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    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden does not support legislation supported by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) that would empty federal prisons. “A couple days ago, President Biden was in Michigan and thanking congress woman Rashida Tlaib. She wants to release all federal prisoners within ten years. Would the president do that,” asked Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy during the White House press briefing. Biden was in Michigan on Nov. 17 to promote the bipartisan infrastructure bill he signed into law a couple days earlier. In response to Doocy’s question, Psaki said: The president did enjoy visiting Michigan and visiting Congresswoman Talib’s district. But let me be absolutely clear: The president does not support abolishing prisons. He does not support defunding the police. He thinks measures like that will make us less safe and he would not support legislation that includes it. What he does support is effective and accountable policing and a fair justice system and he supports investment in public health, education, the environment, housing, community-based programs. But he knows there are steps and he believes there are steps that we know are going to reduce crime and make our...
    Far-left “Squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) on Monday attempted to explain her controversial opinion on emptying out federal prisons following her longtime support of the BREATHE Act, which has the goal of closing all federal prisons, admitting that not everyone can be rehabilitated. Tlaib made the admission during an interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, who asked her about her support of the BREATHE Act, which the lawmaker formerly described as a “new version for public safety — a new vision for public safety, one that protects and affirms black lives.” The act specifically provides a “roadmap for prison abolition.” “To what extent have you wrestled with releasing any potential downsides of releasing into society every single person who currently in a federal prison?” Swan asked. “Yeah, I think that everyone’s like, ‘Oh my God, we’re going to just release everybody,’” she began. “That’s not what I’m—” “That’s what the act says,” Swan noted. “Yeah, but did you see how many people are mentally ill that are in prison right now,” Tlaib continued, seemingly backtracking on her position. “But the act you endorsed...
    Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who is running for the post again against Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin, touted an endorsement from a left-wing group that supports defunding the police. The progressive group New Virginia Majority made the announcement last week, prompting the candidate to say on Twitter he was "proud to be endorsed" by them. "Together, we are going to keep Virginia moving forward," the Democratic candidate continued. "That starts with building a more inclusive Commonwealth that lifts up working people across Virginia. Onward!" BIDEN HECKLED AT TERRY MCAULIFFE RALLY IN VIRGINIA: ‘IT’S NOT A TRUMP RALLY, LET HIM HOLLER’ McAuliffe's decision to tout the endorsement could pose a political problem: New Virginia Majority has made controversial statements online, including supporting defunding the police. "Defund the police, fund Black futures," the group tweeted in June of last year. New Virginia Majority has also promoted a student organizer who said she and her group are "actively unlearning and envisioning a new world without police, and building that on our own" and shared a quote from an article claiming the police are...
    A small private college that received a $500 million donation from leftist billionaire George Soros is featuring a course this fall that aims to teach students how to “sell” abolishing prisons and the police. Bard College, located in Annandale-on-Hudson in Dutchess County, New York, lists “Abolishing Prisons and the Police” as a course for the coming fall semester. Kwame Holmes is scheduled to teach the course, which has the following description: This course explores what’s to be gained, lost and what we can’t imagine about a world without prisons. Through the figure of abolition (a phenomenon we will explore via movements to end slavery, the death penalty, abortion, gay conversion therapy and more) we will explore how and why groups of Americans have sought to bring an absolute end to sources of human suffering. In turn, we will explore a history of the punitive impulse in American social policy and seek to discern means of intervening against it. Finally, on the specific question of prison abolition, we will think through how to “sell” abolition to the masses and design a...
