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Anti-Immigration Legislation Makes Cities and Citizens Less Safe

Anti-Immigration Legislation Makes Cities and Citizens Less Safe

October 16, 2015 at 9:21 am

THE HILL 10/16/15 By Michael Shank and Lindsay Schubiner This month, North Carolina state lawmakers voted to prohibit so-called sanctuary ordinances in cities and counties throughout the state. While a sanctuary ordinance may sound esoteric enough, the reality is much more harsh. Among the myriad consequences, under the new law […]

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How to Fix Our Police Departments

How to Fix Our Police Departments

March 13, 2015 at 2:43 am

CNN 03/12/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson Editor’s Note: “Hank Johnson represents Georgia’s 4th Congressional District and serves on the House Judiciary and Armed Services committees. Michael Shank, a former congressional staffer, is adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. The views […]

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Community Activists Question Timing Of Grand Jury Announcement

Community Activists Question Timing Of Grand Jury Announcement

November 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm

NPR 11/25/14 By Laura Sullivan For weeks, Ferguson police and local leaders met with community groups and activists to work out a plan for the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. But any results of that […]

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DC’s Attorney General Race: A Serious Impact on District Youth

DC’s Attorney General Race: A Serious Impact on District Youth

November 3, 2014 at 11:55 am

HUFFINGTON POST 11/03/14 By Michael Shank and Erica Marshall On November 4 the voters in the District will turn out to choose our City’s next mayor. On the same ballot, after casting a vote for David Catania, Muriel Bowser or Carol Schwartz, voters will be asked to choose between five […]

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Detroit on the Brink

Detroit on the Brink

October 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm

THE HILL 10/29/14 By Michael Shank and Peter Hammer The post-industrial dystopia emerging on the streets of Detroit may be shocking, but it is not surprising.  The crisis results from the convergent forces of fiscal austerity and structural racism in a region defined by its extreme segregation of race, wealth […]

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Police Militarization Must Be Halted

Police Militarization Must Be Halted

October 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm

POLITIX 10/13/14 By Michael Shank Last month, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and the House of Representatives finally took a stand against the growing militarization of our police forces and our main streets. Shortly after Congressmen Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) introduced the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement […]

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Stop Treating America Like a War Zone

Stop Treating America Like a War Zone

August 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 08/22/14 By Michael Shank and US Rep Hank Johnson America is finally waking up to the militarization of its police forces. This is a good thing and heralds a tipping point in the changing face of policing in the United States. America must realize that […]

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Ferguson Highlights US Police Militarization

Ferguson Highlights US Police Militarization

August 22, 2014 at 7:53 am

RIA NOVOSTI 08/22/14 FERGUSON, August 22 (RIA Novosti) – Harsh policing of protests over the police killing of an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, showcase a trend towards the militarization of US law enforcement, Michael Shank, a religious group director, told RIA Novosti Friday. “The militarization of the police […]

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Drawing the Line Between Soldier and Cop

Drawing the Line Between Soldier and Cop

August 17, 2014 at 5:46 pm

NEW YORK TIMES 08/17/14 By Jake Flanagin “Ferguson, Mo., has become a virtual war zone,” write Elizabeth R. Beavers and Michael Shank in an Op-Ed for The New York Times. “In the wake of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, outsize armored vehicles have lined streets and […]

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Time to Stop Turning Police Forces Into Armies

Time to Stop Turning Police Forces Into Armies

August 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm

NEWSER 08/15/14 By John Johnson Critics such as Sen. Claire McCaskill say the initial police response in Ferguson, Mo., actually made things worse because cops were equipped like soldiers of war. No wonder, write Elizabeth Beavers and Michael Shank in the New York Times. The Pentagon and Homeland Security Department […]

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