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Been wondering for many years if U.S. intelligence agencies are behind many mass shootings.

There's an
in the #UvaldePolice tape.
Is this evidence?

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In one of the most policed cities, with the largest police force, with a budget bigger than many countries, with officers at every subway stop harassing unhoused people and vendors—cops don't prevent or stop violence. No amount of cops or funding for cops will get us to safety.
Predictably, this will be exploited to try & push for even more cops & police funding—it's already begun.

Read our resource Cops Don't Stop Violence & fight back against copaganda & false narratives being used to justify pouring more $$$ into policing:
U.S. police departments in general take the greatest percentage of city and county budgets compared to other municipal departments like housing & healthcare. And since backlash against #DefundPolice began, cities are pouring even MORE money into already bloated police budgets.
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Hey @chicagotribune & @TedSlowik1, the "Ten Shared Principles", like Mitchell Davis alludes to, is window dressing. We’ve seen how it plays out in our communities.

@DailySouthtown @MuckRock
When @Nilespdil were menacing the community with their thin blue line face masks they were also signing onto the Ten Shared Principles. We objected and met with @ilpolicechiefs in good faith. They seemed amenable to helping but ultimately ghosted us.…
In #FOIA we saw how @VNilesIL was positioning themselves to escape accountability. @edwojcicki of the @ilpolicechiefs even referenced @MountProspect saying “the blue line remains”. Thanks Ed, we joined that struggle & the blue line is now GONE.…
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1. Why it’s important to elect NEW Hamilton city councillors in 2022: a thread 🧵

#HamOnt #onpoli #defundpolice #elxn2022

Many Hamilton city councillors have ties to the Hamilton Police Services Board (HPSB) that extend beyond their roles in government. The ties between power and policing are undeniable and extremely dangerous to our communities.

#HamOnt #onpoli #defundpolice #elxn2022

Councillors should not be making decisions about policing if they have family in the force. Councillors should not be making decisions about policing if they cannot prioritize Black and Indigenous, disabled and houseless people.

#HamOnt #onpoli #defundpolice #elxn2022

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#Defundapalooza was EVERYTHING!!! Amazing resources from amazing organizers & thinkers across the country for campaigns to #DefundPolice #RefundCommunities #DefendBlackLives many HOT off the presses, like authors hadn't actually seen the designed version of some! Missed it? 👇🏽
We shared @projectnia's #DefundthePolice video , disponible en español tambien aqui:…
As well as the Police Abolition 101 zine collabo between @projectnia & @interruptcrim, based & expanding on @MPD_150's resource - disponible en español pronto!… #DefundPolice #DefundthePolice #Defundapalooza
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As we near the end of the year, here's a round-up of some of the tools that we've created & contributed to in 2020 connected to #DefundThePolice (1/4) Image
#DefundPolice: Concrete Steps Toward Divestment From Policing & Investment in Community Safety (2/4) Image
What's Next? Safer and More Just Communities Without Policing (3/4) Image
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The abolitionists of the 1800s lost a big audience when they said the institution of chattel slavery couldn't be redeemed. Slave owners--many rich and powerful--felt alienated by the statement. It was polarizing. In fact, it led to war. #DefundPolice…
It would have been more diplomatic to call for reform: To stop beating slaves, to not separate parents from children, but allow the institution's core--one pop. of people owning another--to continue unfettered. Perhaps they might have won more over to their cause. #DefundPolice
Black people are no longer (literal) property in this country because the abolitionist movement called for slavery's abolition. It took a war for that demand to become reality. But the institution ended because of the clarity of movement, and its radical vision. #DefundPolice
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Yesterday, Salt Lake City police shot an unarmed 13-year-old autistic boy & the Rochester chief of police stepped down amid protests over the murder of #DanielPrude, another neurodivergent Black man in crisis.…… 1/
This is why we need to say #BlackDisabledLivesMatter & #BlackAutisticLivesMatter. This is why we need to make sure that disability is a part of conversations about police brutality, because it's a part of the story at least 33-50% of the time. (See…). 2/
This is why I focused on the cases of #NeliLatson & #MatthewRushin for my first contribution to #ScholarStrike.

Because their stories are not unique.

