Sunday news links – May 31, 2020

The police are the violence

Police Erupt in Violence Nationwide Slate

George Floyd riots spiral out of control: Chaos in 25 cities from New York to LA as protesters torch cop cars, burn down buildings and clash with riot police on a fifth night of violence with hundreds of arrests and injuries Daily Mail

Curfews go into effect in cities around the country as George Floyd protests continue NBC

Curfews will be in effect Saturday evening in Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

NYPD Cruisers Drive Into Protesters in Brooklyn in Third Night of Demonstrations Slate

Mayor Says National Guard Will Be Deployed in LA Newser

Exclusive: The US Military Is Monitoring Protests in 7 States Nation

Philadelphia Goes From Calm to Chaos in an Instant Daily Beast

Target Has a Long History With the Minneapolis Police Slate

Times reporter recounts being hit with tear gas and rubber bullets by Minnesota police LA Times

No More Cop Unions The New Republic

Abolishing police unions should be part of the broader fight to defund, demilitarize, and ultimately dismantle the U.S. police force.

Policing in the US is not about enforcing law. It’s about enforcing white supremacy Guardian

Amid Minneapolis Uprising, Anti-War Veterans Call On National Guard to Stand Down In These Times

“We urge you to have the courage to do the right thing. Refuse activation orders.”


In Show of Solidarity, Public Transit Workers Refuse to Transport Police Units or Those Arrested at #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd Protests Common Dreams

Bus driver union says it won’t help NYPD transport arrested protesters TheHill

How Western media would cover Minneapolis if it happened in another country Washington Post

Seniors at Christian academy [in Minnesota] mock George Floyd in photo The Gamut


New York City’s average life expectancy may have dipped by 5 years due to the coronavirus. Here’s how that compares to past epidemics. Business Insider

Indigenous Peoples

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro is devastating indigenous lands, with the world distracted The Conversation

Capitalist crisis

Think Coronavirus Caused The Crash? These Two Charts Beg To Differ

Colombian designers prepare cardboard hospital beds that double as coffins Guardian

Planet of the Censoring Humans Matt Taibbi

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