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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The Debt Collective is organizing to demand the cancellation of all student debt. In this episode we interviewed two Black university graduates: Armen Henderson, a physician with over $600,000 in debt, and Lauren Horner, organizer of the Debt Collective. Armen and Lauren are debt strikers; they are not paying their debt and are demanding free college for all.