MINNEAPOLIS VOTES TO DISMANTLE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Minneapolis City Council on Friday unanimously approved a proposal to change the city charter to allow the police department to be dismantled, following mass public criticism of law enforcement over the killing of George Floyd.

The proposed amendment next goes to a policy committee and to the city’s Charter Commission for a formal review, at which point citizens and city officials can also weigh in.

Activists had long accused the department of being unable to change a racist and brutal culture, and earlier this month, a majority of the council proclaimed support for dismantling the department.

It is time to start from scratch and reinvent what public safety looks like.

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PROTESTS AT COOK COUNTY JAIL AWAKEN PRECKWINKLE

A day after Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle voiced support for defunding police, the County Board on Thursday advanced a measure resolving to redirect money from the failed and racist systems of policing.

The resolution was introduced by Commissioner Brandon Johnson.

“It is time for Cook County government to take a bold step forward to break the systemic cycle of oppression and subjugation of a significant portion of its population,” Johnson said during a virtual board meeting Thursday.

“The Justice for Black Lives resolution is a demonstration that the Cook County Board of Commissioners will decisively break the back of residential segregation, inequity, over-policing and disinvestment in predominantly Black communities.”

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DAVE CHAPPELLE: 8 Minutes & 46 Seconds

“Are you guys having a good time? Or is this weird?” Both, Dave. Both.

But we needed this, chairs outlined in red, Social Distanced. We needed this, you hitting the stage.

You never put your hands in your pockets, Dave. Only to reach for a lighter.

You’re a warrior.

8 Minutes & 46 Seconds!

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HASHTAG BLACK LIVES MATTER: Origin Story

The story of 3 brilliant black women who wrote a love letter to black people and reshaped the narrative.

How they brought people at the margins together to build their power.

Exposing how the police are there to help unjust systems thrive.

Recognizing the power of Social Media but always remembering we have to show up…physically.

Stepping away from the false narrative of respectability politics, into the gloriousness of our wretchedness.

Thanks you Alicia Garza. Thank you Opal Tometi. Thank you Patrisse Cullors.

#BlackLivesMatter

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POLICE BATONS, RUBBER BULLETS, TEAR GAS & NOW THE FINAL INSULT…MICROWAVE POPCORN!

As many as 13 Chicago police officers broke into Rep. Bobby Rush’s Chicago campaign offices to lounge on chairs, drink coffee and make popcorn while looters vandalized nearby businesses in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, Rush and Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Thursday.

The two Illinois Democrats stood together at a news conference to call out the actions, which took place at the end of May. While they spoke, images of officers “in repose,” as Rush said, were flashed on a screen.

“Looting was going on, buildings were being burned, officers were on the front lines truly taking a beating with bottles and pipes, and these guys were lounging — in a congressman’s office,” Lightfoot said. “The utter contempt and disrespect is hard to imagine.”

The mayor added that “it’s almost inconceivable with what was going on … where looting continued into Monday morning, having started Saturday night.”

“Look at this guy, sleeping on a congressman’s couch,” Lightfoot said, pointing to an image of an officer.

Rush added: “They even had the unmitigated gall to go and make coffee for themselves and to pop popcorn — my popcorn — in my microwave while looters were tearing apart businesses within their sight and within their reach.”

“When you swear an oath to serve and protect, you are a Chicago police officer — not a police officer only for certain neighborhoods and only for certain times,” said the mayor, whose voice shook with emotion and who at one point wiped away tears.

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SILENCE = COMPLICITY

Akron City Council voted to hold police officers criminally liable if they if they witness unlawful use of force and do not intervene or report it.

The addition to prohibited public safety practices is a response to the outcry over the death of George Floyd.

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DECONSTRUCTING PRIVILEGE

The killing of George Floyd was shocking. But to be surprised by it is a privilege African Americans do not have.

A black person is killed by a police officer in America at the rate of more than one every other day. Floyd’s death followed those of Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician shot at least eight times inside her Louisville home by plain-clothes police executing a no-knock warrant, and Ahmaud Arbery, killed in a confrontation with three white men as he jogged through their neighborhood in Brunswick.

Floyd’s gasps were familiar, the same words Eric Garner uttered on a Staten Island street corner in 2014…

“I Can’t Breathe.”

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GET YOUR KNEE OFF OUR NECK

Historic uprisings are sweeping the country in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.

While protests against state-sanctioned violence and racism are taking place in every state, Oregon’s are significant, as they continue to swell well beyond the Portland metro region, and in unprecedented numbers.

Now, a state whose constitution once banned Black people from living within its borders is seeing its largest demonstrations calling for their liberty. And some Black Oregonians are seeing opportunities for reform.

Jah’di Levvi, 30, has been marching in the streets every night since the demonstrations began.

He said that he hadn’t been to a protest in about five years — the last time was following another murder — but after witnessing Floyd’s execution online, he was moved into action.

“That image of the knee on his neck sent me over the edge. I was like, there’s no way I’m not going to protest.”

Now he finds himself organizing with the newly formed Portland Civil Rights Collective, helping lead the group he estimates to be around 150 strong take to the city’s streets, parks and bridges each night in the name of justice.

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DEFUND THE POLICE, JEER THE MAYOR & VOTE!

Defunding the Minneapolis Police Department has become a cry from protesters since the death of George Floyd.

9 Minneapolis City Council members told a crowd they were prepared to begin the process of dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department.

Mayor Jacob Frey was unwilling to support defunding and was jeered by a crowd.

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REV AL SHARPTON SNAPS THE BALL TO COLIN KAEPERNICK

Reverend Al Sharpton called for the NFL to bring back quarterback Colin Kaepernick during his eulogy at George Floyd’s funeral in Houston.

“The head of the NFL said, Yeah, maybe we was wrong. Football players, maybe they did have the right to peacefully protest,” said Sharpton.

Well, don’t apologize. Give Colin Kaepernick a job back.

Don’t come with some empty apology. Take a man’s livelihood. Strip a man down of his talents. And four years later, when the whole world is marching, all of a sudden you go and do a FaceTime, talk about you sorry. Minimizing the value of our lives.

You sorry?

Then repay the damage you did to the career you stood down, cause when Colin took a knee, he took it for the families in this building. And we don’t want an apology. We want him repaired.

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