Category: 2021

Who Counts?

By KJ Shepard

Read the full article from Protean Magazine, here.

The actual extent of homelessness in the U.S., writes KJ Shepherd, is drastically underestimated—a result of flawed counting metrics, enabled by a broader refusal by power to admit its true, staggering scale.

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Why voters rejected plans to replace the Minneapolis Police Department – and what’s next for policing reform

By Michelle S. Phelps

Read the full article from Yahoo News, here.

Michelle Phelps at the University of Minnesota leads a project looking at attitudes toward policing in the city. The Conversation asked her to explain what happened in the Nov. 2, 2021, vote and where it leaves both Minneapolis’ beleaguered police department and police reform movements nationwide.

The Emerging Movement for Police and Prison Abolition

By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Read the full article from The New Yorker here.

“Our current criminal-justice system is rooted in the assumption that millions of people require policing, surveillance, containment, prison. It is a dark view of humanity. By contrast, Kaba and others in this emergent movement fervently believe in the capacity of people to change in changed conditions. That is the optimism at the heart of the abolitionist project.”

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