3 months, 1 week ago on CI: “PriSchool” ~ Architecture of Oppression

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And they'll try to sell this as a progressive step forward.


Obscene.

3 months, 1 week ago on CI: “PriSchool” ~ Architecture of Oppression

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Thanks, jed!  And huge gratitude to the editors and authors of Captive Genders.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on CI: Captive Genders ~ Embodying Resistance and Envisioning Safety

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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. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on CI: #Ferguson, Spectacle and Script

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You speak for me, too, Nancy.

3 months, 3 weeks 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.

4 months 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. 

4 months 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.

4 months 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?

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 2 weeks 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.

4 months, 3 weeks 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.

4 months, 4 weeks 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.

4 months, 4 weeks 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.

5 months, 1 week ago on CI: Follow the Money

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This is despicable.  Thanks for a powerful piece.

5 months, 3 weeks 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.

6 months 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

6 months 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.

6 months, 1 week 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.

6 months, 1 week 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...

6 months, 1 week 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

6 months, 1 week 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.

6 months, 2 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.

6 months, 2 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.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on The Myth of “Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform”: Mississippi Close-up

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

6 months, 3 weeks ago on The Myth of “Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform”: Mississippi Close-up

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@nancy a heitzeg An important book. 

7 months 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.

7 months, 1 week 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. 

7 months, 3 weeks 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. 

7 months, 4 weeks ago on CI: The Fallacy of Right-Wing Appeals to Race in Criminal Justice Reform

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

8 months ago on CI: What We Are Capable Of

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