“To a riot cop, three is a crowd. How much money are we paying right now / So you’ll beat us down?”

AWKWORD and Jesse Jett – TEN DEMANDS Sept 8, 2020, Ten Demands

The Abolition Anthem. For Ten Demands for Justice. For the abolition of police and prisons. For justice and equality. For everyone we’ve lost.

Vocals: AWKWORD, Jesse Jett (hook)
Production: Jesse Jett
Executive Production: AWKWORD
Mix/Master: Trilian
Video: Vozable
Release Date: September 6, 2020

[Intro: AWKWORD]

Being an abolitionist requires unlearning every single thing we’ve been told about jails, prisons, and police since birth

To consider people as full human beings, instead of “monsters” and “psychos”

To prioritize community over our selfish need for revenge

This is AWKWORD

TEN DEMANDS

And they’re about to find out

[Verse 1: AWKWORD]

Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground /
Badgeless federales sweep you up without a sound /
Now they’re crying for the constitution, but the movement /
Moving since the dissolution of the institution /
Of slavery, to the Slave Codes, made to be, new slaves /
With new chains, in chain gangs, to Jim Crow /
They imputed crime to color, collapse communities for profit /
Stop and frisk on body cams, reform’s not for stopping it /
But rather rendering a system even more permanent /
So the rich rely on cops, and the cops do the murdering /
The media reports, to ensure the social scare /
So everyone fears a world, if cops weren’t there /
Statistics show, cops are trained for collecting collars /
And punitive systems, produce recidivists and dollars /
If you’re poor, Black and brown, you’re born to the siren sound /
Tell me, how much money are we paying so you’ll beat us down?

[Hook: Jesse Jett]

One time, I’ll say it out loud, honey: /
To a riot cop, three is a crowd /
How much money are we paying right now /
So you’ll beat us down?

One time, I’ll say it out loud, honey: /
To a riot cop, three is a crowd /
How much money are we paying right now /
So you’ll beat us down?

[Verse 2: AWKWORD]

How much are we paying for the cops and cages /
Patrolling and chasing, turn the block to Hades /
Controlling the nation, no pops for babies /
We been selling and throwing, rocks for ages /
There’s no education, so we clock for wages /
There’s no medication, so there’s stock in the basement /
No justifaction, pop with no hesitation /
No reparations, so we fight the enslavement

[Hook: Jesse Jett]

One time, I’ll say it out loud, honey: /
To a riot cop, three is a crowd /
How much money are we paying right now /
So you’ll beat us down?

One time, I’ll say it out loud, honey: /
To a riot cop, three is a crowd /
How much money are we paying right now /
So you’ll beat us down?

[Verse 3: AWKWORD]

The revolution’s now, we still can’t breathe /
You think it’s revolutionary, defunding police? /
That’s phase one, we will abolish the beast /
Demilitarize, and allocate funds to our needs /
Cops don’t stop crime, so we’re placing peace keepers /
Training counselors, mediators and teachers /
Freeing protesters, political leaders /
And blasting revolutionary rap from the speakers /
We getting reparations, and apologies /
For past and current crimes, damaged psychologies /
The war on drugs is over, watch the drop in all the robberies /
Close the jails and prisons, equalized economy /
Try to try me, and we can still be enemies /
In this new society, without the death penalty /
No illegal immigrants, no victims in the pens /
No corporate profiting, no crime and punishment /
We’ll tend to mental ailments, applying intervention /
Ending the surveillance, denying all detention /
Rebuilding our communities, village by village /
It’s time to check your white male heterosexual privilege

[Hook: Jesse Jett]

One time, I’ll say it out loud, honey: /
To a riot cop, three is a crowd /
How much money are we paying right now /
So you’ll beat us down?

One time, I’ll say it out loud, honey: /
To a riot cop, three is a crowd /
How much money are we paying right now /
So you’ll beat us down?

Refer also to:

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“Rule of Law” or “Rich White Man Law?” US Senate (controls Supreme Court nominees) created to represent the rich: “…to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority.” John A. MacDonald, 1st thug PM on why Canada needed an appointed Senate: “We must protect the rights of the minority, and the rich are always in fewer number than the poor.”

Emmett [email protected] Poli Sci Prof, UWaterloo. Constitutional Law, Public Policy & Cdn Politics. Author & editor of books.

Law is politics people. Never forget.

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87 White men
10 White women

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Law Society Ontario (LSO)’s white privilege bucket runneth over

Pissing on Reconciliation, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney calls First Nations “Fringe Groups” and spews rule of law while he remains under investigation for breaking it. Law Prof Heidi Matthews: “‘Rule of law’ is a conservative talking point.”

Terrorism by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) against Land & Water Protectors in 2013 in New Brunswick, in 2020 in BC, and at Ernst’s home in Alberta in 2009. “The people who filed the complaint in 2013 have yet to see the report…a seven-year delay in justice is unacceptable.”

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Canada’s racist legal industry rots & lies on: Alberta lawyer Leighton Grey (posted Black Lives Matter ‘leftist lie’ video), resigns. Picked by racist Kenney’s racist UCP to be on racist committee to pick racist judges? Grey was lawyer for Clayton Boucher, imprisoned after racist RCMP found baking soda in his home.

UCP piling on rot in Alberta’s already rotten judicial industry. Perfect person for KKKenney-Harper Team vetting judge appointments, someone who can’t remember: “Former finance minister Pat Nelson, who served under premier Ralph Klein, said she can’t remember who from Alberta Justice called to recruit her, nor can she recall who conducted the ‘short’ interview with her or if she was asked to provide references.”

Documents show EPA health concerns on frac chemicals kept secret, approved for use by companies near families & communities anyways: Intentional Environmental Racism by Regulators? Against everyone living frac’d?

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