01 Jul 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Domestic Terrorist’ From Die Jim Crow Records

Die Jim Crow Records, the first record label for current and formerly incarcerated musicians, has recorded music in five prisons in Colorado, Ohio, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

The label released their first album on Juneteenth—BL Shirelle’s “Assata Troi”—and now they have released a single, “Domestic Terrorist,” by a musician who is unnamed in order to protect them while they remain incarcerated.

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01 Jul 2020

Prioritizing Children’s Wellness Over Cops: The Movement To End Policing In Schools

In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests, several school boards voted or are in the process of voting to defund school police forces.

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27 May 2020

LAPD’s Hollywood Office: How The Department Shaped ABC’s ‘The Rookie’

Through this video essay, Tom Secker examines the Los Angeles Police Department’s Entertainment Trademark Unit, which deals with Hollywood. Specifically, he focuses on ABC’s “The Rookie.”

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13 Nov 2019

Capitol Police Attempted To Arrest Code Pink Activist Medea Benjamin For Allegedly ‘Assaulting’ Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Police in Washington, D.C. surrounded the home of Code Pink activist Medea Benjamin and attempted to arrest her for “assaulting” Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. But police did not have a warrant and apparently were uncertain whether an assault was even committed.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (via fortunebrainstormreinvent on Flickr)
25 Oct 2018

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Office Invokes Terrorism To Keep Response Plan To Van Dyke Verdict Secret

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office invoked terrorism to exempt itself from releasing plan for protests after verdict in former Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke’s trial.

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Photo by Thomas Hawk
03 Oct 2018

Berkeley Police Posted Mugshots Of Activists To ‘Create Counter-Narrative’ Of Protests Against Far-Right

Documents obtained by Lucy Parsons Lab show why the Berkeley Police Department posted the mugshots and other personal information of activists on Twitter.

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19 Sep 2018

At Trial, Officers Undermine Notion Jason Van Dyke Feared For His Life When Killed Laquan McDonald

In the murder trial of Jason Van Dyke, the former Chicago police officer who shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, the outcome truly seems up for grabs.

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17 Sep 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Prayer Song’ By Noname Featuring Adam Ness

Noname is the moniker of Fatimah Warner, a 26-year-old indie rapper from Chicago. She recently released her first official album “Room 25,” a much-anticipated follow-up to her acclaimed 2016 free mixtape, “Telefone.” The album is already receiving wide praise. Her music couples inventive musical arrangements with an insightful lyrical flow.

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13 Sep 2018

In City That Once Banned Drones, Evanston Police Crafted A Secret Drone Policy

Evanston police quietly maintained an unreleased internal policy regarding the use of drones, according to a document obtained by Lucy Parsons Labs. The document [PDF], entitled “Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Operations” and dated July 25, 2018, lays out departmental guidelines for the use of drones. It is included in the

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Photo by Ryan Adams on Flickr.
10 Sep 2018

CIA-Backed Firm Touted Social Media Surveillance Of Students To Sell Services To Evanston Police

Emails obtained by Lucy Parsons Labs reveal that Geofeedia touted social media surveillance of students to sell their services to Evanston police.

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