Whenever one attempts to speak about the paradigm of policing, one is forced back into a discussion of particular events—high-profile police homicides and their related courtroom battles, for instance. The spectacular event camouflages the operation of police law as contempt, as terror, its occupation of neighborhoods; the secret of police law is the fact that there is no recourse to the disruption of people’s lives by these activities.
Mike Brown, a recent high school gradutate, was on his way to visit his grandmother in Ferguson, Missouri when he was shot to death police. He was unarmed.
We live in societies that increasingly ramp up their militarized police forces for the purpose of keeping people in a particular social order that benefits a very narrow section of society.
Modern day policing is rooted in slave patrols who in the eighteenth century were used police plantations and hunt down runaway slaves. Slave patrols didn’t need a jury trial or indictment to maim or kill runaway slaves.
Enough is enough. We should be tired of this shit. It’s been hundreds of years of the same impunity. #blacklivesmatter #justiceformikebrown #acab
Now I wanted to say something about the fact that we have lived over these last two or three summers with agony and we have seen our cities going up in flames. And I would be the first to say that I am still committed to militant, powerful, massive, non¬-violence as the most potent weapon in grappling with the problem from a direct action point of view. I’m absolutely convinced that a riot merely intensifies the fears of the white community while relieving the guilt. And I feel that we must always work with an effective, powerful weapon and method that brings about tangible results. But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.
 A few weeks before he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about the conditions that can lead to civil unrest and disorder:
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “As our investigation has shown, for adolescents, Rikers Island is a broken institution. It is a place where brute force is the first impulse rather than the last resort; where verbal insults are repaid with physical injuries; where beatings are routine while accountability is rare; and where a culture of violence endures even while a code of silence prevails. The adolescents in Rikers are walled off from the public, but they are not walled off from the Constitution. Indeed most of these young men are pre-trial detainees who are innocent until proven guilty, but whether they are pre-trial or convicted, they are entitled to be detained safely and in accordance with their constitutional rights – not consigned to a corrections crucible that seems more inspired by Lord of the Flies than any legitimate philosophy of humane detention. These young men, automatically charged as adults despite their age under New York law, may be on an island and out of sight, but they can no longer remain out of mind. Attention must be paid immediately to their rights, their safety and their mental well-being, and in the wake of this report we will make sure that happens one way or another.”
Eric Garner had six children and NYPD decided to use a chokehold on him while he was being arrested for selling loose cigarettes. NYPD is prohibited from using chokeholds. His death has been ruled a homicide. #blacklivesmatter #justiceforericgarner
This is two of the 12 page comic I’m making for/about Marissa Alexander as we build up to her court date regarding the Stand Your Ground law (the one that allowed Travon’s murderer to walk free but was denied of Marissa) on August 1st. I’m going to Jacksonville to support her- there has been a week of action organized for it. Are you in Florida? Want to meet me in Jacksonville on August 1st?
Some of the amazing postcards we’ve been receiving through our Windows From Prison collaboration with Prison Health News and Philadelphia FIGHT. 5000 blank postcards went out to prisoners across the country asking
"If you could create a window in the prison walls, what would you want the world to see?"
No Selves To Defend Anthology: A Legacy of Criminalizing Women of Color for Self Defense
"I was motivated to create the ‘No Selves to Defend Anthology‘ as a fundraising tool and also as an educational and consciousness-raising one. The anthology locates Marissa’s [Alexander] case within a historical context that criminalizes and punishes women (particularly of color) for self-defense.” - Mariame Kaba