by Tracey Corder, Campaign Director — Policing & Incarceration
These are not the words of the leader of a police union or a self-proclaimed right wing politician, they are the words of President Joseph R. Biden spoken as part of the justification for passing the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act commonly referred to as the 1994 Crime Bill. Almost 27 years to the date of the passage of the Crime Bill we must revisit those words because they have been the guide to past and current policies on policing, prisons and surveillance.
By Tracey Corder, Alyxandra Goodwin and Jasson Perez
Today we affirm past statements that guilty verdicts do not equal justice. Convictions don’t save lives and they are not our end goal. We envision a world where we can live in safety and abundance without being surveilled, incarcerated or imprisoned.
In her book “We Do This Til We Free Us” Mariame Kaba reminds us that “…this moment is held up as one where the system worked, because someone we feel contempt for was punished. The system will occasionally offer such kernels, but they don’t add up to justice.” …
by Brittany Alston, Saqib Bhatti, and Vasudha Desikan
We all know that the COVID-19 pandemic is not just a public health emergency but also an economic catastrophe that has had disastrous impacts on Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities. While U.S. billionaires have seen their wealth increase by nearly $5 trillion dollars since March of last year, these past 18 months have brought into sharp relief how domestic economic policymaking continues to fail poor folks and BIPOC communities. …
President Biden and Secretary Yellen:
The past year has shown us what happens when you layer a public health crisis on top of racial inequity. COVID-19 had a disproportionate effect on Black and Brown neighborhoods that had already been suffering from decades of targeted disinvestment. Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to get federal relief directly into communities, particularly those harmed most from the devastating economic and health impacts of the pandemic.
We write to express concern that this federal relief funding will be diverted to Wall Street banks, corporate tax cuts, and additional policing.
By Tracey Corder and Ramah Kudaimi
Below is an excerpt from “After the Insurrection | An Abolitionist Response to White Supremacy” published February 28th in The organizing publication The Forge.
In the weeks since the white supremacist attack against the Capitol, many elected officials and policymakers have declared that we need more robust laws to tackle “domestic terrorism.” But history is very clear that this framework will only further harm Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities. Anti-terrorism policy has deliberately destroyed Muslim communities across the globe and criminalized activism among Black, Palestinian, and environmental justice organizers. …
by Alyxandra Goodwin, Jessica Quiason, and Tracey Corder
With each new crisis we face, we see more and more how Big Tech’s influence endangers our communities. From spreading misinformation around the COVID-19 epidemic, to amplifying white supremacy online in the lead up to the Capitol insurrection earlier in January, while at the same time silencing anti-racist voices. The chief strategy of any business is to maximize profits, but because of the ubiquity and scale of Big Tech, the harmful effects of monetization are stronger and more durable than many other industries.
Much of Big Tech is driven by profits from…
By Morgan Harper — American Economic Liberties Project and Tia Oso — Action Center on Race and the Economy
During his victory speech last November, incoming President Joe Biden told Black voters, “ You’ve always had my back, and I’ll have yours.” But as the first full week of the Biden-Harris administration gets underway and the president and his team begin the complicated business of addressing our nation’s multiple crises, this promise to have the backs of Black voters remains to be seen. While many are celebrating Kamala Harris’ #BlackGirlMagic and welcoming a return to competent government after four years…
By Ramah Kudaimi, Deputy Campaign Director - Crescendo
Once it became apparent that Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential election, many communities breathed a collective sigh of relief. For Muslim Americans in particular, it was momentous. After all, Donald Trump spent his presidency banning our families, scapegoating all Muslims, and filling the government with officials who made no attempt to hide their disdain for our faith.
President Biden ran on the promise of undoing much of what Trump had wrought and a return to normalcy. That included a promise to repeal the Muslim Ban, a series of executive orders that…
By Nahid Soltanzadeh, MPower Change, Ramah Kudaimi, ACRE, and Munira Lokhandwala, LittleSis
Stop Calling It Terrorism
Plenty has been written- see links at the end- about why we must resist the urge to label this episode of white supremacist violence “terrorism” and that our goal should be to end the War on Terror, not expand it to include white people.
The problem is not that the state or even the public don’t know that “terrorist” applies to white people. Black activists have been reminding us that the very settling and founding of the US is the result of white terror…
By Tia Oso — Director of Communications, ACRE
We all watched in horror last week as a group of armed insurrectionists stormed the United States Capitol and attempted a coup in support of Donald Trump. As the story unfolds, it is becoming clear that many in the mob were prepared to kidnap and even execute members of Congress and the Vice President, in a harrowing attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential Election. This deadly insurrectionist violence was incited by Donald Trump, numerous members of Congress, and networks of white supremacist and far-right organizations who spread misinformation and…