People in Minneapolis Are Calling Each Other Instead of the Cops
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What emerged from the chaotic uprising was an initiative called Relationships Evolving Possibilities (REP), an abolitionist, Black liberatory project that organizes communities to resolve conflicts and help each other—and hopes to make police intervention obsolete and unnecessary.
Instead of relying on coercive violence from police and prisons, REP advocates a vision of public safety where communities solve their own problems by showing up for each other, using the skills and resources they truly need.
To put this into practice, REP helps organize people into what they call “pods”—groups of residents typically already loosely in community with each other. Through ongoing trainings, REP teaches pods how to de-escalate situations, provide peer-to-peer mental health support, and practice other forms of transformative justice. If people in a particular housing complex go through conflict resolution training, for example, they could more easily address a noise complaint by communicating with each other face-to-face, rather than calling the police.
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November 25, 2021 at 2:35 PM #457262retired liberalParticipant
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Smacks of socialism. Somebody’s gonna pass a law against this.
*Not can’t, refuses to do, won’t.
We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.
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November 25, 2021 at 2:40 PM #457263beemerphillParticipant
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There are a couple of questions though. What kind of response times will these pods be capable of? Will they be labeled “vigilantes”? Will there be any oversight of this process? Will the local law enforcement provide liability coverage for the responders? What happens if the responders fail and the person who is being “deescalated” decides to get really violent? Will these responders be expected to deal with armed and dangerous people?
This is not to be negative, but to ask some serious questions that will certainly come up if this is tried.
November 25, 2021 at 3:37 PM #457296VoltairineParticipant
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is not uniform “one size fits all” thing. It’s infinitely variable and constantly changing, learning from experience. A very important source of long history of experience are traditional communities of Mexico – which have a strong legal status there – as well as other indigenous communities around the world.
Let’s also let it in that abolition is not only ‘black’ or any other racialized issue. Abolition of wage slavery, abolition of class society, these are for all of us, for all members of caring classes.
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