submitted 8 months ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]


Would you wear a uniform that evokes fear & distrust in your neighbors?

Would you risk your mental well-being, affecting you & your loved ones?

Would you be comfortable with helping send someone to prison for years because of a petty parole violation or non-violent offence?

Would you participate in actions that split apart families?

Are there other ways you can build safety, beyond policing, in your community?

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[-] [email protected] 20 points 8 months ago
[-] [email protected] 4 points 8 months ago

“More teachers” should definitely be on the list.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 8 months ago

Looks like this site promotes police jobs to those who answer "yes" to these questions.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 8 months ago

So does the police hiring process.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 8 months ago* (last edited 8 months ago)

Okay, you have a filter which takes normal people and assholes and remove most of the normal people. Why would you want to reduce percentage of normal people and add more assholes to the input mix? That will make things even worse.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 8 months ago

Because the goal is not to have normal people as cops, it's to have people willing to enact state violence for arbitrary reasons.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 8 months ago

Except that all 3 of the alternatives have absurd qualification requirements and will pay far less and have far fewer material benefits than becoming a cop.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 8 months ago

Propaganda with footnotes? More like this please!

Thank you anonymous stranger, and proper respect to Iceland for keeping their Whois information private.

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Abolition of police and prisons

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Abolish is to flourish! Against the prison industrial complex and for transformative justice.

See Critical Resistance's definitions below:

The Prison Industrial Complex

The prison industrial complex (PIC) is a term we use to describe the overlapping interests of government and industry that use surveillance, policing, and imprisonment as solutions to economic, social and political problems.

Through its reach and impact, the PIC helps and maintains the authority of people who get their power through racial, economic and other privileges. There are many ways this power is collected and maintained through the PIC, including creating mass media images that keep alive stereotypes of people of color, poor people, queer people, immigrants, youth, and other oppressed communities as criminal, delinquent, or deviant. This power is also maintained by earning huge profits for private companies that deal with prisons and police forces; helping earn political gains for "tough on crime" politicians; increasing the influence of prison guard and police unions; and eliminating social and political dissent by oppressed communities that make demands for self-determination and reorganization of power in the US.


PIC abolition is a political vision with the goal of eliminating imprisonment, policing, and surveillance and creating lasting alternatives to punishment and imprisonment.

From where we are now, sometimes we can't really imagine what abolition is going to look like. Abolition isn't just about getting rid of buildings full of cages. It's also about undoing the society we live in because the PIC both feeds on and maintains oppression and inequalities through punishment, violence, and controls millions of people. Because the PIC is not an isolated system, abolition is a broad strategy. An abolitionist vision means that we must build models today that can represent how we want to live in the future. It means developing practical strategies for taking small steps that move us toward making our dreams real and that lead us all to believe that things really could be different. It means living this vision in our daily lives.

Abolition is both a practical organizing tool and a long-term goal.

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