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Why policing in America is rotten to the core

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Consider this hypothetical scenario: You’ve got a box full of apples. The majority of them, say 65, are ripe. But there’s also another 35 that are rotten. Unfortunately for you, there’s only one box and you’re transporting them on a very long road trip, so you have to keep all of the apples together.

You’re so happy that you have more ripe apples in the box; you don’t even think about the rotten ones.

Somewhere along the way, though, you notice a pungent odor coming from the decaying fruit.

You take a moment to check the box and see that…


For people facing long sentences and even deportation, contact with the outside world is crucial

Photos: courtesy of Kelly Savage

On August 31, after 15 years, Patricia Waller was on the brink of being released from the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF). Instead of tasting freedom, though, she found herself heading hundreds of miles to a Colorado detention facility after California Governor Gavin Newsom handed her over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Waller was born in Belize — a country she has few remaining ties to but will soon be returning to against her will.

Being away from her family, community, and legal team has been “a little stressful, maybe,” Waller tells me over the phone one morning in…


Long live Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Every year, on the second Monday of October, folks go through the same motions. On one side, there’s a chorus of those who celebrate a certain murderous Renaissance explorer who inadvertently navigated to the Caribbean and led his people to rape and pillage the island natives. (This includes businesses that close up shop in commemoration.) On the other side, there’s another group of voices (especially on social media) that counter with one of Jay-Z’s most quotable lines: “Only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace.”

Christopher Columbus’ legacy annually causes a stir, but people have been opposed to the unwarranted hero worship…


Abolition for the People

The militarization of police departments has only intensified an ongoing cycle of failure and oppression

This article is part of Abolition for the People, a series brought to you by a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a Medium publication for and about the lives of Black and Brown men. The series, which comprises 30 essays and conversations over four weeks, points to the crucial conclusion that policing and prisons are not solutions for the issues and people the state deems social problems — and calls for a future that puts justice and the needs of the community first.

Around 1968, a “gutty little ragtag outfit” linked up on the streets of Los Angeles. This…


Abolition for the People

For centuries, people have been unwilling to grasp the concept that only by undoing the foundation can we build a new future

This article is part of Abolition for the People, a series brought to you by a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a Medium publication for and about the lives of Black and Brown men. The series, which comprises 30 essays and conversations over four weeks, points to the crucial conclusion that policing and prisons are not solutions for the issues and people the state deems social problems — and calls for a future that puts justice and the needs of the community first.

Movements against racist police violence and against entrenched racial injustices in this country’s jails and prisons…


Abolition for the People

In a candid conversation with Kiese Laymon, Mario Woods’ mother reflects on his life — and the violence that robbed him of his future

This article is part of Abolition for the People, a series brought to you by a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a Medium publication for and about the lives of Black and Brown men. The series, which comprises 30 essays and conversations over four weeks, points to the crucial conclusion that policing and prisons are not solutions for the issues and people the state deems social problems — and calls for a future that puts justice and the needs of the community first.

It’s morning. I just got off the phone with Gwen Woods, the mother of Mario Woods…

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