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Copaganda: Police Trials as a State and Media Kettling Tool

Copaganda: Police Trials as a State and Media Kettling Tool

This toolkit was created in collaboration with MediaJustice and their ongoing work to combat disinformation as a resource for people and organizations engaging in work to dismantle, defund, and abolish systems of policing and carceral punishment, while also navigating trials of police officers who murder people in our communities. Trials are not tools of abolition; […]

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The Fantasy of Community Control of the Police

The Fantasy of Community Control of the Police

(photo by Nancy Musinguzi) “Instead of struggling to take over and redirect the master’s tool, we call for investing the resources now poured into policing directly into community initiatives whose core missions are about helping, healing, and sustaining people, not controlling them. Instead of a one-size-fits-all blueprint, abolition allows communities to imagine and build a […]

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“The Bad Cops: How Minneapolis protects its worst police officers until it’s too late” (MN Reformer)

“The Bad Cops: How Minneapolis protects its worst police officers until it’s too late” (MN Reformer)

“THE MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT is notoriously ineffective at removing bad cops from its ranks. Numerous lawsuits, independent investigations and the disciplinary files obtained by the Reformer show a pattern of mismanagement when it comes to holding officers accountable.” An incredible, in-depth investigation by Max Nesterak and Tony Webster over at the MN Reformer. Read the […]

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New to Abolition? Want to Learn More? A Few Resources:

New to Abolition? Want to Learn More? A Few Resources:

This post is just to collect a few links for people looking to learn more about abolition. 1. A good entry point: Check out the #AbolitionReadings list of 25 articles. 2. A deeper dive: Our Resources page is full of articles, videos, toolkits, book recommendations, and much more. 3. MPD150 originally formed to produce the […]

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New: “Enough Is Enough” Companion Curriculum via Ed Lib MN

New: “Enough Is Enough” Companion Curriculum via Ed Lib MN

  Via Ed Lib MN: In the summer after the murder of George Floyd and the beginning of the Minneapolis Uprising, a group of Twin Cities students and educators came together to create an accompanying curriculum to the MPD150 Report, a community-written history of the Minneapolis Police Department. We wrote this because it’s important to […]

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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 (posted June 2020) 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 […]

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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) EDIT (August 24, 2020): This piece was written and posted in the immediate aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, and some of the specific information reflects that. We’re leaving it up, though, since even as some details shift or become outdated, […]

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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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