It's not enough to support or favor police reform; we must demand it. We need to let politicians know - through letters, phone calls, email and faxes as well as visits to and pickets of their offices and ultimately at the polls - that there is a price to pay for failing to enact police reform, and we must be willing to make them pay it.
In order to avoid simply remaking our "neoliberal bed," we will need to remake our values as we replenish the housing stock. If people of faith are willing to risk and speak out as prophets -- prophets with social service know-how -- they might be able to contribute to the construction of a more livable world, a world not as hard as the otherwise austere neoliberal bed.
Yesterday marked the launch of Albany's innovative Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, making New York's capital city the first jurisdiction on the East Coast, and only the third in the nation, to launch LEAD. Albany's reform approach highlights the growing role cities are playing in the growing national movement to end mass incarceration and the failed war on drugs.
The relationship between black lives and blue uniforms is one that demands our attention if we are going to make progress toward a tomorrow where liberation is achieved. Under the radar of what many are talking about now, is the relationship that law enforcement on college and university campuses have with the surrounding community.
We first heard of Sidney Torres and the French Quarter Task Force when he started to get some press early this summer. We were drawn to it for the same reasons a lot of people were probably writing about it: it sounded completely insane. A rich trash mogul in New Orleans is playing Bruce Wayne, running a private crime-fighting detail in the streets of the French Quarter? Really??