Occupation in Chicago: Community Conflict Resolution Without Police

For seventeen days so far, people in Chicago angry at police murders of blacks have occupied what has been called “Freedom Square”. The descriptions of life in the occupied space sound very much like Occupy SF and Occupy Oakland. What is most inspiring, and I wish there was more detail on this, is how they resolved conflicts without calling the police. This is a small indicator of the fact that with the right training communities can protect themselves without calling the police.

Read at Truthout

Photo: Kristiana Rae Colón

About Barbara MacLean

Barbara MacLean has worked as an academic and career counselor at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), Merritt and West Valley Colleges and as a career counselor and manager of the Oakland One Stop Career Center, a public career and jobs center in partnership with EDD. She is a co-founder and editor of Planning Beyond Capitalism.

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