#FreeNeli #FreeMatthewRushin #RushinToBringMatthewHome 3/
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It's good that more ppl are aware of the overlap between law enforcement, vigilante militias, and white nationalist organizing, but I'm also disturbed by the discourse that one has "infiltrated" the other. They are the same. #DefundPolice #AbolishPolice…
The overlap between law enforcement and white nationalism isn't a recent event. One is inseparable from the other. If police departments evolved from slave patrols, then policing begins with the goal of white nationalism. #DefundPolice #AbolishPolice…
A cursory review of US history reveals this: Sundown towns, the birth of the KKK, race riots in which police watched white ppl to destroy neighborhoods of color. Policing and white nationalism have been bonded from their inception. #DefundPolice #AbolishPolice
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A Suntimes reporter quoted our tweet, where we basically called CPD a state sponsored & protected gang. CPD has shot & jailed #LatrellAllen & shot & killed #MiguelVega!

Yesterday a Sheriff & a off duty cop shot people in 2 separate incidents!

#LatrellAllen fortunately survived being shot in the back by CPD & like #JacobBlake he was handcuffed to his bed in the hospital while getting treatment for his injuries. They criminalized him & sent him straight to jail!…
#MiguelVega’s family says that he was running away from the gunfire when he got killed by CPD! He won’t be able to share his story & like Latrell he has also been criminalized by CPD & the media! Please donate what you can.…
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The uprising in defense of Black lives represents the largest social movement in U.S. history. As more people say #BlackLivesMatter, local and federal law enforcement are harassing, arresting, and charging activists and organizers with made-up charges.

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We demand that charges are dropped against all protesters, including Black disabled, Black queer, trans, & gender-nonconforming folks who are more likely to be targeted for arrest -- & an immediate end to the practice of persecuting protesters in the U.S.

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Police all over the country have tear-gassed, dragged, beaten, run over, & arrested over 10,000 protestors for defending Black lives. Amnesty International recorded 125 incidents of police violence against protestors from May - June 2020 in 40 states.

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#tdih 1866 Massacre of African Americans in New Orleans who were defending rights (incl. vote.) Attacked by white mobs and police (that included ex-Confederates). Time to #TeachReconstruction and long history of voter suppression. #DefundPolice Read ⬇️…
Teachers: Here is 3-lesson unit on long history of voter suppression and organizing for right to vote. For grades 7+. Includes testimony by Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer. #TeachVotingRights on this 150th anniversary yr of 15th Amend. Free book for teaching story.…
1866 NOLA Massacre is one of countless in U.S. history to suppress voting rights, land own., economic adv., education, press freedom, religion, LGBTQ rights, &/or labor rights of African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, & immigrants.…
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Want to know what LAPD harassment looks like?

I tape these cops not wearing masks and I leave. They come around corner & - over the loudspeakers - call me out by name. Why? FoxNews LA ran a story about LAPD that used my tweets(1/6) @LAPD_NoMask @ginasilvafox11 #BLM #DefundPolice
I turn the corner, and here they come driving down Sunset BLVD when they, over-the-speakers, call me out (BY NAME). Smh

3 mins later I see them again w/suspects lined up. I film. Rather than focus on his job he gets confrontational & asks me “am I compliant?”

He wasn’t tho: 2/6
So because I exercise my 1st amendment right to film any public employee doing their jobs in public, they get mad. But it’s stops like this that make me film. They have 4 suspects pulled out of the car, lined up facing a fense. One with cuffs on. Why? Well....

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NEW: A coalition of grassroots & racial justice orgs fighting to dismantle 94 Crime Bill just sent this letter to @SpeakerPelosi, urging Congress once again to stop fueling nation’s policing, criminalization, and incarceration crises through funding allocations.
Were Congress to continue funding policing,
particularly at levels it's considering this appropriations period, it would represent a staggering & unforgiveable undermining of #DefendBlackLives & #DefundPolice movement and the needs of communities nationwide during this pandemic.
It would be unconscionable for Congress to ignore and ultimately reject the central tenet of the largest social movement in U.S. history if it were to now send hundreds of millions of dollars to reinforce police budgets, police power, and police departments’ violent behavior.
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NEW DOCUMENTS obtained by #FOIA request indicate the US Border Patrol union—a pro-Trump, anti-immigrant extremist organization—provoked the agency to raid our humanitarian aid camp and clinic in 2017. The documents also reveal #BORTAC’s involvement in the raid (1/x)
The documents include an email to top level CBP commissioners, urging the agency to crack down on @NoMoreDeaths. While the sender is redacted, we deduce that the author is Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council and notorious anti-immigrant fanatic.
The BP Union is one of the most powerful law enforcement unions in the country. It is a notoriously anti-immigrant extremist group. Judd regularly associates with other hate groups (like @FAIRImmigration) and acts as Trump's unofficial advisor.…
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Part of the problem with #DefundPolice concept is the failure of existing social service providers, even when very well funded. Compared to DHS (NYC Homeless Services) the NYPD is a goddamned model of transparency, accountability, efficiency, and value for dollar spent.
Put cynically, NYC is spending $2 billion a year ($30,000 annually for every homeless man woman and child) so people can profit homelessness. The city rains dollar on "non-profit" service providers who perpetuate the problem and kickback pennies to politicians.
"60,000 or 78,604 people, it's not going down. Despite (or because of) billions spend on "social services."
"Federal Data Show Nearly 80,000 Homeless in New York City; Number is about 15,000 more than the figure used by Mayor Bill de Blasio."…
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Wednesday’s @ProgNewsDaily contains over 100 articles & videos you NEED to see to stay current on the latest developments in: the federal judge assassination attempt,

