Ep 49 - Defund Politics


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Lots of interlocking stories to discuss this week. We jump right in with a discussion about the most recent headlines sparked by the protests following George Floyd’s death. A lot of legislation has been crafted in response to the protests, including an executive order from President Donald Trump. We examine the organizations he listed during the signing to determine the intent of the order, followed by looking at the text of the order itself. Once created, tools can be used for good and evil. Then we discuss CHOP, the occupation movement in Capitol Hill, Washington. The Seattle City Council crafted resolutions in response to the leverage held by the CHOP protestors joined by protests across the nation. Seattle chose to ban the use of chokeholds, riot control weapons, and officers covering their badge numbers. We weigh in on #DefundPolice and how useful it can be in sparking a conversation, but why does the “defunding” stop at police? Then we finally tackle the Mormon angle by examining the recent rulings in the Supreme Court concerning churches being “non-essential” services and LGBTQ+ people actually being people with Title VII protections. We wrap the episode with some great media for understanding racism in America as well as coming out as gay to your family.


Trump’s Executive Order on Police Reformhttps://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-safe-policing-safe-communities

Orgs mentioned during EO signingFederal law enforcement officers association https://www.fleoa.org/news.aspx?id=19

Fraternal order of police https://www.fop.net/CmsPage.aspx?id=39

Internal ass of chiefs of police https://www.theiacp.org/

Intl union of police association; “The Voice of Law Enforcement Officers” https://iupa.org/

Major county sherrifs of am ass https://mcsheriffs.com/

Natl Ass of police orgs http://www.napo.org/

Natl District attorneys ass https://ndaa.org/

Sergeants benevolent ass https://sbanypd.nyc/

Who wasn’t at the Exec Order signing? https://fundersforjustice.org/organizations/

Atlanta, GA Police Walkouthttps://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/18/atlanta-rayshard-brooks-walkout/

Seattle just expelled the Police Union from the city’s labor group. https://apnews.com/7267abcb991ec5210f85aa03eb7ed433#:~:text=SEATTLE%20(AP)%20%E2%80%94%20The%20largest,address%20racism%20within%20its%20ranks.&text=Local%20elected%20leaders%20are%20reluctant,150%20unions%20and%20100%2C000%20workers

Seattle City Council on Police reform billshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spGMa6-Xu1U

BYU formed a committee to “examine race and inequality at BYU”. https://news.byu.edu/announcements/committee-formed-to-examine-race-and-inequality-at-byu

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