There is less than a mile from the freeway offramp to my home, but in that short distance I see the late stages of capitalism and white supremacy unravelling all around me. New transformer-looking Sac Sheriff’s SUVs speed past unhoused folx dehydrating on the center divider—public servants too busy detaining and searching Black neighbors to pass a water bottle to a community member in need. Sac PD rolls through being bolstered by the 30 additional officers assigned to Oak Park after an increase in community violence, but I just see them spend their time hassling and raiding encampments of neighbors solely trying to survive. Meanwhile, a woman with tears running down her checks stumbles into traffic and no one seems to give a fuck because her melanin and gender have already been ascribed guilt. …and who are Paladin Security, really, and why are they everywhere?Read more
On June 23rd, 2017, James Nelson, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, was experiencing a mental health crisis and was in need of help. Citrus Heights Police Department responded, and instead of helping James, they held him to the scolding hot ground. That day was 100 degrees, and the asphalt was reported to be as hot at 170 degrees. He suffered (and is still suffering this day) from severe burns and was fighting for his life for weeks after the abuse. He underwent surgery for skin grafts and is likely going to need more. Days after the incident, CHPD tried to turn around and say that James was a "suspect" for robbery. Videos have been released of the supposed "robbery" incident, which clearly shows no such thing happened.
Scott Jones announced today that he will not seek a third term as the Sacramento County Sheriff. Short of an immediate recall from office, this might be the best news of 2017 for Sacramento County. Scott Jones is a major reason a Black Lives Matter chapter exists in Sacramento.Read more
Let me introduce you to Igzabihair Jabir Yamakosi-Lewis……..
Hands Off BLM Leader Tanya Faison
Take a deep breath and bring your focus back to what matters—Black liberation. Sit with this awhile. Envision the community you would surround yourself with, the joy you would feel as all Black people—and by extension all people—were valued and grew into the beautiful possibilities that each of us hold free from any binds of oppression. Embrace this image close to your heart, because we are going to need these collective dreamscapes to fuel what is coming and what has always been.
When our streets run with the blood of Black bodies killed by law enforcement sworn to protect and serve, when our communities are lined with unhoused folks being harassed for surviving extreme poverty, when our courtroom & jails are overflowing with Black & Brown bodies funneled into cages whose doors never really open, when our schools teach “tolerance” even as they force out Black children from their classrooms, when it is easier to self-medicate than it is to find adequate health care, and when our housing is so expensive and unstable that developers become the only profiteers of our labor, we need to acknowledge that white supremacy is not even remotely new. Thousands of torch-wielding nazis shouldn’t be necessary for you to be outraged. The atrocity of Black death has been institutionalized for centuries from enslavement to the Prison Industrial Complex. #thishasALWAYSbeenus.Read more
Scott Jones, we don’t want you!
Scott Jones is an elected official. He is supposed to represent and serve the community.
Instead, he is detaining undocumented immigrants (and getting paid hella money for it by the federal government).
Instead, he is attacking black leaders.
Instead, he is running an inhumane county jail, where Armani Lee (among others) continue to be abused and degraded.
Instead, his staff is getting away with killing unarmed black people.
He is not serving our community -- he is HARMING our community. He has not been held accountable for any of this. And now, he has been so encouraged by the lack of accountability from his superiors that he has taken it to another level.Read more