Cops Out of Our Unions
Rank and File Educators at Temple University Issue Statement against Cops
Temple University recently allocated millions of dollars to the police in the name of campus security while departments go underfunded. Here, we reproduce a statement by rank-and-file educators against Temple's police budget.
Left VoiceApril 6, 2022
Temple University’s Rank-and-File Talk “Cops out of Unions”
Cops aren’t workers --- they’re weapons of the ruling class to attack workers and the oppressed. Despite what many of our union leaders say, building real union power means kicking cops out of our unions, and mobilizing from the bottom up to link our unions to a wider, class-wide struggle against the ruling class.
Jason KoslowskiSeptember 20, 2021
Indiana Court Gives Cop a Get Out of Jail Free Card for Domestic Violence
A cop in Fort Wayne, Indiana confessed to choking his wife. He got no prison time.
Daniel WerstMarch 2, 2021
Cop Union Backs Pepper Spraying Child in Rochester, NY
A 9-year-old Black girl was pepper sprayed by cops in Rochester, New York. Just another day’s work for the racist, brutal force that serves capitalism’s interests across the country.
M.K. KumarFebruary 2, 2021
The Fight Against Cop “Unions”: An International Debate
As the United States was shaken by protests against racist police violence this year, many people came to understand the true nature of the cops' so-called “unions”: they defend murderers. Yet some socialists still think police should be unionized. We present here a debate with the LIT-CI.
Nathaniel FlakinNovember 20, 2020
Cops Out of Our Unions: A Special Edition with Alex Vitale, Julia Wallace, and Jay Willis
Interviews with Alex Vitale, professor of sociology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and London Southbank University, author of several books, including The End of the Police. Julia Wallace, Black movement activist in Los Angeles, California and editor of Left Voice. Jay Willis, attorney and editor of The Appeal, an organization specializing in social investigative journalism
Left VoiceNovember 2, 2020
Philly Cops Murdered Walter Wallace Jr. Where Do We Go from Here?
The Philadelphia Police thugs murdered another Black man, Walter Wallace, Jr. on October 26. To build the power we need to fight back against police terror, we need to organize on the streets and at our workplaces.
Jason KoslowskiOctober 27, 2020
AFSCME Members Call on Union Leadership to Support the Movement for Black Lives and Demand a Cop-Free AFSCME
Rank-and-file members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) are demanding that the union and AFL-CIO disaffiliate from cop unions and support the Movement for Black Lives. This is their recent statement, pushing for a motion for a Cop-Free AFSCME.
Left VoiceSeptember 1, 2020
The Po-Po Are a No-Go at SEIU Drop the Cops Town Hall
More than a hundred people from across the United States participated in the “SEIU Drop the Cops” virtual town hall. Panelists reported on organized labor’s struggle to kick out police and security guards and elaborated a list of broader anti-racist demands. Speakers called on the broader labor movement to take up the fight against police terror and revitalize the unions through democratic debate and mass, anti-racist struggle.
Thaddeus GreeneAugust 31, 2020