A Minneapolis judge is moving forward with jury selection in the 2nd degree murder trial of the cop that killed George Floyd. Ai the height of protests, Minneapolis city council members vowed to disband the local police force. However, “there’s nothing being disbanded, dismantled or defunded, unfortunately, at this time,” said Sam Martinez, of the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar Clark, a young Black man killed by cops five years ago. “We let the community know that what happened to George Floyd wasn’t going to stop unless the community has control of the police,” said Martinez.
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MARGARET KIMBERLEY—A mere 6% of Portland’s population is black. Yet the killing of George Floyd inspired a nearly all white cohort in that city to take to the streets. This seeming contradiction is proof of a nation in the depths of a great crisis. Police violence against black people is not the sole motivator for every protester and that is all to the good.
The crisis is caused by unrelenting neo-liberal policies which have negatively impacted the lives of millions of people. The COVID-19 pandemic drew back the curtain and further exposed a system that is not meant to serve human needs.
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For decades, Lewis has been a pillar of the establishment. Black Agenda Report’s senior columnist, Margaret Kimberley, a leading black intellectual and a person of integrity, is unsurprisingly not impressed with his resume: “John Lewis has parlayed his 1965 beating at the hands of Alabama police into a phony sainthood, and “now exemplifies everything that is wrong with the Congressional Black Caucus, the Democratic Party and the black misleadership class.” He “parrots every word” of the CIA in blaming Russia for Hillary Clinton’s defeat. There are many reasons to boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration, but “Russia” is the only one mentioned by Lewis, the party hack.” Kimberley continues:
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AJAMU BARAKA—The motivation for launching the Alliance was based on the fact that on April 4th, 1967 Dr. Martin Luther King reconnected with the radical black tradition by adding his voice of opposition to the murderous US war machine unleashed on the people of Vietnam. For Dr. King his silence on the war in Vietnam had become an irreconcilable moral contradiction.
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GLEN FORD—Community control of the police is a project in democracy and Black self-determination, while defunding the police – inevitably, in practice – is an immersion in Democratic Party budgetary dickering that legitimizes the imposition of the police upon the people. It will suck the righteous energy out of the movement, while failing to transform any power relationships of importance.