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Special Project

Power over Policing

As Minneapolis agrees to disband its police force and Denver votes unanimously to remove police from its public schools, police abolition has entered the public consciousness with full force and considerable support.

Alongside select archival essays, this special project features lawyers, activists, historians and more responding to the demands of the 2020 uprisings. They not only boldly imagine an abolitionist future without police and prisons, but outline the steps needed to get us there.

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Jocelyn Simonson

Reform efforts will fail. Only a power shift to communities can improve public safety.

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Scholars for Social Justice

These protests are too widespread to go away. There will be no peace without justice on multiple fronts.

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Gili Kliger

Police brutality is not isolated and exceptional. As Chicago’s decades-long history of police torture illustrates, it is built into the systemic nature of racial violence.

Derecka Purnell

Abolition is not about transforming the police, it is about transforming the nation.

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Tracey L. Meares

Policing as we know it must be abolished before it can be transformed.

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Daniel Geary

Bad police were not simply a symptom of racism. They were often its agents.

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