– Uncoupling Health and Mental Health Care from Policing and Prisons
Critical Resistance has long advocated for the abolition of policing, and we want to highlight some of these common sense strategies that we have developed along with those of our allies. We hope that the resources here might be places where people can plug in, get involved, and use on the daily to build their capacity to stop relying on police as first responders in emergency situations or otherwise. Despite the daily harassment and murder by police and the ripping apart of families as people are sent to jail and prison, we hold onto the hope that this organizing instills in us: that we will win.
– What To Do Instead of Calling the Police:
Fatal Force: 738
people have been shot and killed by police in 2016. This database is based on news reports, public records, social media and other sources. Read about our methodology. Download the data. See the 2015 database.
– Safety Beyond Policing
The Safety Beyond Policing campaign is comprised of New Yorkers who do not want NYC to invest in hiring more police officers. Safer and healthier neighborhoods are strengthened by addressing poverty. This can only happen by truly investing into these communities–not throwing cops at the problem. We are motivated by love, justice and dignity.
– This Is Hell!
Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton explore the hidden economic dimension behind police brutality and mass incarceration in the United States – the neoliberal forces expanding criminalization and state violence in service of privatization and gentrification – and explain why a solution to the carceral state is not more training or more funding or more cameras for police, but less contact with the police in the lives of Americans, and a reinvestment in education, healthcare and housing.
Jordan and Christina edited the collection Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter from Verso Books.