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Hello, kolektiva! I recently moved here from todon.eu & changed my pronouns, so thought I might re-introduce myself

I'm Carlina (she/they), a bisexual abolitionist and ecosocialist living outside of Chicago. I work in immigration legal defense and also coordinate a Spanish-language penpal program with detained migrants and non-detained folks. I love learning about the Black radical tradition & am currently studying Portuguese

"As campaigns to defund and divest from death and to fight for liberation continue, the struggle for an abolitionist world lives on through every chant at an action; every ancestor that shows us the way; every community relationship we build; and all the steps we take to become a global community connected in love, liberation and abundance." -Destiny Harris (@606hoodlum on Twitter) truthout.org/articles/policing

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"Police and the military operate under the same practices of militarism. Police move into external communities and occupy. Military forces move into external communities and occupy.... Safety for Black, Brown and Indigenous people doesn’t look like more police. It looks like access and abundance, because when you think about the safest place in the world and the places where you feel most safe, it is very likely that they are places with the most resources and the least police." -Destiny Harris

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"For nonwhite people — for people who live in hoods flooded by police and abandoned in every other way, and for those of us who watched our sisters and brothers be tortured and targeted by police on a daily basis — conversations about “defund,” “divest” and “abolish” are not new. They are demands, necessities, discussions we’ve been having in our communities for years, and even decades. And for Black Chicagoans, this is about our lives." -Destiny Harris

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And in 2013, nearly 50 public schools— all of which were located on the predominantly Black South and West Sides of the city of Chicago — were closed down in one of the largest public school closures of United States history. The city claimed the closures were due to lack of funding, but four years later, the city proposed spending $95 million to build a police training academy in my neighborhood — where they previously closed schools that they supposedly could not afford to keep open.

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In this same city, the yearly budget for mental health services is around $9.4 million — equal to less than two days of the police budget.

This is why the budget for substance abuse treatment is only 2.6 million — a half-day worth of police budget on any given day. And only $1.5 million is spent yearly in violence prevention — a proactive way to combat violence without the reactionary nature of police.

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Chicago spends $4.8 million a day and about $2 billion a year on policing. Its taxpayers spend about $38 million yearly to arm, aid in and fund apartheid, genocide and state-sanctioned violence against Palestinians truthout.org/articles/policing

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travesti ancestor of the day:

Cintura Fina (aka Dona Zezé, Esther Williams) was a Black travesti born in 1933. She was renowned by her skill with the sex worker's weapon of choice – the razor blade – and by her method of handling it with an elastic band, which she taught the community. Her whole body was marked with scars from frequent fights with the police.Was an umbandista mother-of-saint.

As a legal services provider for low-income immigrants, I can tell you that my clients are very sophisticated! They're great self-advocates who have learned to navigate opaque and oppressive systems, often in a language they don't speak. They have nuanced political analyses and strong opinions and know how to tell when they're getting conned

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Olá, kolektiva! Recém troquei de instância (de todon.eu) e mudei os meus pronomes, então vou me apresentar de novo

Sou Carlina (ela/elx), uma abolicionista e ecosocialista morando fora de Chicago. Trabalho na defensa legal de imigração e também coordeno um programa de amigxs por correspondência entre lxs imigrantes detidxs e pessoas de fora. Gosto de aprender sobre a tradição radical negra e atualmente estudo o português

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¡Hola, kolektiva! Recién cambié de instancia (de todon.eu) y cambié mis pronombres, así que me voy a presentar de nuevo

Soy Carlina (ella/elle), una abolicionista y ecosocialista viviendo afuera de Chicago. Trabajo en la defensa legal de inmigración y también coordino un programa de correspondencia entre lxs migrantes detenidxs y personas afuera. Me gusta aprender sobre la tradición radical negra y actualmente estudio el portugués

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In a job interview today, the director of immigration legal services at an NC nonprofit said that their immigrant clients "are not very sophisticated." I called her out on it and she rephrased, talking about low literacy rates and low educational attainment, but it definitely put me off to the organization...

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“All of the western nations have been caught in a lie, the lie of their pretended humanism; this means that their history has no moral justification, and that the west has no moral authority.”

—james baldwin, no name in the street

"Incarceration serves as a tool of domestic and transnational colonialism" -Azeezah Kanji

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"All colonial systems maintain themselves by separating what is intimately connected so we cannot draw connections. We cannot deconstruct colonial violence using the same colonial concepts use to construct it in the first place" -Azeezah Kanji

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"Military & police have always been intertwined logically, legally, and historically in order to create colonial populations subject to all of the violence of war but denied the right to respond with violence in defense & accorded none of the privilege of combatants" -Azeezah Kanji

"Peace cannot be shared between the colonizer and the colonized because they do not share a conception of peace" -Ahmed Bin Qasim

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