    Loading the player... Former San Francisco 49’ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick may not ever play in the NFL again, but he’s continuing his activism around social justice. The 33-year-old will release a book of essays advocating the abolition of police and prisons, per TMZ.  Read More: Men plead not guilty to hate crimes in Ahmaud Arbery death The book, entitled Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future Without Policing & Prisons, is set for release on October 12 with over 30 essays. Kaepernick is credited as the book’s editor but will author one of the essays himself. Today, I’m excited to share that we at @KaepernickPub will be releasing our first title, ABOLITION FOR THE PEOPLE: THE MOVEMENT FOR A FUTURE WITHOUT POLICING & PRISONS, on 10/12/21. This anthology builds on decades of organizing and writing against policing & prisons… pic.twitter.com/84nUD3v4r2— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) May 11, 2021 Kaepernick formed his publishing company in 2019 as part of an outgrowth of his social justice work that started when his peaceful anthem protests became controversial. Ultimately the QB, who took the Niners...
    Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he hopes his book will radicalize people on abolishing the police. The book titled “Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future Without Policing & Prisons” is a collection of 30 essays, edited by the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback himself, according to the report. Today, I’m excited to share that we at @KaepernickPub will be releasing our first title, ABOLITION FOR THE PEOPLE: THE MOVEMENT FOR A FUTURE WITHOUT POLICING & PRISONS, on 10/12/21. This anthology builds on decades of organizing and writing against policing & prisons… pic.twitter.com/84nUD3v4r2 — Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) May 11, 2021 “Readers won’t find all the answers here, but we believe they will find useful and provocative questions – questions that can open up radical possibilities for a future where our communities can thrive,” read a press release from Kaepernick Publishing. The book is intended to serve as “an introduction to abolitionist concepts, histories, and practices,” according to the press release. The essays were originally published in LEVEL, a publication from Medium that targets minority men. Kaepernick’s...
    President Joe Biden is considering ending most Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention of criminal illegal aliens, according to a report. On Tuesday, billed as a “racial equity” agenda, Biden announced that he would instruct the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to end its contracts with privately-managed prisons that hold more than 14,000 convicts — nearly all of which are foreign nationals. In addition, the open borders lobby is urging Biden to end ICE’s contracts with privately-managed detention facilities which hold the overwhelming majority of criminal illegal aliens for the agency. Sources close to the Biden administration said the idea is being floated around the White House. Politico reports: President Joe Biden is considering an executive order to phase out government contracts with private immigrant detention facilities, multiple sources with knowledge of the process say. But he has no immediate plans to issue such an order and the White House would only say that it “will take additional action in the future relating to the detention of undocumented immigrants.” [Emphasis added] … Two advocates told POLITICO that, as of Tuesday, they...
    Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick calls for abolishing policing and prisons, which he deems “unjust systems,” in a new series of essays to be published over the next four weeks. The series, “Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future Without Policing & Prisons,” is a 30 part collaboration between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a higher learning Medium publication geared towards minority men, Kaepernick wrote. Kaepernick wrote the first essay, “The Demand for Abolition,” which was published on Sept. 6. The series will include stories from political prisoners, movement leaders, grassroots organizers, and “those affected by anti-Black state violence and terrorism,” Kaepernick wrote. “Each week will bring a collection centered around a different theme: police and policing, prisons and carcerality, fuck reform, and abolition now.” Thread/ ABOLITION FOR THE PEOPLE: The Movement For a Future Without Policing & Prisons The collection of 30 essays will be posted below over the course of the next 4 weeks. #AbolitionForThePeople https://t.co/jccRsxqLhT — Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) October 6, 2020 Kaepernick started protesting during “The Star-Spangled Banner” four years ago,...
    By Lauren M. Johnson | CNN Colin Kaepernick is calling for abolishing the police and prison institutions as part of a new series of essays. The series titled “Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future Without Policing & Prisons” is a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and the Medium publication Level that builds on a rich tradition of Black organizing and freedom-fighting, according to the website. “Over the next four weeks, we will publish 30 essays from political prisoners, grassroots organizers, movement leaders, scholars, and family members of those affected by anti-Black state violence and terrorism,” Kaepernick wrote in the debut essay titled “The Demand for Abolition” that was published on Tuesday. The essays will focus on several themes, including police and policing, prisons and carcerality, and abolition of police instead of reform. The former NFL quarterback explained what each of the categories means and what it will encompass in the series. “Reform, at its core, preserves, enhances, and further entrenches policing and prisons into the United States’ social order,” Kaepernick wrote. “Abolition is the...
