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School Districts Across The Country Move To Cut Contracts With Local Police

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A number of school districts in the United States are moving to cut contracts with local police as riots break out across the country against police brutality and as the Black Lives Matter movement pressures politicians to defund the police altogether.

Earlier this week, the Minneapolis Public School Board voted to end its contract with MPD over the death of George Floyd. “I value people and education and life,” school board chairwoman Kim Ellison said in an interview. “Now I’m convinced, based on the actions of the Minneapolis Police Department, that we don’t have the same values.”

Two members of the Denver school board are urging the district to cut contracts with DPD and are set to bring a resolution forward Monday to have officers completely removed from the schools in the district by 2021.

“Our numbers show us that black children are still three to five times more likely to refereed to law enforcement or suspension, respectively, and again some of our own practices have introduced students to a normalization an internalization of their place, which is not something we want to contribute to anymore,” Denver Board of Education Vice President Jennifer Bacon told reporters.

“School resource officers are not needed to ensure the safety of all of our kids,” board Secretary Tay Anderson said of the move.

The superintendent of Portland Public Schools,  Guadalupe Guerrero, said Thursday that he’s ‘discontinuing’ school officers’ presence in the city’s schools. Some in Chicago have also petitioned their leaders to do the same.

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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