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Community Policing and other Fairy Tales

Community Policing and other Fairy Tales

A collection of comics & stories for a police-free world, curated by MPD150.

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What are we talking about when we talk about “a police-free future?”

What are we talking about when we talk about “a police-free future?”

This document does not speak for the whole movement, or even all organizers here in Minneapolis. Please be wary of sharing content that claims to. These are simply some thoughts, talking points, and stories that have been useful to us as we’ve had discussions with people in our community about abolition. Over the past two […]

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How You Can Help (MPLS, June 2020)

How You Can Help (MPLS, June 2020)

(Image by Jared Ingebretson and Nikki Ann; check out their full caption here) There are already plenty of thinkpieces and google docs floating around sharing action steps, places to donate, and ways to support the community both in Minneapolis and every city having an uprising right now after the murder of George Floyd. This is […]

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Minneapolis school board + union call on district to sever ties with police department

Minneapolis school board + union call on district to sever ties with police department

In the wake of the police murder of George Floyd, the Minneapolis school board and union moved to sever ties with the police, recognizing that SROs (special resource officers) in schools are harmful to students and the community. A similar ask was made by the president of the University of Minnesota. We celebrate these as […]

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Star Tribune Editorial : We must look beyond police for community safety

Star Tribune Editorial : We must look beyond police for community safety

Members of MPD150 wrote a counterpoint to the Star Tribune article “Defunding cops is not the answer”.  Our piece was published in the Star Tribune on March 22nd.  You can find it on their website or below. As community leaders calling for less funding for police and more funding for alternative community safety measures, we […]

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10 Action Ideas for Building a Police-Free Future

10 Action Ideas for Building a Police-Free Future

Imagine that you were asked to help create stability in a newly-founded city. How would you try to solve the problems that your friends and neighbors encountered? How would you respond to crisis and violence? Would your *first* choice be an unaccountable army with a history of oppression and violence patrolling your neighborhood around the […]

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Minneapolis council moves to shift $1.1 million from police department

Minneapolis council moves to shift $1.1 million from police department

Activists with a group called Reclaim the Block have pushed council members to shift more money from the police department to community programs that emphasize prevention and intervention. https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/11/30/mpls-budget-amendment-removes-million-dollars-police   “Every dollar that wasn’t spent on police because of that amendment is going to be spent on programs she hopes will make police less necessary.” http://www.citypages.com/news/minneapolis-police-department-budget-cut-by-1m-to-fund-public-safety-programs-instead/501824851  

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New “Enough is Enough” Audio Report

New “Enough is Enough” Audio Report

MPD150 presents the audio version of their 2017 report, a 150-year performance review of the Minneapolis Police Department.

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New York Times: ‘Testilying’ by Police: A Stubborn Problem

New York Times: ‘Testilying’ by Police: A Stubborn Problem

Police lying persists, even amid an explosion of video
evidence that has allowed the public to test officers’ credibility.

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Twin Cities Daily Planet: Could a police-free city be a viable option in Minneapolis?

Twin Cities Daily Planet: Could a police-free city be a viable option in Minneapolis?

A police-free Minneapolis is viable and necessary. A few of our core team members spoke with Kim Schneider from the Twin Cities Daily Planet about our vision for getting there.

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