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    We need to be willing to challenge the notion that cops are around to protect us.  To a lot of us they are more like an army of occupation than anything else.  They are the footsoldiers of those who invade us.  Some may be nice and hand out gum, or help out when you have a flat tire, but that doesn't change what they really are.

    To a large extent they exist because we don't build the kinds of communities that don't need them.  The more responsibility we are willing and able to take, the fewer institutions of coercion we'll have to be threatened (and even murdered) by.

    •  An occupation force does protect people (4+ / 0-)

      It's just a matter of who they protect and who they serve.

      To a large extent they exist because we don't build the kinds of communities that don't need them.  The more responsibility we are willing and able to take, the fewer institutions of coercion we'll have to be threatened (and even murdered) by.
      A million times yes. Doing nonviolence and de-escalation training is a first step toward this. As is organizing our society in a more just way that allows for all to participate in decision making about their life and their community.

      If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

      by AoT on Mon May 06, 2013 at 11:48:56 AM PDT

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