Community Control over Police
an organizer's guide
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III. HUMAN RIGHTS FRAMEWORK
V. CPCB: A PROPOSITION
Freedom, Inc. engages low- to no-income Southeast Asian and Black communities in Dane County, WI, working to end violence against people of color, women, those that non-traditionally gender identify and our youth. We create healthy communities by campaigning against the root causes of violence, creatingnew definitions of identity and resiliency and empowering all community members as agents of change.
Freedom, Inc. works across communities, genders and identities, but our focus is on queer youth in Southeast Asian and Black communities.
Our campaigns have included Community Control over Land, with an emphasis on land for gardening in Southeast Asian communities and land for housing in Black communities; Free the 350, aimed at eliminating the racial disparities of arrests and incarceration in Madison, as well as divestment from police and investment in low-income Black and Southeast Asian communities; Opening access to land for use as the commons; and "Serve the People" programs, delivering critical services to people in need.
Positive Action Center
The Positive Action Center develops and disseminates political theory, organizing paradigms and campaign models as a means of building a vigorous Black Liberation Movement in the US.
The Positive Action Center advances theories, paradigms and models rooted in in Pan-Africanism, socialism and ecological sustainability utilizing the human rights framework. Through the lense of intersectionality and interconnectivity, the Positive Action Center develops political theory designed to address the unique oppression of low-income queer Black women in a holistic and ecologically sustainable manner. Orientations towards organizing and Positive Action campaign models are designed deliberately to build a movement centered on and led by low-income queer Black women.
The initial strategic areas of intervention are around the Community Control over Land and Community Control over Police. Theory and models are primarily delivered through the Positive Action Center's online University of Liberation.
M Adams is a Black Working-Poor-Gay- Gender Non-Conforming-Wimmin born and raised in Milwaukee, WI and now living in Madison, WI.
M serves as the co-director of Freedom, Inc., is associated with a number of national collectives and projects and is emerging as a recognized thought leader in Black queer theory.
M's commitment springs from three factors: First, her lived experience growing up in a low-income household in Milwuakee, raised by a single mom with her father incarcerated most of her life and her grandmother instilling in her a strong moral compass. Second, attending UW at Madison, where she majored in bacteriology, and being in proximity to an affluent community, a contrast that sharpened her system analysis and enhanced her consciousness. Exposure to radical authors and thinkers helped M resolve that her life's work would be to improve the world. And third, a fateful internship at Freedom, Inc., where she was exposed to organizing.
In addition to organizing, M is currently writing a book with Max Rameau.
Max Rameau is a Haitian born Pan-African theorist, campaign strategist, organizer and author who has organized around a broad range of human rights issues impacting low-income Black communities, including immigrant (particularly Haitian immigrants), LGBTQ and voting rights, particularly for ex-felons, as well as economic justice, state violence and self-determination.
Through the late 1990s and early 2000s, Max was a leading figure in the fight against police brutality in South Florida. In 2002, he was part of a small contingent that brought the first independent observers to a US election and led efforts in the Black community to defend protections for gays and lesbians in the Miami-Dade human rights ordinance. In 2006 Max co-founded Take Back the Land addressing issues of homelessness, land and self-determination. Take Back the Land grew into a national network that liberated vacant government owned and forceclosed homes.
Max lives in Washington, DC with his partner, Bernadette and their child, Akinle.
In addition to developing movement curriculum for organizers, Max is currently writing a book with M. Adams.