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Online reading group: Abolish the police
26/06/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
The murder of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers has unleashed a wave of anger. Protests across the country and beyond (thousands marched for #justiceforRegis in Toronto) have turned into an uprising against police violence and anti-Black racism. The movement is pressing cities and institutions across the country to punish killer cops and defund police departments. Join us for a discussion of the racist history and politics of the police, the dynamics of the movement right now, the limits to police reform, and how we can get rid of the police altogether.
- Defunding the police will save Black and Indigenous lives in Canada: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/defund-police-canada-black-indigenous-lives_ca_5ed65eb2c5b6ccd7c56bdf7d
- “The Limits of Police Reform” excerpt from book The End of Policing: free e-book available here https://www.versobooks.com/books/2426-the-end-of-policing
- Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/opinion/george-floyd-minneapolis.html
- The origins of the police. audio: https://wearemany.org/a/2012/06/origins-of-police or print: http://socialistworker.org/blog/critical-reading/2014/12/09/main-role-police-protecting-ca
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