Please ❤️ RT Follow & subscribe via email!…
another dead soldier at #FtHood, more @_michaelbrooks video tributes, lots of coverage of the #Constitutionalviolations happening in #Portland, #RealityWinner diagnosed with #COVID19, #defundpolice, so many stories!

Please ❤️ RT Follow @ProgNewsDaily…
Wednesday’s Top Articles:

* #FortHood IDs Another Soldier Found Dead Off Post - @Militarydotcom

Please ❤️ RT Follow & subscribe to @ProgNewsDaily via email!…
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I want to bring it back to #BlackLivesMatterAustralia and share some of the stories/voices of the families that I'm working closely with.

There's 438 black deaths since 1991. There are so many stories you should know. #SayTheirNames
Blak deaths in custody continue at horrific rates - despite 29 years ago a Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths In Custody which set out a roadmap of why and how to prevent blak deaths. The 339 recommendations have been ignored. Read them here.…
Blak deaths in custody continue for many reasons but largely the systemic, structural & direct racism in the justice & coronial systems, lack of accountability & because we are mass incarcerated in the first place. Our mob are 28% of prisons but only 2% of the population.
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Here’s a breakdown of how you can prepare for federal intervention in your city and how you can you support Portland right now. (1/3) ImageImageImageImage
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A brilliant young person in my workshop for @projectnia's Abolitionist Youth Organizing Institute reminded us that folks with mental illness are more likely to be the recipients of violence than the perpetrators. #DefundPolice #FundMentalHealth #AYONYC
It's super similar to folks accusing/stigmatizing trans people as being perpetrators of sexual violence, when it is way more common for trans people to be the targets of sexual violence. #DefundPolice #FundMentalHealth
I'm guilty of discussing funding mental healthcare as a way to stop people with mental illness from harming others. We should start reframing it as a way to protect folks with mental illness from being harmed--particularly by prisons and police. #DefundPolice #FundMentalHealth
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One of my pet peeves is when people of privilege (particularly but not exclusively white people) dismiss a demand being made by the people they are oppressing as implausible or impossible because "you will never get people to support it." #DefundPolice
As though popular support is required for them to stop harming other people. As though public opinion doesn't include themselves. As though the "people" they're referring to are off wandering around somewhere else, and not engaged in the exact battle at hand. #DefundPolice
Stop saying "people will never support reparations" if what you mean is "I don't support reparations." Stop saying "people will never support defunding police" if what you mean is "I'M afraid to defund police." #DefundPolice
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Some of my favorite images from last nights #DecolonizeZhigaagoong action. #DefundCPD #DefundPolice #BlackLivesMatter ImageImageImageImage
That racist statue will come down. We will #DefundCPD. We will achieve #PoliceFreeSchools. Black and indigenous people will be free in Chicago and everywhere. #DecolonizeZhigaagoong #BlackLivesMatter
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This is the argument police depts. nationally are relying on as demands to #DefundPolice mount: That cutting police depts. is a racial justice issues because it will disproportionately impact officers of color. #AbolishPolice #DefendBlackLife…
It's the exact argument #LoriLightfoot made shamefully in the NYT weeks ago, insisting that jobs in the police dept. were one of the only paths to middle-classness for Black and brown Chicagoans. #DefundPolice #AbolishPolice #DefendBlackLife…
Forget the fact that this logic (which acknowledges that lower ranking and rookie officers are disproportionately Black and brown) is already admitting the structural racism inherent within police depts. #DefundPolice #AbolishPolice #DefendBlackLife
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Why #DefundPolice is overdue

Central @NYCLU Chapter Director @YusufAQ on how POC subsidize Syracuse police budget that benefits suburbs

July 2, 2020
People's Agenda for Police Reform

h/t @ava

Subtitles by @mayatcontreras
Full speech and entire hearing is on YouTube
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