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Eric The Fruit Bat  Aug 9, 2015 • 5:49:23am

Absolutely. The BLM leadership needs to go dark to make the Feds and the private firms spend resources. Secondly, the BLM needs to have a simple and concrete list of what their demands are.

They should also study Sun Tzu.

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Decatur Deb  Aug 9, 2015 • 5:52:58am

re: #1 Eric The Fruit Bat

Absolutely. The BLM leadership needs to go dark to make the Feds and the private firms spend resources. Secondly, the BLM needs to have a simple and concrete list of what their demands are.

They should also study Sun Tzu.

And Pogo.

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Dark_Falcon  Aug 9, 2015 • 7:06:08am

Actually, Charles said it right:

The problem with that is that the movement was founded on emotion, that being anger of young black men being shot for what often seemed to be little reason. Putting emotion aside can dissipate it, or the 24/7 media age cause others to forget it.

Moreover, the social movement leader who sits down with Senators can expect some of his followers to call him a sell-out when he presents them with the watered-down piece of legislation that the Senate thrashed out behind closed doors, It’s hard to accept compromise about something you feel strongly about.

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Great White Snark  Aug 9, 2015 • 8:23:50am

And don’t go out like Occupy. Embrace good leadership

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First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  Aug 9, 2015 • 8:51:20am

I took my tinfoil helmet off for 10 minutes, and during that time it seemed like this left-ish in-fighting benefits the assholes who would gleefully fuck over everyone on the side of the aisle who cares enough about BLM to have any opinion about it whatsoever.

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Paul Canning  Aug 9, 2015 • 12:11:14pm

I agree with Oliver but I also agree with some of the political criticism of Sanders on black issues (which I quote on my blog). Also, the reactions from Sanders’ supporters has been defensive and aggressive. That’s why Willis’ piece is so useful and important - it fills a gap which has been noticeably absent from Sanders’ supporters.

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goddamnedfrank  Aug 9, 2015 • 1:09:43pm

Their demands are incredibly concrete and well defined, people just need to look for them, or y’know listen:

The De-militarization of Local Law Enforcement across the country

Strict limits on the transfer and use of military equipment to local law enforcement and the adoption of the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act of 2014. The federal government should discontinue the supply of military weaponry and equipment to local law enforcement and immediately demilitarize local law enforcement, including eliminating the use of military technology and equipment.

A Comprehensive Review of systemic abuses by local police departments, including the publication of data relating to racially biased policing, and the development of best practices.

A comprehensive review by the Department of Justice into systematic abuses by police departments and the development of specific use of force standards and accompanying recommendations for police training, community involvement and oversight strategies and standards for independent investigatory/disciplinary mechanisms when excessive force is used. These standards must include a Department of Justice review trigger when continued excessive use of force occurs.

A comprehensive federal review of police departments’ data collection practices and the development of a new comprehensive data collection system that allows for annual reporting of data on the rates of stops, frisks, searches, summonses and arrests by race, age, and gender. These standards must also include a DOJ review trigger when departments continue discriminatory policing practices.

Repurposing of law enforcement funds to support community based alternatives to incarceration and the conditioning of DOJ funding on the ending of discriminatory policing and the adoption of DOJ best practices

The repurposing of Department of Justice funds to create grants that support and implement community oversight mechanisms and community based alternatives to law enforcement and incarceration—including community boards/commissions, restorative justice practices, amnesty programs to clear open warrants, and know-your-rights-education conducted by community members. The development of a DOJ policy to withhold funds from local police departments who engage in discriminatory policing practices and condition federal grant funds on the adoption of recommended DOJ trainings, community involvement and oversight strategies, use of force standards and standards for independent investigatory/disciplinary mechanisms.

A Congressional Hearing investigating the criminalization of communities of color, racial profiling, police abuses and torture by law enforcement

Congressional hearings investigating the criminalization of communities of color and systemic law enforcement discriminatory profiling and other abuses especially at the local level—including an examination of systemic structures and institutional practices and the elevation of the experiences and voices of those most impacted. Congressional hearings will allow for a continuation of the national discussion about police abuse and it’s underlying causes.

Support the Passage of the End Racial Profiling Act

Support for the passage of the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) which in law would prohibit the use of profiling on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin or religion by law enforcement agencies.

The Obama Administration develops, legislates and enacts a
National Plan of Action for Racial Justice

The development and enactment of a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice by the Obama Administration. The National Plan of Action for Racial Justice should be a comprehensive plan that address persistent and ongoing forms of racial discrimination and disparities that exist in nearly every sphere of life including: criminal justice, employment, housing, education, health, land/property, voting, poverty and immigration. The Plan would set concrete targets for achieving racial equality and reducing racial disparities and create new tools for holding government accountable to meeting targets.

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EmmaAnne  Aug 9, 2015 • 2:22:20pm

re: #7 goddamnedfrank

I can see Oliver Willis’s point though - this stuff is in depth and thorough, but doesn’t have the punch of the “no new taxes ever” pledge. How about “all police must wear body cameras, with removal or disabling resulting in automatic suspension without pay.” Or “all deaths in police custody must be investigated by an independent board.”

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The War TARDIS  Aug 9, 2015 • 3:11:14pm

re: #7 goddamnedfrank

This is really impressive. They bot only know what they want, but have details for how to get there.

Moreso than Sanders.

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Bass Reeves  Aug 9, 2015 • 6:47:13pm

re: #8 EmmaAnne

I can see Oliver Willis’s point though - this stuff is in depth and thorough, but doesn’t have the punch of the “no new taxes ever” pledge. How about “all police must wear body cameras, with removal or disabling resulting in automatic suspension without pay.” Or “all deaths in police custody must be investigated by an independent board.”

Because those don’t actually fix the problem. We’ve seen cops get off with video surveillance (Eric Garner, John Crawford), and investigation by an independent board does not equal indictment and jail time.


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