"This past Sunday, a veto-proof majority of the council announced plans to disband its police department and invest in community-based public safety programs.
According to Friday's resolution, the city council will begin a year-long process of engaging "with every willing community member in Minneapolis" to develop a new public safety model.
"We acknowledge that the current system is not reformable — that we would like to end the current policing system as we know it," council member Alondra Cano said.
The council declared it would create a "transformative new model" of public safety in the city.
A "Future of Community Safety Work Group," will be formed and will include staff from city departments, including the offices of violence prevention and civil rights.
The council also voted unanimously on Friday to end the local emergency order that had been declared due to protests in the wake of Floyd's death. " Forbes
And then out in Seattle we have the "summer of love" mayor on TeeVee accepting something that looks like a miniature version of the Paris Commune while being framed on one side by "Old Glory" and on the other by Washington State's green flag with the face of George Washington (a prominent slaveholder and planter) featured thereon. Will it not be necessary to change the name of the state?
To repeat my earlier assertion it seems inevitable that there will be more, many more, "Communes" springing up across the US. The locale will be all important of course. I would recommend against trying this gambit anywhere in Texas. OTOH, just about anywhere in California will be fertile ground and Boston might be welcoming to an "Autonomous" enclave somewhere downtown. Any Democrat run area is a possibility really.
Trump is at West Point bloviating today. He has the right instincts concerning the need to maintain public order but he has never learned how to drive the machine of the Executive Branch and his personnel decisions have often been appalling.
It would be interesting to learn what a President Joe Biden and then the wise woman of color who succeeds him would do with the ongoing development of this situation. pl