Episode 43: The Struggle for Black Lives After the Minneapolis Verdict


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Brendan and Andrew welcome Gabriel Donnelly, author of “Minneapolis After the Third Precinct,” and Anne Jaclard and Aaron Williams, main authors of Marxist-Humanist Initiative’s (MHI’s) editorial, “On the Conviction of George Floyd’s Murderer.” They discuss the implications of the verdict in Minneapolis––was it justice, a victory for Black Lives Matter, a breakthrough in the struggle for police accountability?––as well as Justice Department investigations of police departments, police-reform legislation, and how the struggle for Black lives can move forward now. Donnelly discusses why the Minneapolis police department wasn’t dismantled, even though a veto-proof majority of the city council voted to dismantle it. And Williams, author of “Death by Cop (Again) in Columbus, Ohio,” provides detailed commentary on the recent upsurge in police violence in Columbus and its vicinity. * ~ * ~ * ~ * Radio Free Humanity is a podcast covering news, politics and philosophy from a Marxist-Humanist perspective. It is co-hosted by Brendan Cooney and Andrew Kliman. We intend to release new episodes every two weeks. Radio Free Humanity is sponsored by Marxist-Humanist Initiative (MHI), but the views expressed by the co-hosts and guests of Radio Free Humanity are their own. They do not necessarily reflect the views and positions of MHI. We welcome and encourage listeners’ comments, posted on this episode’s page of the MHI website. Please visit MHI’s website for information on philosophy & organization, Marxist-Humanist archives, and its online publication, “With Sober Senses”: https://www.marxisthumanistinitiative.org/ Click here for more episodes: https://wp.me/P8XFV5-3UU

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