    Colin Kaepernick wrote in an essay Tuesday he revisited his own statements in 2016 when he explained why he knelt for the national anthem and what change he wanted to see in policing. Under the subheading title “F—k Reform," he wrote that his thinking “was fastened to a reformist framework.” He admitted that he “missed the larger picture.” NFL WEEK 5 PREVIEW: CORONAVIRUS STILL HAUNTING TEAMS AS SEASON CHURNS ON “The focus on individual punishment will never alter the outcome of a system rooted in Black death. I wanted change. I wanted it to stop. I wanted to reform what I saw. Yet, the reforms often proposed — use-of-force policies, body cameras, more training, and police accountability — were the same recycled police reforms consistently proposed in the past. And in both the past and the present, these reforms have done nothing to stop the actions that force us to #SayTheirNames,” he added. In the essay, Kaepernick called for abolishing the police and prisons. The article was written on Medium as part of his Kaepernick Publishing series. Kaepernick tackled prisons, incarceration and policing...
            by Debra Heine  The Democratic National Convention on Tuesday featured a panelist who identifies as a “nonbinary/gender transcendent mermaid Queen-King” and who called for the abolition of the police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and prisons. According to the panelist’s Wake Forest University bio, J Mai is a “Black-Vietnamese, transgender nonbinary/gender transcendent mermaid Queen-King,” who recently became a “licensed minister in the Progressive National Baptist Church.” J. Mai made the extreme comments during a DNC LGBTQ caucus meeting. “Why can’t folks imagine a world without the cops? Why can’t folks imagine a world without prisons? Why can’t people expand their imaginations to include community care, to include an abolitionist future?” the self-avowed “mermaid Queen-King” said. J Mai stressed that she was talking about real abolition, not a watered-down version. “We’re talking about abolishing the police, we’re talking about abolishing ICE, we’re talking about abolishing prisons,” J Mai said.
    Portland police declared a riot again Wednesday night as rioters burned a severed pig’s head, an American flag and a Trump flag, and threatened and injured officers with a wide range of weapons – including rocks, bottles, fireworks and cans of paint. Antifa in downtown Portland are burning another pig head wearing a cop hat outside the Justice Center. They also burn a Trump flag. Video by @TheHannahRay #PortlandRiots #antifa pic.twitter.com/g5mRQKyStN — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 13, 2020 Local television station KGW reported that a riot was called shortly before midnight: Protesters gathered Wednesday night at Chapman Square near the Justice Center as demonstrations continued in Portland for an 11th straight week since the killing of George Floyd. A post on social media said the group is calling for the total abolition of the prison system and the police. According to independent journalist Garrison Davis, the crowd size in downtown was about 400 people at about 10:20 p.m. People were mostly standing around and listening to speeches. Around 10:40 p.m., 150-200 members of the crowd walked up to the federal...
    The New York Times has published an op-ed from a far-left activist that was a fellow at George Soros’ Open Society Foundation and who is an apparent terrorist supporter, which comes just a week after the newspaper said that it should not have published an op-ed from Republican Senator Tom Cotton (AK) that espoused a political view that the majority of Americans support. The op-ed was written by Mariame Kaba, who, according to a website that is in her name and a blog that she purportedly runs, is an apparent supporter of Assata Shakur – who is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list. Fun fact: the lady who wrote this op-ed in The New York Times is both a terrorist supporter and a radical leftist. Good thing her name isn't Senator Tom Cotton! pic.twitter.com/RDIN01CXlB — Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) June 12, 2020 Highlights from the radical op-ed, which espouses views that the overwhelming majority of Americans reject, include: We can’t reform the police. The only way to diminish police violence is to reduce contact between the public and the...
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