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Pentagon Supplies School Districts with Assault Rifles and Grenade Launchers

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  • Federal records confirm that schools throughout the U.S. have received surplus military-grade weapons and vehicles. But is there really a need for military-grade weapons on campus?
  • When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat

Andrew Emett, Nation of Change

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September 22, 2014 | Due to public outcry, school districts nationwide are debating whether to keep their Pentagon-issued assault rifles, grenade launchers, and Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Donated free of charge as part of the Defense Department’s 1033 Program, surplus military equipment has been dispensed throughout law enforcement agencies and school districts for decades. Recent criticisms of excessive police militarization in Ferguson, Missouri, last month has left many school officials questioning the need for military-grade weapons on campus. 

According to the Defense Logistics Agency, over $5 billion in military equipment has been handed out to more than 8,000 law enforcement agencies and at least 26 school districts since 2007. California alone has received 8,533 surplus guns, 7,094 pieces of night-vision equipment, 2,370 bayonets and knives, 49 armored vehicles, 59 airplanes and helicopters, and 18 grenade launchers since 2006. 

Andrew Emett is a staff writer for NationofChange. Andrew is a Los Angeles-based reporter exposing political and corporate corruption. His interests include national security, corporate abuse, and holding government officials accountable. Andrew's work has appeared at WeAreChange, TravelersToday, The Joy Camp, and ForceChange.

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When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat, Simon Maloy, Salon

  • The debacle in Ferguson represents a near-total breakdown of our civic institutions. Here's why that's so scary
  • All hell has broken loose. 
  • Cops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014

 

Shoot first, ask later: Why the concept of “reasonable fear” is anything but reasonable

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  • Courts say cops can shoot out of "reasonable fear." In America that entails a myth of race and gender neutrality.
  • Video reveals police’s stunning double-standard for black Americans

Falgunia A. Sheth, Salon

 

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Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 | Recently, Tamara Nopper and Mariame Kaba authored a haunting article, “Itemizing Atrocity,” analyzing reactions and analyses of the police shooting of Michael Brown and the seemingly sudden militarization of the police. They point to Ferguson as an example of the excess of the spectacle that draws attention to the most extreme cases of brutality or violence, and simultaneously renders the daily, hourly, violence faced by black Americans as ordinary and therefore unworthy of the empathy engendered in extreme cases.

Attention is drawn to the “spectacular event” rather than to the point of origin or the mundane. Circulated are the spectacles — dead black bodies lying in the streets or a black teenager ambushed by several police officers in military gear, automatic weapons drawn. 

Falgunia A. Sheth, a professor of philosophy and political theory at Hampshire College, writes about politics, race, and feminism at translationexercises.wordpress.comhttp://translationexercises.wordpress.com

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Video reveals police’s stunning double-standard for black Americans, Joanna Rothkopf, Salon

  • In a shocking video posted to YouTube, police tase and arrest a black man picking his kids up from preschool. 
  • “I’m not your brother!”
  • Justice Ginsburg: America Has A ‘Real Racial Problem’ 

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Video reveals police’s stunning double-standard for black Americans

  • In a shocking video posted to YouTube, St. Paul (MN) police tase and arrest a black man picking his kids up from preschool. 
  • “I’m not your brother!”
  • Justice Ginsburg: America Has A ‘Real Racial Problem’ 

Joanna Rothkopf, Salon

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Friday, Aug 29, 2014 | The latest in police misconduct was captured in a cellphone video that surfaced earlier this week. The video depicts a black man, identified as 28-year-old Christopher Lollie, sitting in a public space waiting to pick up his young children from New Horizon Academy in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.

“I want to know who you are and what the problem was back there,” a female cop says to Lollie at the start of the video.

Joanna Rothkopf is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on sustainability.

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Justice Ginsburg: America Has A ‘Real Racial Problem’ Ian Millhiser, Think Progress

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  • The Court’s present majority seems much more interested in using its power to thwart racial justice.
  • What White People Can Do About the Killing of Black Men in America

 

Justice Ginsburg: America Has A ‘Real Racial Problem’

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  • The Court’s present majority seems much more interested in using its power to thwart racial justice.
  • What White People Can Do About the Killing of Black Men in America

Ian Millhiser, Think Progress

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August 22, 2014 | The Supreme Court was “once a leader in the world” in combating racial discrimination, according to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “What’s amazing,” she added, “is how things have changed.”

Ginsburg, who was one of America’s top civil rights attorneys before President Carter appointed her to the federal bench in 1980, spoke at length with the National Law Journal‘s Marcia Coyle in an interview that was published Friday. In that interview, she lays out just how much the Court’s outlook on race has changed since she was arguing women’s equality cases before it in the 1970s.

Ian Millhiser is a Senior Constitutional Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Editor of ThinkProgress Justice. 

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What White People Can Do About the Killing of Black Men in AmericaPaul Brandeis Raushenbush, Huffington Post

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White people need to get off the computer and get involved with our voices, feet, votes and resources to help make sure that this epidemic of black deaths in America ends. This is not a 'black problem it is an American problem and it will take all of us working together to solve it.

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