Author: Simon Balto

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Eve Ewing, former Chicago Public Schools teacher and current sociology professor at the University of Chicago, and author of the indispensable Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, has a useful op-ed in today’s Times about the charter school debate. Her basic point is that the decades-running arguments over charter […]
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Racism and the Policing of Sound

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On January 29, 2021
The great Chicago journalist and author Natalie Moore has a story up today about the efforts of anonymous cowards to get their neighbors to call the police on Chicago’s famous and wonderful “Bucket Boys.” It’s a quick read or listen and is well worth it. A whole lot of people–especially ones who are wealthy and […]
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What Abolition Means

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On October 30, 2020
Kaepernick Publishing has been running a series this month titled “Abolition for the People,” inviting some of the nation’s leading scholars, activists, and organizers within the movement to abolish police and prison to share their thoughts on what that means and why it matters. The whole series is worth reading. I want to especially lift […]
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This is an important study on what those who live in America’s most overpoliced neighborhoods think of their situation. I know of no survey that’s this comprehensive and directly conversant with those on the ground (as opposed to conversant with academics or politicians). The upshot is that a) policing doesn’t “work,” b) policing actively causes […]
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