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As someone born (Milwaukee), raised (rural southwest), and residing (Madison) in Wisconsin, this is the absolute angriest that I have ever been about politics. I vacillate between despondency and unbridled rage. I am grateful that my immunocompromised (cancer) father got and returned his absentee ballot weeks ago, but worry deeply for the many Wisconsinites who […]

OCCUPIED TERRITORY

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On April 6, 2020

Although I’ve been bad at promoting it, many of you will know that I published a book last year, entitled Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power. It recently c

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Good on Bernie

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On March 26, 2020
While I know that disliking Bernie Sanders is somewhat of a consensus hobby horse around these parts, and while I know people are perfectly in their rights to debate whether he should or should not drop out of the presidential race, a reminder that he’s nevertheless one of the most (the most?) principled politicians that […]

Hero Vultures

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On January 12, 2020

Heroic vultures pissing, shitting, and puking on a Border Patrol tower so much that it disrupts its functionality is an early front-runner for my absolute favorite news item of the year: A US Customs

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Erik did his music roundup yesterday, beating me to the punch and probably stealing all the good discussion. So it goes. Here are 40ish albums I really liked this year. Unlike my favorite fiction list, it’s required that these be released this year. There’s a bit of overlap with Erik, but not much. It was […]
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A Win in San Francisco

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On November 11, 2019
Chesa Boudin has won the race for San Francisco’s District Attorney. The son of incarcerated Weather Underground activists, Boudin’s entire life has been shaped by the criminal punishment system. When Chesa Boudin learned he had won a tight race to become San Francisco’s new district attorney, he was flying home from a visit with his […]

Say Her Name

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On October 28, 2019

This is an important piece from the imminent Kimberlé Crenshaw, on the need for intersectional analyses of the plague of police violence. If we want to get a broader sense of the problem here, we hav

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