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Terrorism, COINTELPRO, and the Black Panther Party -- An interview with Angela A. Allen-Bell

This past July, students from Northwestern University’s Medill Justice Project visited the infamous Louisiana State Prison known as Angola. While there, students landed an impromptu interview with Warden Burl Cain, where they asked him about an inmate at Angola named Kenny ‘Zulu’ Whitmore, who has now been in solitary confinement for 28 consecutive years. This important interview was cited afterwards by Time Magazine in an article examining the impact of solitary confinement on prisoners’ health.   Zulu Whitmore is a member of the Angola Prison chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP) that was first started in the early 1970s by Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3.

(PHOTO:  Angela A. Allen-Bell joins Amnesty International in support of the Angola 3 outside of the Louisiana State Capitol on April 17, 2012.)

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Ferguson’s massive cover-up: How police departments are protecting Michael Brown’s killer

Police State

Are the police departments of Ferguson and St. Louis County, Missouri, involved in a conspiracy to obstruct justice in the case of Michael Brown’s murder? It seems disturbingly possible, given their actions over the past month, hiding basic evidentiary information from the public in direct violation of the state’s sunshine laws—and perhaps not even gathering it in the first place. This raises the further possibly that evidence is being hidden from criminal investigators as well, particularly since the investigators have shown no great interest, much less zeal, in getting to the truth of the matter.

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"Hands Up, Don't Ship!" Minneapolis UPS workers protest shipments to Missouri police

A dozen part-time UPS workers in Minneapolis took protest action on the job August 22, after discovering ties between Missouri law enforcement and a company, Law Enforcement Targets, whose shipments we handle each day. Some of us removed the company’s packages from trucks that would deliver them to law enforcement. Others, in solidarity, refused to ferry these packages to their intended trailers.

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The Parable of the Unjust Judge or: Fear of a Nigger Nation

Police State

In the days after Michael Brown’s death, we watched a sadly familiar story play out. The media ran pictures of him staring sullenly into the camera and making “gang” signs with his hands. They emphasized his weight and large frame, listened to his music and declared it “violent hip hop.” For their part, the police made certain to pair pertinent details about his death with seemingly irrelevant details about his life: releasing the long demanded name of the officer who shot him alongside surveillance footage of an unrelated shoplifting incident, leaking a toxicology report indicating that Brown had “marijuana in his system” at the same time they released an autopsy confirming that he’d been shot six times.

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Bloomington Solidarity Demo with the Ferguson Rebellion

Police State

Word spread quickly in Bloomington last night (8/16) that the governor of Missouri had declared a state of emergency and curfew in Ferguson. Within an hour, a spontaneous demo came together, starting at People’s Park, where we discussed the situation and shared our anger. 30 people, anarchists and others, then took the streets, circling downtown, chanting and distributing more than 700 flyers.

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Hey, Step Back with the Riot Shaming

Police State

As you may have heard, a young black man named Michael Brown from Ferguson, Missouri was shot many times and killed by a police officer on August 9 of this year. A bit of a caveat before my rant: I'm angry and it comes out a bit here. Sorry not sorry.

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Lombroso’s Anarchy Problem

Police State

Cesare Lombroso, one of the influential founding figures in criminological social science, dedicated a great deal of his research, study, and writing to the analysis of anarchists, as, in his view, prototypical agitators. Indeed, the centrality of concern over anarchism in his work is often overlooked or forgotten. The anarchists provide one of the primary resources for Lombroso’s multisectional “Illustrative Studies in Criminal Anthropology.” Indeed, Lombroso suggests that the study of the physiognomy of the political criminal provides perhaps the most practical application of Criminal Anthropology (capitalization in the original). Lombroso’s interests in anarchists as a significant criminal type emerge very early on in his work. He develops a lengthy discussion of the anarchist criminal figure in 1891 in his article “Illustrative Studies in Criminal Anthropology. III. The Physiognomy of the Anarchists” published in the journal The Monist.

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Protesters shut down Albuquerque city council meeting

Police StateMonday’s meeting of the City Council ended amid shouts and chaos as at least 40 protesters tried to serve a “people’s arrest warrant” on Police Chief Gorden Eden, who left before anyone touched him. “You are walking away from justice,” protester David Correia shouted from the council podium. Council President Ken Sanchez immediately halted the meeting, and most city employees fled the chambers as protesters swarmed the speaker’s podium and took over the dais where councilors sit.
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New Hampshire court allows 'COPSLIE' license plate

Police StateA New Hampshire man has the right to drive around the New England state with a license plate reading "COPSLIE," the state's top court ruled on Wednesday. The state Supreme Court upheld a challenge to Department of Motor Vehicles' rules, finding they were unconstitutionally broad by allowing officials to deny requests for vanity license plates that "a reasonable person would find offensive to good taste."
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Report from Anti-Police Demo in Phoenix, AZ

Police StateAt around 6 PM, comrades began converging on 3rd street and Van Buren in Downtown phoenix for the International Police Conference that was to be held at the Sheraton Hotel. Across the street, anarchists had unfurled a red and black banner reading “Phoenix, Oakland, Cairo, Greece. The whole world says FUCK THE POLICE” and crossed over. For the first little while, people mingled, yelled at cops, and the typical activities that occur at a rally until the bullhorn arrives. Phoenix Anarchist Black Cross was there to give out their information for potential arrestee’s at the nights event, and for events throughout the week.
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