8. ‘We are the Revolution’: Black P.O.W.E.R’s vision

8. ‘We are the Revolution’: Black P.O.W.E.R’s vision

On what community-based safety and security should look like. With Mariana Angelo, co-founder of Black Portland Organizers Working to End Racism (known as Black P.O.W.E.R) and moderated by Michael Kebede, Policy Council, ACLU-Maine.

The Freedom & Captivity Podcast presents conversations with people at the forefront of abolitionist organizing and visioning in Maine. A new episode is launched weekly during fall 2021. The episodes will cover a broad range of issues, from abolition’s history in Maine to current calls to end youth incarceration; from alternatives to punishment that prioritize harm reduction and a different approach to drug policy to the impact on families of the criminal legal system; from the disproportionate policing experiences by Black and brown people to the use of surveillance to monitor political dissent. The Portland Media Center sponsors the podcast, which is produced by Catherine Besteman, edited by sound engineers Josh Riddle and Dino Raymond, and accompanied by the music of Samuel James.

Stream the episode above or access it below on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAudible, or the Portland Media Center website.

Resources for Further Learning:

 – Alireza Ahmade (2020) “How America’s Wars in Asia Militarized the Police at Home.” The Diplomat. June 18. 

– Bree Newsome Bass (2020) “Putting a Black Face on Police Agendas: Black Cops Don’t Make Policing Any Less Anti-Black.Level. October 22. 

American Police,” NPR Throughline podcast, June 4, 2020.

– Jill Lepore, “The Invention of the Police.” New Yorker, July 20, 2020.