Friday’s news links – June 5, 2020

Insurrection in the Eye of the Beholder The Baffler. The Insurrection Act of 1807.

Although “insurrection,” under the Act, was legally undefined, in its usage its meaning has become clear. Calling forth the “federal cavalry” has historically suppressed uprisings that regard the unending struggle to fully incorporate black Americans as citizens of the United States. This historical struggle is graphic and violent, representing continuing battles in a “civil war” that began long before 1861 and continues to this day.

Police terror

In the Bronx, police fenced in and then charged on protesters. NYTimes

Seventh Night Of Protests Against Police Violence Culminates In Violent NYPD Crackdown In Brooklyn Gothamist

Manhattan judge denies Legal Aid request to free hundreds of George Floyd protesters held more than 24 hours NY Daily News

Riot police shove elderly man onto ground at New York protest, leaving him unconscious Independent

Troubling videos capture L.A. police violence, aggression amid demonstrations LA Times

Tear Gas Is Way More Dangerous Than Police Let On — Especially During the Coronavirus Pandemic ProPublica

In the middle of a respiratory pandemic, law enforcement agencies have used tear gas in especially dangerous ways. The chemical agent also seeps into homes, contaminates food, furniture, skin and surfaces, and can cause long-term lung damage.

It’s terrible that we even have to explain what pepper balls are, but here we are FastCompany

The Trump campaign claimed it used pepper balls, not tear gas, on protesters in Lafayette Square. What are they, anyway?

A College Student’s Family Say He Has Brain Damage After Police Shot Him With A Beanbag Round BuzzFeed

How Police Became Paramilitaries NYRB

The answer to police violence is not ‘reform’. It’s defunding. Here’s why. Guardian

Portland superintendent says he’s ‘discontinuing’ presence of armed police officers in schools Oregon Live

‘This is Huge’: Move to Defund Police Gains Support Nationwide Common Dreams

Law Enforcement Seizes Masks Meant To Protect Anti-Racist Protesters From COVID-19 HuffPost

The armed white men who terrorized Philadelphia’s Black Lives Matter supporters Guardian

Armed Counterprotesters Are Menacing BLM Rallies Across America Daily Beast

National Guard kneel with protesters in Hollywood The Hill

George Floyd death: Anti-racism sites hit by wave of cyber-attacks BBC

Bishop who criticized Trump gets blocked from accessing her church — thanks to new White House border wall Raw Story

Inspired by U.S. protests, some Belgians want colonial king statues removed Reuters

Public Health Experts Say the Pandemic Is Exactly Why Protests Must Continue Slate

Labor

NYC Labor Unions Back $1 Billion Cut to NYPD Budget LaborPress

AFL-CIO’s Veteran Council Demands Resignation of Defense Secretary and Joint Chiefs Chair Over Violent Clearing of Lafayette Square Common Dreams

Capitalism

Billionaire Wealth Surges By Over Half Trillion Dollars During the Pandemic IPS

Millions Of Americans Skip Payments As Tidal Wave Of Defaults And Evictions Looms NPR


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