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Ruby Pinto on Art and Activism Working Together

Christian Belanger, Ruby Pinto Chicago Magazine
The focus of the exhibit, Do Not Resist? 100 Years of Chicago Police Violence, curated by For the People Artists Collective, is on the past 100 years of police brutality in Chicago. In particular, we wanted to draw attention to the resistance that’s happened here.

Erica Garner and How America Destroys Black Families

Kashana Cauley New York Times
One way to describe Erica Garner’s last few years is to say she spent them fighting against police brutality. Another way is to say she fought against the forced separation and destruction of black families by the state.


Police are the Problem, Not the Solution

Michael Hirsch The Indypendent
The author argues convincingly and in graphic detail that the problem with police in civil society is not just the lack of adequate training, police diversity, increased militarization or even police methods such as the routine brutalization of many people of color, but the dramatic and unprecedented expansion in the last four decades of the too-accepted social role of police. The problem, the sociologist-author insists, is policing itself.

US Police Killings Undercounted by Half

Jamiles Lartey The Guardian
Harvard study finds over half of deaths wrongly classified, in latest example of databases greatly undercounting police killings

Kap, Cops and Confederate Statues: A Better World Without Double Standards

Frank Serpico CounterPunch
Frank Serpico, who testified against NYPD police corruption in 1972, joined more than 100 African American uniformed officers who demonstrated at a rally supporting NFL player Colin Kaepernick's objections to police abuse and inequality. "Kaepernick was not disrespecting the flag or our vets. I believe that Kaepernick was protesting a corrupt system of justice that allows some police to use excessive force, even the taking of innocent life, without consequences"

John Oliver | Colin Kaepernick

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn't been signed by any team in the NFL because they can't tolerate his silent public protest of police killings. But here's what the NFL does tolerate ...

Nurse Dragged From Hospital By Police

A Salt Lake City nurse is violently detained by police for refusing an illegal order to turn over a patient's blood without his consent.

How Ferguson Changed America ... and Me

Michael Harriot The Root
But for both America and me, Ferguson was different, because it was now. Because of social media, the 24-hour access to media and the domino effect of protests that rippled through cities across the country, white America could finally see up close what was going on.
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