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Every cop with a gun should also be outfitted with a video camera

Earlier this week, after an inquest jury essentially vindicated London police officers in the 2011 killing of 29 year old Mark Duggan, authorities announced that, henceforth, some number of London’s 2,300 firearms-carrying officers would begin wearing vest-mounted video cameras. And, as much as I consider myself a privacy advocate, and despise our ever expanding surveillance […]

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Boots Riley of The Coup… on Communism, Corporatism, hip-hop, and the need to beat down scabs

Last night, I had the occasion to speak with world-renowned hip-hop provocateur Boots Riley on a wide range of subjects spanning from his childhood in Detroit, spent in a household of Communist organizers, to his current work, organizing people in his neighborhood as a member Occupy Oakland. And, of course, we touched on his equally […]

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Housing incentives for municipal employees… is now the right time?

A few days ago, in a post about the recent string of downtown burglaries, I noted that, given that we have fewer police on the streets these days due to budget cuts, it might help if those police officers that we did have working for the City, actually lived here. I don’t know that it […]

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UC Davis Chancellor escorted from her office as hundreds of students line her path, staring in deafening silence

By now, you’ve probably seen the the footage of the UC Davis students being pepper sprayed. It’s disgusting stuff. The students are sitting down in a line, across a sidewalk, protesting recent tuition hires, and, ironically enough, episodes of police brutality elsewhere in the University of California system. They are peaceful. No one is yelling. […]

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Which of these three videos do you find most upsetting?

First, we have video of a peacefully protesting Iraq war veteran by the name of Kayvan Sabehgi being severely beaten by Oakland riot police. It’s being reported that his spleen was lacerated in the attack. Next, we have Daily Show corespondent Samantha Bee exposing the class divisions taking shape between protesters in Zuccotti Park. The […]

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