SOURCE: The New Yorker
Can We Stop Cars from Killing People?
American cyclists and pedestrians are the victims of a century-long political campaign to reorganize public space around the needs of drivers, according to historian Peter Norton. Activists including the families of traffic victims are fighting to change that.
SOURCE: KOIN 6
Elliott Young: Know the History Behind Today's Crime Panic
The historian gave a minute-long background briefing on what's really driving fears of crime and what should be done.
Children Versus Cars: The First Road Safety Campaigns (Excerpt)
by Tom Sandage
As outrage over road deaths gave way to laws clarifying expected behavior by street users, pedestrians surrendered much of their free access to the street to drivers.
SOURCE: Washington Post
We Were Warned about a Divided America 50 Years Ago. We Ignored the Signs
by Elizabeth Hinton
The 1968 Kerner Commission Report on civil disorders recommended a program of public employment, housing and school desegregation, and a basic minimum income to tackle economic inequality and racial segregation as conjoined problems, as well as police reforms. Lyndon Johnson shelved the report, and we pay the price today.
SOURCE: New York Times
In Fights Over Face Masks, Echoes of the American Seatbelt Wars
The fight over seatbelt laws in the United States was fraught with trying to strike a balance between individual and public interests. Those concerns have also been reflected in similar matters of health and safety, including vaccinations, helmet laws — and masks.
SOURCE: Made By History at The Washington Post
Qanon Misdirects Our Attention Away From The Real Threats To Children
by Paul M. Renfro
"Moral panics like QAnon work to distract from less outrageous, far more insidious sources of harm. Even worse, they contribute to punitive policies that separate and hurt families, perpetuate mass incarceration and keep people in a state of fear."
Two Contagions, One Opportunity to Reboot our Approach
by Steve Pyne
Outbursts of megafires resemble emerging diseases because they are typically the outcome of broken biotas – a ruinous interaction between people and nature that unhinges the old checks and balances.
SOURCE: New York Times
Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police
by Mariame Kaba
A police abolition activist argues that the long history of commissions set up to investigate police violence against civilans shows that the institution can't be reformed or regulated.
SOURCE: New York Review of Books
How Defund and Disband Became the Demands
by Amna A. Akbar
An Ohio State University law professor summarizes the history of activists and academics who shaped the movement for police abolition that has received attention in the wake of George Floyd's killing and ensuing protests.
SOURCE: Perspectives on History
Defund the Police
by Austin McCoy
The emergence of a protest slogan is usually followed by struggles over its meaning; calls for defunding the police echo the contested slogan of "Black Power" in the 1960s.
SOURCE: The New Republic
A Brief Criminal History of the Mask
by Melissa Gira Grant
The New York City mask order, particularly without any subsequent plan to make masks accessible to the public, hands police another tool to regulate public space—and that is not the same thing as ensuring public safety.
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