Dave and Bob come together this week in the Sound Studio to try to understand the #defund police movement. After a little reminiscing about great stickers in their life, they discuss the history of policing, including the failures of reform efforts and visions of abolition of the police and prisons. They dig even deeper to ask what are police actually for in society? Building on this, they discuss what people can do wherever they are to be a part of these efforts.
Thanks to the artists: Drake Stafford, Cullah, and the enigmatic Joe Schine
Spike Lee’s brilliant Do The Right Thing (1989, not 1990 or 91 as we stated in the show) and an essay on why people riot.
Mariame Kaba’s historical and historic essay on abolition in the NYT
“Pig” as a derogatory word for police has been going on since at least 1811.
Police shot their own anti-bias trainer, interviewed on Democracy Now.
Cheryl Harris’ important essay Whiteness as Property
Critical Resistance’s very important work on defunding and prison abolition
Box Car by Shovels and Rope, one of the best vocal performances Dave’s ever seen
Book club! How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
The podcast Intercepted, this week’s amazing episode with abolitionist Ruth Wilson Gilmore