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The Problem with Criminalizing Childhood Trauma

The Problem with Criminalizing Childhood Trauma

by Tessa Hale, Emancipate NC Board Member Years ago, I worked as a mitigation specialist on death penalty cases.  In that role, I constructed humanizing social histories for defendants in cases that would be presented at the sentencing phases of their...

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The Night Police Officers Almost Killed Me

The Night Police Officers Almost Killed Me

by Dawn Blagrove, Executive Director I was 16 years old, living in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. I was in the car with my mother, on a dark road, picking my father up from his second shift job. Two police officers pulled us over for a trumped up traffic violation. We were...

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Protecting the Right to Protest

Protecting the Right to Protest

Today, Emancipate NC joined with our partners at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the ACLU of North Carolina to protect the rights of protesters in North Carolina. First, on behalf of community groups including, Raleigh Police Accountability...

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Why I Believe Change is Actually Gonna Come This Time

Why I Believe Change is Actually Gonna Come This Time

by Dawn Blagrove, Executive Director As Sam Cooke sang — a change is gonna come.   Never have these words been more true in my lifetime. Never have I been more sure that a radical reimagining and rebuilding of the American criminal justice system is...

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A Vision for Schools Without Cops

A Vision for Schools Without Cops

by Aneesha Tucker, EmancipateNC Intern Dignity in Schools is launching a vision called “Counselors Not Cops: Ending the Regular Presence of Law Enforcement” that imagines an alternative to the regular occupation of law enforcement in schools. The data on arrests and...

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Police Accountability is a Human Right

Police Accountability is a Human Right

George Floyd was murdered by a man who had so little value for the life he was snuffing out that he casually put his hand in his pocket as he waited for Mr. Floyd to die. Renegade cops do not start dehumanizing people by murdering people.  No. A murderer starts...

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