Policy Analysis

  • We Need Community-Based Policing, and the State Must Still Regulate

    July 20, 2020
    No matter what comes of this window wherein Congress focuses on police reforms, communities will need federal standards to guarantee that these new policing regimes are not derelict in their duties. MPAC supports the creation of a federal standard for all law enforcement agencies that promotes and codifies community engagement and includes passage of a nationwide ban on police violence and accountability for perpetrators, mandated community engagement, a national use of force policy, and the requirement of regular training on de-escalation tactics and implicit bias.

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  • Police Reform is a Small Step, But We Need a Big Leap

    June 17, 2020
    In the time since the Minneapolis protests, the popular support has coalesced behind calls for substantial changes to policing and community safety. For these groups, police abolition means securing communities through community-led efforts, reinvestments in public health and education, and more just housing programs. There are also the proposals from city governments and councils dealing with public pressure, which will likely only result in a reconstruction of existing police forces. On Monday, Democrats in the House and Senate introduced their vision of what such reforms would look like: the Justice in Policing Act, a measure which is a compromise with the abolitionist proposals coming from social justice groups. The GOP has yet to submit a police reform proposal, though they have tasked the lone black Republican in the Senate, Sen. Tim Scott, with leading their efforts to do so. Election Day is fast approaching, and along with the coming of November 3rd will come a judgment on which public representatives were able to listen and heed the calls from the American majority.

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  • Investing in Communities: A Human Security Budget

    June 5, 2020
    The international protests over George Floyd’s murder have cast into stark relief the need to change America’s policing system and rethink its role in communities. We propose a human security approach as a complement and necessary prerequisite to any system of justice. Law enforcement must also be trained to uphold the values of human security: care for the social fabric they are supposed to protect, interdependence between the city and communal stakeholders, and freedom from fear of injustice.

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  • Department of Justice Seeks Dangerous Expansion of Authority

    March 27, 2020
    The outbreak of COVID-19 is shining a light on the limitations of the US economy and healthcare system, which need massive improvement to handle a crisis of this magnitude. It has also spurred behind the scenes efforts by the White House and law enforcement agencies to expand their judicial and surveillance authority. These attempts set a dangerous precedent, as they seek to monitor our locations and access private information while effectively foregoing the passing of necessary progressive legislation.

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  • Coronavirus Legislation Tracker

    March 26, 2020
    MPAC’s summary, analysis and tracking on all relevant Coronavirus legislation. We hope this will highlight the important work being done in the public interest, as well as keep you abreast of the impending changes to vital government programs.

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  • Pompeo Greenlights Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians

    November 26, 2019
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States would not consider that “establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank … [is] inconsistent with international law.” In fact, the exact opposite is true; the US is violating both international and humanitarian law by supporting Israel’s settlements in the West Bank.

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  • Congress’ problematic ideas on global terrorism

    November 1, 2019
    This Wednesday, the House Homeland Security Committee held the second of a series of hearings on global terrorism entitled “Global Terrorism: Threats to the Homeland, Part II.” This hearing comes on the heels of several important developments over the past few months.

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  • DHS Commits to Addressing White Supremacist Violence

    October 10, 2019
    The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) unveiling of a Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence at an event co-hosted by the Heritage Foundation and the Brookings Institution marks a significant step forward in combatting the threat of white supremacist violence. It's important, however, that white supremacy is treated as a transnational threat as its impact has been felt around the world. Read our analysis in this week's DC News and Views.

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  • Reflecting on 9/11 and its Legacies

    September 11, 2019
    On the 18th anniversary of September 11, 2001, we honor the nearly 3,000 individuals who lost their lives in the attacks, as well as those first responders. In our 18 years of work since, we have worked alongside other policy and public advocacy organizations to combat the media representation of terrorist violence, and have also worked to counter government surveillance policies. Today, we’re looking back on what has worked and what needs to improve moving forward.

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  • Religious Freedom Is Being Weaponized

    August 30, 2019
    Organizations with hardline religious ideologies are stacking the courts and state legislatures under the guise of religious freedom. It’s time for all underrepresented communities to recognize the strategies these groups are employing to drive policies and legal rulings hostile to American Muslim and other marginalized communities.

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