THREAD 🙋🏾♀️: I keep seeing tweets from people afraid the slogan "defund police" will hurt the movement because it will alienate moderates and Fox "News" watchers. Some are suggesting "demilitarize police" instead. Let's talk. My list @ end.
First, FN watchers won't be behind BLM no matter what. Second, police were killing long before they got tanks. Demilitarization is one small necessary step among many. Third, let's talk about what all we need to do & what "defund" means.
I don't have all the answers, don't remotely claim to, so please keep throwing better ideas out here to see what will stick. We've never had a police system that wasn't racist & sexist, so we need to reimagine with big ideas, not just increment small changes.
Last night I promised a thread about #abortion before Roe v Wade legalized it nationally. Until the mid-1800s, common law allowed abortion until "quickening", when fetal movement can be felt. Toxic abortion remedies & doctors competing w midwives led to… 1/
laws outlawing abortion except where pregnancy was likely to be fatal spreading across the country. Bottled abortion remedies could be and were fatal, and doctors, almost all white and male, didn't want midwives competing with them for pregnancy care. 2/
"In the late 1920s some 15,000 women a year died from [illegal] abortions…In 1971, the year after decriminalization, the maternal-mortality rate in New York State dropped 45%." 3/ theatlantic.com/magazine/archi…