JOHN OLIVER ON DEFUND THE POLICE

The horror of a White Nationalist President rolling his eyes at Consent Decrees, the tyranny of Qualified Immunity & the profound necessity of the movement to Defund The Police.
Trigger Warning: Tucker Carlson makes an appearance to spew violent hatred.

Dedicated to: Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd & the endless heartbreak of too many others to name, God Help Us.

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TSURU FOR SOLIDARITY

Organizers of the Chicago action said they chose Cook County Jail because they felt the Japanese American community’s experience with mass incarceration during World War II holds lessons for how to handle the coronavirus outbreak in the jail.

“We saw what was happening, and it reminded us of how many people in the World War II incarceration camps died because of medical neglect. We want as many people as possible to be released to prevent more loss of life.”

The demonstration was part of a national social justice movement called Tsuru For Solidarity.

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TAKE A KNEE, MR. PRESIDENT

House speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressional black caucus chairwoman Karen Bass tip-toed around questions about the movement to defund the police.

The Justice In Policing Act focuses on police reform rather than police defunding, which some criminal justice advocates have pushed for.

Pelosi said of the calls to shift police budgets to other government programs, “We could rebalance some of our funding to address those issues more directly.”

Bass noted the bill would not provide any new money to police departments and would allocate funds for community grants to potentially re-envision what policing could look like.

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BEARS SEEK KAEPERNICK FOR SUPER BOWL SHUFFLE II

Amid a half-hour of insight into the intersection of America’s racial unrest and the NFL, Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks raised the idealistic notion that the league should make things right with exiled quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Hicks suggested that a team should sign Kaepernick or that the NFL should hire him to a meaningful position to address social-justice issues.

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THE AUDACITY OF TA-NEHISI COATES

I think one of the mistakes made is to view “rioting” or “uprising” as political strategy.

What you often see is this comparison between what’s happening right now or what happened in Baltimore or Ferguson with, let’s say, Martin Luther King in Selma. And people will say, what is most effective?

But that’s not what rioting actually is.

If you look at communities of human beings as natural creatures who tend to react a certain way when put under X number of pressures, I think it becomes a lot more sensible. What happens to a community of people who are policed arbitrarily and with violence, not just in the moment, but historically? Whose great-grandfathers and grandmothers can tell stories of police officers either not stopping lynchings or jumping into lynchings?

They see law enforcement as illegitimate, and other members of the community as more legitimate than cops.

And then you see like a video like that, and that could have been you or your son or your husband. What is the natural reaction? Is it to form a committee and present a list of possible reforms? Is it what we will call “nonviolent protest?”

Well, we tried that — that was Colin Kaepernick taking the knee. And he was driven out of his job and out of his profession, not just by the NFL but by the president of the United States. So what is the natural reaction? Black people are human beings too. They get angry. They get sad. They get depressed. They have natural reactions to things.

I think it bears repeating that it was only weeks ago that we had armed white men showing up at the Michigan legislature, literally shutting the organs of democracy down, and we saw a very different reaction to that. Not just by the police, but by the White House and by the larger society.

And that wasn’t the first time.

I think of the Bundy standoff, where federal troops decided to retreat. So I think at the root of this is an inability to extend the kind of humanity that we extend to white people in this country to people who are not white, and specifically to black people.

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TAKE A KNEE, ROGER GOODELL

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday the NFL admits that “we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.”

The statement, made in a video over Twitter, comes a day after nearly 20 players called on the NFL to take a stronger stance amid a nationwide protest of police brutality against black people.

“We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter,” the NFL said.

The league’s statement makes no reference to former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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GEORGE FLOYD UPRISINGS WORLDWIDE: Be The Change

From Paris to London, Sydney to Tokyo, thousands of protesters got down on one knee to honor George Floyd, during the second weekend of worldwide protests about the death of black man under the knee of a white police officer in Minnesota.

Many dressed in black and most defied coronavirus lockdown rules to pour onto the streets.

In Paris, police officially banned protests on Saturday, citing fears of respiratory illness. It was to no avail as people turned out in force in the center of the French capital.

Security forces sealed off the city’s U.S. Embassy and surrounding streets, where organizers had hoped to gather.

Thousands of mostly young people, many also dressed in black, joined a Black Lives Matter protest in Berlin’s Alexander Square.

Some held up placards with slogans such as “Be the change,” “I can’t breathe,” and “Germany is not innocent.”

Many knelt silently for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

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