So, here’s the thing about settlements paid to families whose loved ones have been harmed or killed by police:

The family deserves every single penny.

*And also (not but)* its taxpayer money and does nothing to hold officers accountable or prevent future harm.
It’s being reported that the settlement in the case of Breonna Taylor’s family includes some reforms that are little to none of what local organizers have been demanding.

A housing credit so the police can live closer? 🧐…
Defunding police as a pathway to abolition also means reinvesting the hundreds of millions of tax dollars that go toward misconduct settlements.…
IF police are going to exist, some suggest they carry liability insurance at *minimum,* so the cost of their misconduct is not passed right back to the communities they abuse.

I think we must do much more, but families who deserve to sue should @ least be paid out by cops.
The truth is, though, that the loss of human life manifests in many costs over time.

Opportunity costs, costs to the mental health of the family, the cost of safety, educational name it. The family pays over and over again. It’s never just $
(Speaking of, I think part of why Trump wants to “win” again is he doesn’t want massive suits for his negligence over COVID, but that’s another story for another day...)
Anyway, I don’t have a pretty bow to this and neither does Breonna’s family. They deserve everything they’ll get-and I also know every family would just rather have their loved one back.

#BreonnaTaylor should be alive.

That’s the only justice there could be.

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19 Sep
I choose the discipline of hope over the ease of cynicism.
I choose fortitude over fatalism.
I choose to be who my ancestors protected and my creator formed.
I choose strategy and organizing as the container for my anger.
I choose to be more than a conqueror.

Good morning.
Note well- I didn’t say “I don’t choose to be sad/anxious/fearful.”

Your feelings are your feelings.
They’re valid.

Sadness is not cynicism, though.
We ought not conflate the two.
I feel all the feels. I have been for weeks. Months. Years. You can’t be living in and through this *waves hands* and not have them. My therapist makes me cry-talk through them.

But as I process, I choose to give my feelings a place to go that helps us heal.
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18 Sep
I know the popular analysis is going to be “we’re screwed,” and I *feel you.*

But nah. RBG didn’t go out like that and neither are we.

I’m not speaking that, and I’m not believing that. We gon fight. That’s what we’re gonna do.
I’ll be realistic. This fight just got way harder.

But I won’t be fatalistic. Not with my ancestors blood running through my veins. H/t to @naomiosaka
.@prisonculture always says “hope is a discipline.”

I think she meant that for us, right now.
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18 Sep

Been in kitchen cooking this up with @BET, @naturbanleague and nearly 50 brilliant Black orgs and partners across the country.

Why? Because NOTHING about us should ever be decided without US. Up and down the ballot.

We wanted to engage voters AND *educate* voters about voting in a pandemic & voting while Black!

You can get registered, check your registration, get your ballot & find your polling place all at! #NationalBlackVoterDay
Among the things I’m proudest of in the campaign? Amplifying & centralizing resources from grassroots partners, like @FLRightsRestore, @LawyersComm & @BlackVotersMtr!

Returning citizens can find out *precisely* if they can and what they need to vote ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾 #NationalBlackVoterDay
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16 Sep
I actually hope you read the article on this one. It’s not just the one day, it’s also posts abt action we can take as part of the #StopHateForProfit campaign from @ColorOfChange & @NAACP

The same campaign that did the #FacebookAdboycott and been pushing on this for years.
I get the way it looks.

But anyone who’s done organizing-digital or grassroots-knows that getting high-profile people means delivering them discrete, finite actions that are clear and can rally their followers to take action.

If you read the article, that’s their goal.
Now, if you have a *fully informed* tactical argument, that’s on you.

But I’d caution us to stop before criticizing if we a) didn’t read the article and b) aren’t doing any of our own organizing or work around hate speech and white supremacy online except complain about it.
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15 Sep
I'm not a fan of using social justice language as a litmus test or a poker than thou competition.

BUT, as I grow, I try to learn in public. Words matter. Here is some of the language I'm working to evolve in my own practice, thanks to the insight of others smarter than me:
Replacing "developed nation" with "westernized democracy."

Why? Because "developed" is a loaded term and us often code for "white" or "capitalist."
Replacing "food desert" with "food apartheid system."

Why? Because desert implies an accidental, almost natural occurrence, when what is true is that the degree to which various communities have access to healthy food that is by design.
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15 Sep
I hope in our righteous horror about the mass forced hysterectomies & sterilization happening in ICE facilities, that we listen closely to the disabled, Indigenous, Black & Immigrant women who have been reporting this same abuse for generations & were met w silence. #AbolishICE
Forced sterilization has been a continual and violent tool of white supremacist patriarchy.

It has been happening to BIPOC, disabled and incarcerated women for as long as America has existed.

It absolutely must end.…
Also a reminder: ICE is only 17 years old.

It wouldn’t need to exist even if it was 217 years old. Still, we should remember that dismantling it is not nearly the impossible charge folks want to say it is.

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