Study Guide—Automating Banishment: The Surveillance and Policing of Looted Land

Automating Banishment: The Surveillance and Policing of Looted Land

Part 1 – NOT A MOMENT IN TIME

We begin with history. What lineage stands behind today’s policing?

Study Guide

Key Terms:

Settler Colonialism (Land theft//occupation//harm)

Neocolonialism

European conquest

White Supremacy

White Capital

Logic of Elimination

Redlining/Racially restrictive covenants

Deliberate deindustrialization

Neoliberal economic policies

Exploited labor pool

Surplus population

Weed and Seed policies

Displacement

Banishment

Gentrification

Gang sweeps

Surveillance

Police abolition

Decolonization

Los Angeles and Gabrielino-Tongva Land

Prompting Questions:

  1. How is property law tied to conquest?
  2. What role does private property play in systemic policing? 
  3. What are your experiences with police when dealing with housing? 
  4. What are some examples of displacement? 
  5. Do you have any examples of ongoing displacement in your communities? Anything that you suspect may be contributing to displacement?
  6. What do you understand occupation to be, what modern examples of occupation can you think of in the world?

Resources:

Indigenous Resistance

Annie Lloyd, “A Brief History Of L.A.’s Indigenous Tongva People,” LAist (Oct. 9, 2017).

Jenny Hamel, “LA’s Tongva Descendants: ‘We Originated Here,’” KCRW (July 17, 2018).

Mapping Indigenous LA, “Mapping Indigenous LA: Placemaking Through Digital Storytelling,” UCLA American Indian Studies Center (2016).

Charles Sepulveda, “To Decolonize Indigenous Lands, We Must Also Abolish Police and Prisons,” Truthout (October 13, 2020).

Kelly Lytle Hernández, City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965. (2017).

From White Privilege to White Supremacy: An Illustrated Interview with Laura Pulido:

Nick Estes, “Born on the Fourth of July: Counterinsurgency, Indigenous Resistance, and Black Revolt,” The Red Nation, Jul. 4, 2017.

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