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book: Title: Ten Lives, Ten Demands : Life-and-Death Stories, and a Black Activist's Blueprint for Racial Justice
book:Becoming abolitionists : police, protests, and the pursuit of freedom
book cover: Punishing Race: A Continuing American Dilemma
book: Unreasonable : Black Lives, Police Power, and the Fourth Amendment
book: The End of Policing
book: Lynching: Violence, Rhetoric, and American Identity
book: The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
book: We Keep Us Safe : Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities
book: Invisible No More : Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color
book: Fight the Power: African Americans and the Long History of Police Brutality in New York City
book: The Rage of Innocence : How America Criminalizes Black Youth
book: Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? : Police Violence and Resistance in the United States
book: he Child in the Electric Chair : the Execution of George Junius Stinney Jr. and the Making of a Tragedy in the American South
book: Beyond Survival : Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement
book: Golden Gulag : Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California
book: Are Prisons Obsolete?
book cover: Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter
book cover:  Policing Black Bodies : How Black Lives Are Surveilled and How to Work for Change
book cover: From Enforcers to Guardians : a Public Health Primer on Ending Police Violence
book cover: Blackhood against the Police Power: Punishment and Disavowal in the
book cover: I Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street
book cover: Black and blue : how African Americans judge the U.S. legal system
book cover: Policing and Race in America : Economic, Political, and Social Dynamics.
book cover: Badges without borders : how global counterinsurgency transformed American policing
book cover: Policing Los Angeles : race, resistance, and the rise of the LAPD
book cover: From the war on poverty to the war on crime : the making of mass incarceration in America
book cover: The condemnation of blackness race, crime, and the making of modern urban America
book cover: Justice in America : the separate realities of blacks and whites
book cover: Crisis and Control : the Militarization of Protest Policing
book cover:  We Do This 'Til We Free Us : Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice
book cover: Punishment and Inequality in America
book cover: Down, out, and under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row
book cover: Driving While Black : Highways, Shopping Malls, Taxicabs, Sidewalks : How to Fight Back If You Are a Victims of Racial Profiling
book cover: Killing African Americans : Police and Vigilante Violence as a Racial Control Mechanism
book cover: Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?
book cover: Five Days : the Fiery Reckoning of an American City
Policing the Second Amendment : Guns, Law Enforcement, and the Politics of Race
The Torture Letters : Reckoning with Police Violence
Evaluating Police Uses of Force
Make Change : How to Fight Injustice, Dismantle Systemic Oppression, and Own Our Future
Bearing Witness While Black : African Americans, Smartphones, and the New Protest #Journalism
book: Law Enforcement in the Age of Black Lives Matter : Policing Black and Brown Bodies
book cover: The Limits of Community Policing : Civilian Power and Police Accountability in Black and Brown Los Angeles
book cover: Hands up, Don't Shoot : Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America
book cover: Cops, Cameras, and Crisis : the Potential and the Perils of Police Body-Worn Cameras
book cover: The Cambridge Handbook of Policing in the United States
book: America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s
book: Stop Trying to Fix Policing : Lessons Learned From the Front Lines of Black Liberation
book: Policing Protest: The Post-Democratic State and the Figure of Black Insurrection
Vagrant Nation : Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s
City of Inmates : Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965
Black Silent Majority : the Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment
Murder in New Orleans : the Creation of Jim Crow Policing

What does "Defund the Police" Mean?

The call to "defund the police" is a widespread response to police brutality and the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmuaud Arbery. It is now the foremost demand of the Black Lives Matter movement. Defunding the police is a call to strip the budgets and completely abolish local police departments, and in turn invest those resources into community services like education, medical access and social services. The idea is that when cities invest in community services, and people's needs are met safely, the need to call the police is drastically minimized. The defund movement moves beyond police reform, to completely rethinking the way that policing operates systemically, and calls for eventual abolition: a world without police or prisons, and one that is based on systems of safety and community accountability.

Abolitionist Organizations & Resources

Perspectives on Defunding the Police

What does it mean to defund the police?

Police Violence as a Public Health Threat

This is a recording of a UW panel event held 13 May 2021 exploring the problem of police violence as a public health problem, put on by the School of Public Health.

What Could Defunding the Police Look Like?

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