Posts Tagged ‘ police ’

Hartford to cut $1M from police budget for next year, redirect another $1M within the department to walk-beats, training – Hartford Courant

Khaiim Kelly, 42, of Hartford, speaks outside Hartford City Hall on Wednesday during a demonstration in support of defunding the police. Late that night, city council voted on a $1 million reduction to the police department. (Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant)

Hartford City Council has voted to seek a $1 million reduction from the Hartford Police Department’s budget for next year, moving those funds to other city departments, and to redistribute $1 million in spending within the department.

Source: Hartford to cut $1M from police budget for next year, redirect another $1M within the department to walk-beats, training – Hartford Courant

Kamala Harris Is Done Explaining Racism – The New York Times

Zeitgeist Spam: Disband and defund the so-called* police (see note at end for explanation of asterisk)? Of course. But, please: dismantle the structure that stands behind and empowers them; otherwise it’s just a waste of energy

Police and protesters clash on 30 May in Philadelphia, during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd. Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP

Source: Zeitgeist Spam: Disband and defund the so-called* police (see note at end for explanation of asterisk)? Of course. But, please: dismantle the structure that stands behind and empowers them; otherwise it’s just a waste of energy

Ta-Nehisi Coates on George Floyd, police protests, and hope – Vox

A protester in Washington, DC, speaks into a bullhorn as people kneel and hold their hands up in front of Lafayette Park near the White House to protest the death of George Floyd on May 25.Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The author of Between the World and Me on why this isn’t 1968, the Colin Kaepernick test, police abolition, nonviolence and the state, and more.

Source: Ta-Nehisi Coates on George Floyd, police protests, and hope – Vox

Read Lightfoot’s Full Statement Condemning Violent Chicago Protests, Enacting Curfew – NBC Chicago

Peaceful protests Saturday in Chicago over the death of George Floyd escalated into chaos in some cases, with groups of protesters breaking downtown storefront windows, setting fires and damaging cars. Mayor Lori Lightfoot responded with a 9 p.m. curfew for the city and a strong message for those “who came to today’s protest armed for all-out battle.”

Source: Read Lightfoot’s Full Statement Condemning Violent Chicago Protests, Enacting Curfew – NBC Chicago

An American Uprising | The New Yorker

Protesters and law enforcement in New York City on the third day of demonstrations after the killing of George Floyd, by police, in Minneapolis.Photograph by Ashley Gilbertson / VII / Redux

Who, really, is the agitator here?

Source: An American Uprising | The New Yorker

Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike Delivers an Emotional Plea

If you haven’t had a chance to watch this, it’s really worth your time. Rapper and activist Michael Render, aka Killer Mike of Run the Jewels, spoke at a press conference in Atlanta about the protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, the history of policing in the city, and his outrage, delivering a plea for the city’s residents to not “burn your own house down for anger with an enemy”.

Source: Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike Delivers an Emotional Plea

POST-CRISIS POETICS: T.C. Marshall, A Secret Agent, a Spaceman, & a Talking Bear: A Theory of Doubling the Stakes in Poetry

THE ARGUMENT
As we choose and argue over our ways of making art, over the uses of our tools, we re-enact the policing of the world at large. Heriberto Yépez has laid this all out sharply in his provocatively pointed “Notes on art’s crap.” In this part of his work “Against the Police-Concept of Art,” Yépez delightfully excoriates our dominant art world and indicts its aestheticisms. He has taken ideas like Rancière’s to the next level, and outdone him on all counts. The re-incorporation of severed parts of society may have been Whitman’s game, as the telling it slant was Dickinson’s, and the reaching to include other mindsets was Rimbaud’s and Mallarmé’s, and all are praised as “politics” by Rancière in his literary criticism, but art polices itself too—through us, the artists. Art’s function, Yépez says, “is to sabotage individual discontent and prevent violent collective explosions” by balancing our work against the art-world games of being heard and choosing what to hear, just as the management of finance tries to do with the other crises in our world through devaluations. It is our accounting of the world that polices it. As Heriberto writes: “Every element of art polices the others,” and “Police is the ruling concept of art.” To assert that artworks “are part of the pacification apparatus” where “you are supposed to be the detective who finds additional meanings in art and never finds the police and the crime” is almost funny in the way it frames us, but it leads him to an abrupt fierce conclusion about our arts:  – T.C. Marshall

Art will not change. Art will not change art. Art will not change the world. The world needs to destroy art. The transformation of the world will involve the destruction of every form of art. Art’s self-destruction is not enough.  – Heriberto Yépez

Source: POST-CRISIS POETICS: T.C. Marshall, A Secret Agent, a Spaceman, & a Talking Bear: A Theory of Doubling the Stakes in Poetry

QUESTIONS FOR POETS, text by Anne Boyer | Aesthetic Education at MUTE

~ Cecilia Vicuna

QUESTIONS FOR POETS, text by Anne Boyer | Aesthetic Education Expanded Newly At MUTE.

SUSANA BACA – Silencio Para Ser Cantado (La Camisa)