Community Controlled Escort Program In Brooklyn

“Resisting, opposing, and even ousting an occupying force are acts celebrated throughout history, including in the United States, in historic and contemporary contexts. However, an agency controlled by, and therefore serving the interests of, a community always enjoys the full cooperation and support of that community because it is implementing the collective will. This Movement Moment has witnessed exciting actions and energetic denunciations of police terror against Black communities. Evolving from the urban rebellions in Ferguson and Baltimore, the social justice movement has articulated a framework of the practices it opposes and provided a glimpse into what people are willing to do to express that opposition. As this Moment approaches its second evolution, the time has come for directly impacted communities— specifically low-income Black communities led by women and queer folk—to give form to the alternative future in principle, objectives, and demands. This historic moment can settle for nothing less than a vision of a new center of power: Black Community Control over Police.”[1]

The Movement for Black Lives has galvanized a generation of Black people in the United States and across the diaspora around combating anti-Blackness and state-sanctioned violence. Their work has called into question the legitimacy and necessity of the police industrial complex. They, along with their predecessors, continue to illuminate the fact that the police are an institution which inflicts more violence than it solves. Josh’s blueprint seeks to operationalize the need to build new institutions that make the old ones obsolete. Josh is working in his hometown of Brooklyn to create a community controlled safety system – an independent escort program for by and for the resident of Bedford-Stuyvesant.

[1] Rameau, Max. Black Community Control Over Police. Wisconsin Law Review. Retrieved from http://wisconsinlawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/4-Adams-Rameau-Final.pdf

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