In this two part episode, we devote our conversation to the importance of Abolishing the Police in all of its forms. A world without cops is a step forward to live in a safe, inclusive, accountable, and thriving society.
Part 1 focuses on the importance of abolishing the police inside campus, at the universities. We go to Los Angeles to interview student activist, Oceana Gilliam and UCLA professor Ananya Roy.
Our story begins in June 2020, when the LAPD used the Jackie Robinson Stadium as a field jail to detain Black Lives Matter activists. This was during protests demanding justice after the recent killing of George Floyd by police officers. Meanwhile, students, faculty, and staff at the University of California are organizing to get #CopsOffCampus by Fall 2021.
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How do we make this world safe for Black people? The US is inciting a war on poor and working-class communities — through law enforcement — that is deeply racialized and deeply gendered. Policing and mass control maintain the hegemony, while patriarchy plays out in how we respond to harm through violence and punishment. Abolition through a Black feminist lens offers a radical approach to address violence and harm in our communities.