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Revolution as Policy
Revolution as Policy

Abolition for the People

Voting out those who perpetuate harm is a key part of abolition

This article is part of Abolition for the People, a series brought to you by a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a Medium publication for and about the lives of Black and Brown men. The series, which comprises 30 essays and conversations over four weeks, points to the crucial conclusion that policing and prisons are not solutions for the issues and people the state deems social problems — and calls for a future that puts justice and the needs of the community first.

Imagine a society in which prisons, police, and all other institutions that inflict violence on Black people are abolished. Now imagine the money previously funding those institutions being used to create housing and mental care investments that actually prevent harm from happening in the first place. …


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Abolition for the People

Only by dismantling unjust systems can we imagine a future that is safe, healthy, and truly free

This article is part of Abolition for the People, a series brought to you by a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a Medium publication for and about the lives of Black and Brown men. The series, which comprises 30 essays and conversations over four weeks, points to the crucial conclusion that policing and prisons are not solutions for the issues and people the state deems social problems — and calls for a future that puts justice and the needs of the community first.

In the wake of the state-sanctioned lynchings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, the United States has been forced to grapple with not only the devastation of police terrorism but also the institutions that constitute, enhance, and expand the carceral state. In response, uprisings demanding the defunding of the police have spread across the country with no signs of stopping. Those who have been terrorized by law enforcement, those who have had enough of their very existence being criminalized, and those who have dedicated their lives to the cause of liberation by any means necessary are demanding the abolition of the carceral state — the institutions, structures, and practices of anti-Black state-sanctioned violence that violates the fundamental humanity of Black and Indigenous people and people of color. …


Graphic text: Abolition for the People by Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL
Graphic text: Abolition for the People by Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL

The Movement for a Future Without Policing & Prisons

The ongoing scourge of police terrorism has reinvigorated an important national conversation about policing and incarceration — their history, purpose, and practice. While some have called for reforms, like stricter use-of-force policies and enhanced body cam protocols for officers, others have demanded more sweeping change.

“Abolition for the People,” a project produced by Kaepernick Publishing in partnership with LEVEL, seeks to end that debate once and for all. …


Just Rankin’ Sh!t

Wear these at the risk of a panicked beatdown

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Photo: Flashpop/Getty Images

5. Hurricane Anything

Midwesterners don’t like twisters. Californians fear fires and earthquakes. Latinx people, many of whom hail from coastal countries and states, get nervous at the thought of big incoming storms. Bonus terror points if the eye of the hurricane is Mal de ojo.

4. Chancla-Wielding Mamá

Nothing takes Latinx folks back to their childhood frights faster than seeing mom carrying around a flip-flop, preparing to whack the shit out of someone.

3. David S. Pumpkins

No knock on Tom Hanks, but this beloved SNL character is so infused with a White absurdist sense of humor that Latinx folks who grew up on the over-the-top surrealism of characters like El Chapulín Colorado fear they’re missing the joke. Is there more to this character we’re not getting? He’s not dressed like a grasshopper, he just wears a suit and dances? …


The financial toll of racial bias is in the trillions

Racism costs lives, mental health, trauma, unethical wage gaps — and trillions of dollars.

In a 104-page-report, Dana Peterson — a global economist for Citi Group — quantifies the cost of racial bias over the last two decades, and the amount is astonishing.

Read more in Marker’s report here.


Halloween may be a night for tricks, treats, and ghouls for most kids, but it meant an entirely different kind of celebration for those growing up in the Black church. In his essay for Momentum’s Halloween While Black series, Isaiah McCall writes about going to “Hallelujah parties” and dressing up as Moses while his friends donned Marvel superhero getups.

Read McCall’s essay in its entirety below.


How much longer can a person act as if being pro-life and anti-marriage equality supersedes all other Christian values?

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Liberty University students at a Trump rally in 2016. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Last Tuesday, during a 50-minute interview on Fox and Friends, President Trump claimed that Joe Biden wants to take away God from Texans.

“They want to take away your guns, your oil and your God. That’s what they want,” Trump claimed over the phone. “That’s not for Texas. Texas is not going to be losing their guns and they’re not going to be losing their oil and they’re not going to be losing their religion or their God.”

This spectacularly inane claim recalls a similarly stupid accusation made by the reality game show host and longtime scammer turned president in a separate interview with Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera back in August. “He’s against the Bible,” Trump said of Biden at the time. When Rivera responded by noting it was “harsh” to say this about a devout Catholic, Trump — a heathen by literal definition — countered with, “Well, the people who control him totally are. …


Who Is Being Healed?
Who Is Being Healed?

Abolition for the People

I was 19 when I went to prison, but prison isn’t what healed me

This article is part of Abolition for the People, a series brought to you by a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a Medium publication for and about the lives of Black and Brown men. The series, which comprises 30 essays and conversations over four weeks, points to the crucial conclusion that policing and prisons are not solutions for the issues and people the state deems social problems — and calls for a future that puts justice and the needs of the community first.

The first and only time my name was mentioned in the New York Times was in connection with the 2001 headline “Man Found Guilty in Killings at Muffin Shop in Manhattan.” My name was buried in the sixth paragraph. The headline was meant for my co-defendant, but I was the 19-year-old villainous co-star in a cast of crooks who were hoping there was a savior like Viola Davis’ Anna Keating who could help us get away with (felony) murder. The same year of this headline, Critical Resistance, an organization founded on the politics of abolition, held its second conference in Manhattan. …


It’s ‘rona’s world now — we should be prepared

The Lakers may be fresh off their championship win, but Shaq Cheris is already thinking about the NBA’s next season. Odds are we won’t witness sold-out crowds or Beyoncé and Jay-Z courtside anytime soon, so Shaq’s provided a list of predictions for the next NBA bubble. Because if the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s better to stay prepared.

Read his full list of NBA bubble predictions here:

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