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Khanoisseur 🐶🤦🏻‍♂️🌎+ Your Authors @Khanoisseur Nonpartisan fact-checks + “frustratingly accurate” analysis of news (+🐶 pics). *Turn notifications on* Stuff @Google @Twitter @Facebook @Tesla @Audi Jun. 14, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

While low-level looting of stores during protests draws public/media outrage, we ignore the high-level looting that shifted trillions of dollars from poor neighborhoods — money that could’ve improved K-12 schools, delivered free college, spent instead on military, prison complex.

The school-to-prison pipeline is supported by budgetary decisions made at highest levels. From 1987-2007, funding for incarceration more than doubled while funding for higher education was raised by just 21%, punishing children with learning disabilities or histories of poverty.

Listen to the clip at the link below. Law professor Amna Akbar of Ohio State University (her research and teaching focus on social movements, critical theory, and policing, race, and inequality) nails why this “defund” movement grew so quickly after George Floyd’s murder.

Amna Akbar on how COVID-19 revealed scary holes in the social safety net, and how the police response (and display of military grade gear while people were told there’s not enough money for schools) to crush an organic public uprising after George Floyd’s murder set up Defund.

US is unique as a developed nation to incarcerate so many people per capita. We abolished slavery — can we now abolish its reincarnation — the prison system? Can we find better ways to reform our broken society? That would greatly reduce need for police to feed the prison beast.


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