At the end of October, during the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago, President Trump announced, “In coming weeks, Attorney General Barr will announce a new crackdown on violent crime—which I think is so important—targeting gangs and drug traffickers in high crime cities and dangerous rural areas.” Attorney General Barr announced, right before the holidays, the initiative known as Operation Relentless Pursuit at a news conference in Detroit, Michigan. Joining him were leaders of the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. Marshals Service. Baltimore City is one of 7 cities, . . .
The Colonized Are The Real Proletariat On December 15, 2019, news broke worldwide that a landmark lawsuit had been filed in Washington DC. The plaintiffs: a group of fourteen Africans – parents and children from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The defendants: Google (now Alphabet Inc), Apple, Tesla, Microsoft, and Dell. A veritable who’s who of the modern tech industry. The complaint? That these giant tech corporations, each worth billions of dollars with business operations spanning the skies and the globe, were “knowingly benefiting from and aiding and abetting the cruel and brutal use of exploited young children.” In plain . . .
“The prison, therefore, functions ideologically as an abstract site into which undesirables are deposited, relieving us of the responsibility of thinking about the real issues afflicting those communities from which prisoners are drawn in such disproportionate numbers. This is the ideological work that the prison performs—it relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.” Angela Y. Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete? According to the Prison Policy Initiative, the American criminal justice system currently holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 109 federal prisons, 1,772 . . .