In June 2020, many people are asking for resources related to racism and policing, including what it means to defund the police, so I have a new ongoing resource list below. This is a supplement to my series of blog posts called, “For those who say, how can we defund the police.” -Karen Gaffney
Challenges to addressing police violence: systemic racism
Police: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (June 7, 2020) (video)
10 things we know about race and policing in the U.S. (PEW Research Center)
Two-thirds of black Americans don’t trust the police to treat them equally. Most white Americans do.
How The Police See Issues Of Race And Policing
‘Blue lives’ do matter — that’s the problem
The Police Report To Me, But I Knew I Couldn’t Protect My Son
Minneapolis Police Use Force Against Black People at 7 Times the Rate of Whites
How Police Unions Became Such Powerful Opponents to Reform Efforts
A Major Obstacle to Police Reform: The Whiteness of Their Union Bosses
My Family Saw a Police Car Hit a Kid on Halloween. Then I Learned How NYPD Impunity Works.
Thousands of Complaints Do Little to Change Police Ways
5 Years After Ferguson, We’re Losing the Fight Against Police Violence
Over the past 60 years, more spending on police hasn’t necessarily meant less crime
The Police Are Rioting. We Need to Talk About It.
Police Attacks on Protestors Are Rooted in a Violent Ideology of Reactionary Grievance
In America, Protest Is Patriotic: The police are supposed to protect free speech, not suppress it.
How White Crime Writers Justified Police Brutality: We don’t need any more novels or TV shows about cops who do the wrong thing for the “right” reason.
Normalizing Injustice: The Dangerous Misrepresentations that Define Television’s Scripted Crime Genre (Report, Color of Change, 2020)
America, This is Your Chance
How Do We Change America? The quest to transform this country cannot be limited to challenging its brutal police.
Throughline podcast (NPR): American Police
The History Of Police In Creating Social Order In The U.S.
Not just George Floyd: Police departments have 400-year history of racism
The Power of Black Lives Matter: How the movement that’s changing America was built and where it goes next
Michelle Alexander: “A System of Racial and Social Control” (PBS interview transcript)
How Much Do We Need The Police?
Ida B. Wells offered the solution to police violence more than 100 years ago
Slave Patrols: An Early Form of American Policing
Defunding the Police
Reformist reforms vs. abolitionist steps in policing
Would Defunding the Police Make Us Safer? Police departments have enormous budgets. Are we getting what we pay for? (Podcast with transcript)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: What Does It Mean to Defund Or Abolish the Police?
Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police: Because reform won’t happen.
Abolition Can’t Wait: A Teach-In with #8toAbolition
How to Make Defunding the Police a Reality
The Only Solution Is to Defund the Police
Why #DefundthePolice is Genius Strategy
No More Money for the Police
Defunding Police: What It Takes to End Police Violence
How Defund and Disband Became the Demands
Movement to defund police gains ‘unprecedented’ support across US
Freedom to Thrive: Reimagining Safety & Security in Our Communities (2017 Report by The Center for Popular Democracy)
Ruth Wilson Gilmore Makes the Case for Abolition (Intercepted podcast)
Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind
Political Possibilities: Black Feminism Offers a Path to Abolition
If You’re New to Abolition: Study Group Guide
Twitter threads on defunding the police
Amber Ashley James
Organizations and initiatives for change
Black Lives Matter
The Movement for Black Lives
The Black National Convention (organized by The Movement for Black Lives, Aug. 28)
Color of Change
Survived and Punished
What are we talking about when we talk about “a police-free future?”
Western States Center: Take the Pledge. 21 Days for Inclusive Democracy.
Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Alternatives to Policing Flyers available here on Google Drive (see the explainer)
Google Doc on Abolition Study
Sick of the ‘blue code of silence,’ director Ava DuVernay starts an initiative to spotlight police brutality
How should N.J. reform when police can use force? AG wants to hear from you. and related SURJ-NJ Action Alert
10 Ways To Do Racial Justice Advocacy After You Say “Black Lives Matter” (NJ Institute for Social Justice)
NJ Institute for Social Justice Action Center
Black community leaders: Make Black lives really matter in New Jersey
Asbury Park Transformative Justice Project
Why I Protested
Suburban While Black
Latinos stand with #BlackLivesMatter because we both fight for justice and equality
Governor Murphy and AG Grewal Announce Continued Progress and New Measures to Strengthen Police-Community Trust
Changes in Policing Take Hold in One of the Nation’s Most Dangerous Cities (Camden, NJ) (2017)
What Happened to Crime in Camden? Often ranked as one of the deadliest cities in America, Camden, New Jersey, ended 2017 with its lowest homicide rate since the 1980s.
The Camden Police Department Is Not a Model for Policing in the Post-George Floyd Era
9 Departments and Multiple Infractions for One New Jersey Police Officer
Compiled by Karen Gaffney, author of Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox (Routledge) and creator of the website Divided No Longer, which includes a new series of blog posts “For those who say, how can we defund the police.” If you have any feedback or suggestions, please contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org