National Center For Women and Policing

“Two studies have found that at least 40% of police officer families experience domestic violence, (1, 2) in contrast to 10% of families in the general population.(3) A third study of older and more experienced officers found a rate of 24% (4), indicating that domestic violence is 2-4 times more common among police families than…

Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are. There’s only one fix. – The Washington Post

Police Culture from the inside. Worth reading: “Even when officers get caught, they know they’ll be investigated by their friends, and put on paid leave. My colleagues would laughingly refer to this as a free vacation. It isn’t a punishment. And excessive force is almost always deemed acceptable in our courts and among our grand juries.…

Amy Goodman: Hands Up, Don’t Choke – Truthdig

The most interesting part of this article is the following–the person who took the footage of Garner’s death at the hands of the police, which is legal across the nation, was arrested: “Where did this video come from? A young man named Ramsey Orta was standing near Garner on that July 17 afternoon when the…

POEM: MYTH BY MURIEL RUKEYSER

Long afterward, Oedipus, old and blinded, walked the roads. He smelled a familiar smell. It was the Sphinx. Oedipus said, ‘I want to ask one question. Why didn’t I recognize my mother?’ ‘You gave the wrong answer,’ said the Sphinx. ‘But that was what made everything possible,’ said Oedipus. ‘No,’ she said. ‘When I asked,…

The Civil War in France

“The bourgeoisie of the whole world, which looks complacently upon the wholesale massacre after the battle, is convulsed by horror at the desecration of brick and mortar!”–K. Marx via The Civil War in France.

In Defense of the Ferguson Riots | Jacobin

“What started as a philosophy promulgated by black elites to ‘uplift the race’ by correcting the ‘bad’ traits of the black poor has now evolved into one of the hallmarks of black politics in the age of Obama, a governing philosophy that centers on managing the behavior of black people left behind in a society…