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Police Brutality

Mad at the Government, but Not Progressive–Not Even Close

Since last Saturday, a group of armed white men who call themselves the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom has been occupying buildings in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Despite their extremist rhetoric, being heavily “armed and ready,” and holding federal territory hostage, officials have handled the conflict with marked, uncharacteristic leniency. These gunmen actually present little threat to the ruling class and the political establishment, and are far from putting forward any “radical solution” to the underlying problems of economic stagnation and miserable conditions.

Tre Kwon

January 9, 2016

Milica Ružičić, artist engaged against police violence and with the struggles of the working class

In a general context of rising state repression and bonapartization of political regimes in Europe, we interviewed the Serbian visual artist and anarchist Milica Ružičić. In 2010, she dedicated a serial of paintings to denounce police violence around the world. Currently, she also teaches at the College of Fine and Applied Arts and is a singer in Cruellas, a band based in Belgrade, Serbia.

Révolution Permanente

January 5, 2016

Left Voice Speaks with BLM-Minneapolis

Miski Noor is one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter-Minneapolis chapter, which has been at the forefront of protests that broke out when city police executed Jamar Clark in mid-November. An African immigrant and long-time Minneapolis resident, Noor speaks with Left Voice about the BLM values and vision for change, her group’s run-ins with police and elected officials, and next steps for the Minneapolis chapter.

Left Voice

January 4, 2016

We will continue to fight for your King Tamir

Alexis Toliver began organizing as a student at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She is now co-lead organizer for BLM-Cambridge. Last November, Toliver spent time with Tamir Rice's family as they pushed for a special prosecutor. Here, she writes in memory of Tamir Rice and in response to yesterday's announcement that no charges would be filed against the police who killed Rice.

Alexis Toliver

December 29, 2015

Left Voice on the Fight Against Police Brutality

This is a collection of articles by Left Voice writers and guest contributors on police brutality, Black Lives Matter, and the U.S. prison system. The fury, and dynamism of this past year's mobilizations have etched the faces and names of Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Tyrone West, and many others into our memories. Often seen rallying under the slogan, "Black Lives Matter," this movement shows the initiative and participation of black youth, queer, and trans people, and other communities of color that are subjected to police repression and some of the worst economic conditions. The new organization of black youth in particular and the growing resistance against police brutality raises important questions for the left and revolutionaries.

Left Voice

December 27, 2015

Chicago ‘Black Xmas’ Protests Demand Mayor’s Resignation

Black Lives Matter activists in Chicago have announced that they will hold a major demonstration on Christmas Eve in protest of the police killing of Laquan McDonald and the subsequent cover-up by police, city officials, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The protest, dubbed "Black Xmas," aims to directly hit corporate profits on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Robert Belano

December 24, 2015

PhotoEssay: Minneapolis Protesters Take City Hall

"Minnesotans are tough. Even through the bitter, crisp cold air of winter, people will continue to march on until justice is served," writes Netsanet Negussie, a housing rights organizer and participant in the #Justice4Jamar protests since the start of the encampment at the 4th Precinct. Netsanet shares her photos and describes the events unfolding in Minneapolis.

Netsanet Negussie

December 7, 2015

The Truth About the COP21 Crackdown

In times of "social peace," the mainstream media may pretend to leave room for a plurality of opinions on current events; however, in times of social or political crisis and class struggle, despite the press’ appeals to "responsibility" for the sake of "national interest," the communication agencies reveal their true nature: to serve the government and the ruling classes in general. This Sunday, November 29, the disingenuous coverage of the crackdown against both environmental activists during the COP21 as well as those protesting the state of emergency says a lot about what government and media are willing to do.

Philippe Alcoy

December 1, 2015

Over a hundred arrested at climate change rally in Paris

On Sunday November 29, French riot police fired tear gas at activists protesting on the eve of the COP21 climate summit in Paris. Some demonstrators were also severely beaten with batons. Over a hundred people were arrested at the demo that was attended by more than 5,000 people.

Left Voice

November 29, 2015